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j4 From: j4 Date: June 1st, 2004 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fabric pens. They're like very fine-tipped felt-tips, and they don't seem bleed into the fabric (which is one of the things I was worried about).
juggzy From: juggzy Date: June 1st, 2004 01:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Janet - the colours from the pens are not intense enough. It may still work as a pastelly hint of colour thing. One of the options for more intense colour is fabric paint. I am not sure that that is right, though.

If you want a glittery flashy thing there are two options. The first is embroidery, which can give as much flash as you are prepared to have if you can find the glittery thread (which I am sure is available). The second is sequins. I am a huge fan of sequins. If you want more intense colour, then you are going to have to add fabric onto the damask - which is lovely. But I am not sure that you will be able to pick the flowers out.
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: June 1st, 2004 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Picking out a self-coloured design (like on this fabric) is pretty hard with fabric paints - I find they're better for free designs, preferably on a big scale. That might just be my cack-handedness.

Personally I think I'd go with embroidery - machine would be quicker but hand would be more intricate and gorgeous when finished. j4, want to bring some of the spare fabric to the oxm34t? I have fabric paint and brushes if you want to try it anyway.
j4 From: j4 Date: June 1st, 2004 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't find it difficult picking out the pattern, it's just knowing what to do with it. Embroidery really, really, REALLY isn't an option.

Fabric paint sounds awfully messy -- and very difficult to pick out small patterns with brushes. Also a lot of faff with having to let it all dry, do only one colour at a time, wash brushes, etc. etc. ... I really did want to just use the pens if at all possible, because they're quick and simple and cheap (well, they're not that cheap to buy, but I already bought them, ages ago). :-/
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: June 1st, 2004 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Didn't realise you had the time constraint, so see what you mean about embroidery. Still reckon some (glittery/shiny threads) would pick out bits very nicely though. And I'm a fast stitcher. ;-)
j4 From: j4 Date: June 1st, 2004 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I don't know if I want the colours to be intense or not. This is the real problem, I can think of lots of possible different things to do with it but I can't do them all so -- as usual -- I end up suspended between all the possible options feeling more and more useless as I fail to do anything.

Sequins involve too much sewing. No idea how to do embroidery (except cross-stitch) and no time to learn in the next two weeks (and I'm busy one of the two weekends between now and Glastonbury). Also no money with which to buy oceans of embroidery thread -- or sequins or oddments of fabric, for that matter -- whereas I already have the fabric pens. That's why I was going to use them. Now I'm worried it won't work at all. :-(
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: June 1st, 2004 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have pretty much the whole DMC range, inc. glittery threads, if you want to combine techniques. Backstitch along design lines isn't time-consuming. I wouldn't mind helping create something like this (see other comment). JLMK if you want to raid my stash. It's what it's there for, and it was bought in the USA for $ILLY PRICE$, so no crap about cost/using my stuff, pur-lease! ;-)
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