Somewhere along the way, I decided I wanted a border of “stacked logs” for my current quilt, and I would achieve it by discharging fabric. I have had about 2 yards of black fabric (made especially for discharge) for a few years now and I was very excited at the prospects of finally using it. When the discharge paste came in the mail I couldn’t wait to try it out. I gathered up a bunch of stuff that might make good log patterns:
I’m quite tickled with my use of weather stripping tape to make a stamp. I tried all my mark-making tools on a scrap of the black, but they just didn’t have the drama of the tie-dyied sample, so I stamped over some of the areas. Still not what I was looking for, so I pulled out a scrap of a favorite brown fabric and voilá, the contrast I was hoping for:
Today, I gathered up several possible fabrics and started stamping away:
My first attempt ended up being a bit heavy-handed so I used a handy fabric stamp pad and added “logs” back in. I think it helped a lot and I’ll probably even add some more detail with a black pen as well.
Here’s the fruits of today’s labors. They are in the wash now; and when they’re out I’ll see what I’ve really ended up with. Then it’s off to the design wall to unite them with the rest of my forest.
I really like the bottom one, but, of course, it’s the smallest bit of fabric. I think I can get more of the original fabric, but then that would kind of defeat the quilty purpose of using the fabrics in my stash. One would think that with a stash like mine I could surely find enough fabrics to make a fine quilt. Most likely, I’ll get them all up on the design wall and find a way to piece them together and it will end up looking lovely .
UPDATE: Arghhh, the stamping washed out even though I had ironed it (I probably should have let it “cure”). What to do, what to do? If I redo the stamping, I’ll definitely cut first and stamp later so I don’t have to do so much. I’ll try paint too, since I have brown fabric paint here. Maybe a little darker. Yea, and I’ll probably go to the craft shop and see if they have more of that fave brown fabric.