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vinaigrettegirl From: vinaigrettegirl Date: June 1st, 2004 01:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

flahrs

You could: use an embroidery frame - fabric pens work better on stretched, (and, ideally, ironed and sized) material; decide on two or three definite flower patterns, maybe not so heavily William Morris-y ones, and stick to them (stencils might help here)?; keep each design to two colours per design (yellow and red; green leaves and blue flowers); go for a design of small dots and stars/asterisks instead, in every colour you've got.

Alternatively, ripped little fabric squares in bright colours, or in a "colourway" of harmonising colours, stapled onto the fabric, could be fun, too: upmarket rags and tatters. But you need to do the stapling inside out, so that the shank of the staple, rather than the ends, or inside the dress and thus will lie more smoothly on your skin.
Stitching is more wearable but takes more time :-) and I don't know how much of that you have.

Sounds like a lovely dress! I'm sure you'll look great in it no matter what you choose to do in the way of leaving it alone or decorating it. Good luck!
j4 From: j4 Date: June 1st, 2004 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: flahrs

not so heavily William Morris-y

Ah, sorry, I didn't make it clear (and I had forgotten it doesn't really show on the photos) -- the pattern is already there, sort of embossed onto the fabric -- the flowers are differently shiny from the rest of the fabric, I can't explain it very well -- but I'm just picking them out in colours, not doing my own design.

The material was ironed but I don't have an embroidery frame. Not sure what you mean by "sized" ...

I don't really want to staple it at all, it frays so badly anyway! And I don't have much time -- it's supposed to be for Glastonbury which is the last weekend in June. :-/
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: June 1st, 2004 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: flahrs

Sized is like starched (well, pretty much). It's a crisp-but-not-stiffening finish that makes it easier to apply colour without leeching, among other things.
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: June 1st, 2004 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: flahrs

If you want to get it done, bring the dress next week. If you combine fabric pens and paint, and have a couple of hands working on it, I would imagine it's possible to get quite a lot of it done. I don't know how permanent it would be but you could always touch it up post-Glasto.
vinaigrettegirl From: vinaigrettegirl Date: June 2nd, 2004 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: flahrs, aha!

Gotcha - I did twig in the night that you said 'damask', d'oh.

The thing with damask is that the weave creates the pattern and drawing over the edges places your ink over threads going in different directions, which then gives you fuzzy edges. Hence doing a totally different drawn pattern over damask can be a Gude Thyng, but picking out the woven pattern in dots rather than lines would be lighter on the eye, too.

There will be a degree of repeat to the weave: you could choose Every Third Acanthus Leaf to decorate and leave the rest plain. That will help.

You could stretch the fabric over the dining room table and weigh down the opposite edge with bricks, lacking a frame. (My mom did this for a vast skirt she was repainting in gold, silver, and black, prior to replacing all the sequins...)

"Sized" = starched and then stretched flat out while wet and allowed to dry. Like canvasses for Artworks, or scrims in the theatre. You can cheat with spray starch and a hot iron if the damask is cotton :-)

Time is short, I see that. Your friend's suggestion of sequins is a good one, too.
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