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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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