Monday, November 25, 2013
It's craft time. I'm in the middle of rebranding and labeling my shop with just my name - it feels simple and right to me to make this change - so that means I need new clothing labels. I shared a label DIY a couple years back, but it's been so long that I thought a refresher might be in order.
What you need.. customized rubber stamp (I recommend The Stamp Maker, it's inexpensive and they ship really fast - my 2x1/2 inch stamp cost only ten dollars), fabric paint such as screen printing ink, a roller or brayer, a smooth and nonporous surface to roll your ink out on (I used an old acrylic surface), Fray Check, an iron, and single face satin ribbon (smoother and better than grosgrain, in my opinion).
First step - cut your ribbon. My stamp is about 2 inches wide, and I cut ribbon pieces between 3 1/2 inches and 4 inches wide. I used pinking shears as an added protection from fraying.
Step two - take your flat surface and just a teaspoon of fabric paint. Roll it out flat using your roller. Once you have a very thin, even layer of paint, press your stamp into the paint.
Step three - stamp firmly and evenly! If you find the ink is too thick and dark and slightly smudged, press lighter. Keep dipping your stamp in the ink between labels.
Step four - allow your fabric labels to dry. Once dry, spread fray check along the outer edges (be careful to add only a small amount as it can spread).
Step five - allow to dry again. Once the fray check is dry, heat set your labels using an iron set on low heat (no steam) for about twenty seconds. Place a piece of cotton fabric between the label and the iron.
Step six - press the ends of the label inside. You can fold the edges in twice to make it look a little nicer.
When ready to attach labels to your clothing, simply sew the outer left and right edges in place. Now you have wash-fast, custom clothing tags.
Thanksgiving is almost upon us.. baking exploits coming soon.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
I'm midway through a beginner's pottery class at Savannah's Clay Spot. There is something relaxing about working with a wheel, despite the challenge.. maybe it's because the speed and rhythm of the wheel helps with the work, and maybe because the pressure's off because I'm just beginning and if I mess up, I can start over. Or maybe it's because I watched too much Ghost as a kid. Whatever the reason, I don't remember ever getting this geeked out over learning a new skill. It is fun, and Lisa, owner of Savannah's Clay Spot, is a wonderful teacher.
With throwing on the wheel, you make the pot, let it dry for a short while, trim the bottom, let it dry some more, fire it (in which it turns hard and slightly pink like in the fourth photo below), glaze it, then fire it again. Crafting a pot is a lengthy process, but watching a mound of musty, wet clay turn into something smooth and functional is entirely worth it. Learning the steps gives me an appreciation for all the great potters out there.
The pots below are ones I've made so far, except the first photo. Those are way too good to be made by me - maybe someday.
Above are my first finished clay pots! They are tiny, handheld things.. next step is to conquer larger projects. I'll share more photos once class is done in a couple weeks to show my progress.