rabbit and sheep greetings…
I’ve had some requests for the colors I used for Rabbit and Sheep Greetings. Here they are….
These are all Valdani size 12 perle cotton. I used two strands of each in my Cameo medium sized needle on the lowest (#1) setting.
jp11 ~ rabbit suit
p3 ~ sheep body
o196 ~ rabbit foot, hand, and head
h212 ~ sheep face and ear
pt2 ~ letters on “greetings” banner
5 ~ rabbit shirt, cuff, banner background
I purchase my Valdani from Snowflake Memories. You can find their website by clicking here.
I’ve also had some requests for how I use coffee as an aging agent. It’s really simple!
Take a bowl and add coffee. It’s nice if the coffee is room temp rather than piping hot as you’ll be putting your hands in it.
Get your punched piece wet. (“Humble” is a fabulous design from Lori Brechlin! You can visit her site and find her awesome patterns by clicking here.)
Squeeze out the excess water.
Place the piece in the coffee and push it down so that the coffee covers most of it.
Let it sit until you remember to do something about it. The longer you leave it in the coffee the darker it will be and the color will tend toward a greyish/brown. I prefer to have a brown-er and more water damaged look, so I try to remember to take my piece out after just a minute or two.
Put the bowl in the sink and squeeze/wring the piece firmly, removing most of the coffee. I use two hands for the squeezing, but needed one hand here to take the photo. :~>
If you want that water stained look ~ that is, patches of brown and patches of not so brown ~ keep the piece wadded up, like in the picture above and let it dry most or all of the way. If the piece looks too variegated for your taste, rinse it, wring it and let it dry again. If you want to start over, use a little gentle dish soap or laundry detergent to, almost, free the piece of coffee and then begin the staining process again.
See how the above has stripes and blotches of stain? That’s from the wadding/drying part of the process.
ewe and ewe two…
The above ewes show that strong mottling achieved by wadding/drying.
If you don’t like that heavily aged look and want a more uniform “glaze” of coffee stain, try swishing the piece around in the coffee. Then, after squeezing out the coffee, un-wad and hang the piece up to dry, rather than leaving it in it’s wadded condition.
I hope this helps! If you have your own favorite aging process, I’d love to hear about it!
Next time I’ll try to show you how I put the bowl slice together with the rabbit/sheep to make a rocker.
Until then, think warm and happy thoughts!