Crafting Thread!

Tornadic Thoughts

I still hope to one day learn to crochet and/or knit. It always amazes me what can be created.

The furniture decoupage fascinates me, too. LOVE the bird scene!

I have my late mom's sewing machine here now, but I still struggle with becoming one with the bobbin. Grrr... Maybe one day I'll get the hang of it.

I've been testing out a new crafty venture by, so far, using things found in nature to do some bleach dyes with. It reminds me of shadow work, of sorts, and I sure as hell can relate to that. lol

I immediately discovered the importance of finding a spray bottle that does not drip as you spray the bleach. Damn details. ?

Next try will be using some old doilies and other things I found in an old craft box that I think/hope will make good stencil-like options.

I liked that it was quick and easy to set up, fun to find items to use that are freely provided and already on hand, and it's an instant reward kind of scene - or instant learning experience - whichever shows up first. ?



Major drippage happenin' with these two, then the bleach that pooled up on the leaves as I sprayed dripped when I not-so-gracefully lifted them:



Notes to self:

  • Flatten the leaves as much as possible before your next attempt.
  • Have a towel handy to soak up excess bleach - very carefully and slowly.
  • Test the spray bottle on multiple settings several times to see if it drips before committing to using it with the bleach mixture.
  • Find some old dark pillow cases to continue to practice on.

Tornadic Thoughts

Thank you both, @ladee and @Chitoshi .

So it seems I've created a vintage birds of a feather botanical drip-dye (love it! - lol) to match my already existing tie-dye collection (crafted by other talented hands). ?

Yeah. I meant to do that. ? ?

Had a busy day today and another one tomorrow, but hope to get back to experimenting Friday, especially now that I porch-picked up some never seen before, by me, cool little doilies today from someone wanting to get rid of them. Yay!

It's been quite a while since I've found feathers on the ground during my nature walks, but the last two nights, I found one each night to add to my ever-growing collection.

Looks like I'm committed to create more samples now, thanks to the universe prompting and so readily providing supplies. lol


@Tornadic Thoughts if you don't have someone who can teach you to crochet or knit, there are a gazillion tutorials on YouTube that teach both.

Crocheting is one of my winter crafts. So many beautiful things can be made. Give them a look over, the tutorials, and see what you think. Look for 'beginner crochet.

And be patient with yourself. It takes time to learn how to hold the crochet hook and the yarn or thread to get the right tension. You can do it!!