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January 19, 2012


Good Morning, Prim Friends -

I've been experimenting with different methods of dyeing my linen for cross stitching. I don't see why you couldn't use any fabric that you want to age, though. I used the tea method that I shared in a post HERE. Tonight I overdyed the Polly Daggett sampler that I'm working on. I used espresso coffee that I've had bottled for 3 weeks. I re-wet the linen, dipped it in the espresso, added the
alum and it's hanging in the kitchen to dry. I'm
anxious to see what it looks like when it dries.
I'll take a picture and post it tomorrow; I've made
more stitching progress and I'm into the alpha-
bet section now. 
You can make a pot of very strong tea and bottle
that and let it sit for 3-4 weeks. You would use this tea instead of the boiling water for a darker result.
Don't forget to try both ways, dry linen and wetting the linen. The dry linen will take the
color in an uneven pattern if you like that look.
You can also let the brewed coffee sit for 3-4 weeks, espresso brewed and stored for 3-4 weeks and follow the directions in the post HERE.
Always add alum for the final time in the dye.
And in my book, it states that if you spray your
stitched sampler with Scotch Guard (
mark) it will make black floss run, making streaks on the linen. There are some original samplers
where this has happened. I found that information interesting. I haven't tried it yet.
If stitching samplers is your thing, you should get a copy of the book American Samplers by
Ethyl Bolton and Eva Coe, published in 1921 by
the Daughters of the American Revolution 
(D.A.R.). It's been republished by Dover Publi-
cations, Inc., in New York.
There are the greatest verses printed  in  the book.
Verses were seldom original to the stitcher. They
were taken from the scriptures or from church
sermons. They also copied from other samplers.
Or they could have been about the girls' parents,
birth and death records of the family or about
sewing and stitching, love and marriage:
"when two fond hearts as one unite, the yoke is
easy and the burden light" 1822.
I'd like to make some pin keeps or cupboard tucks with the simple sayings.
I'm still hurting from the injection. It takes a while for the medicine to work it's way through the spine and if it is going to work it's supposed to in a couple of days. I had a bad day and night yesterday, my left leg pain was unusually bad.
Blogging and the stitching takes my mind off of the discomfort.
Tricia of Hillcrest Home and I finally got together yesterday. I emailed her and left her my phone number and she called me! She's a wonderful gal and we talked for over an hour. We plan on chatting on a regular basis. I'm anxiously awaiting my package from the giveaway and there are surprises in there that I don't know about.
I've been so lucky with the giveaways that I can't wait to finish the sampler and have my own giveaway. I feel a little guilty and think I should not enter anymore for a while!
I'll leave you with another verse that describes
how I feel:
"No star so bright as my delight" (1792)

4:05 a.m.


Hillcresthome Prims said...

Susan, PLEASE relax today. I read that you had a bad night, last night. I am praying for you my new friend!

I am so happy we were able to talk on the phone and we both live in Mass., when the weather gets better we can get together!
I had a ball talking with you!
Don't you feel guilty on winning some giveaways, you ENTER the giveaways.
Everyone does! It is a fun thing that us blogger's do! I love to do giveaway's and bring joy to someone.

You keep stitching,you stitching is beautiful, and if it takes your mind off the discomfort you are in, keep blogging and stitching.I am praying that soon the pain will get less everyday!
I also LOVE the verse that you wrote at the end of your blog!
Hugs and kisses,
Tricia XO

Trace4J said...

Thanks for sharing the dyeing process. Hope you are feeling better soon.
Hugs to you

Sheila said...

Morning Susan,
hope you are doing better today. You've been in my prayers my friend!
Glad you and Tricia finally connected and I bet she put some really cute stuff in there too. Lucky girl!
I'll email you later.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I sure hope you feel better soon! I'm so glad we are friends and you visit me when I post! I appreciate you and your sweet comments! ♥♥♥

frontporchprims said...

Nothing better than that coffee smell and stained fingers and then a beautiful piece of fabric at the end. Congrats on your win. -Steph-

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

Hey Susan what does the alum do..and thanks for the tip on dry and wet..and the spraying thing to get the floss to that a good thing? I have never seen this before..must check out the other posts you listed..I hope you are feeling better today..and looks like you will be in for a nap:O)

Penelope's Beehive said...

Oh dear, I do hope that you are feeling much improved very soon Susan!
I shall look forward to seeing your lovely hand-dyed linen. Thank you for sharing your "recipes."

Be well...


Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Susan ~ Hope you feel better soon!
Thanks for all the info!
It's always nice to see how other people do it.
Prim Blessings

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