I didn’t bring the curtains I made last year when I moved. The pleated curtains only fit the windows they were made for and my mom wanted the block print ones. But mostly, a new apartment is a chance to decorate in a new way and making curtains is fun. Continue reading
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After the huge project that was my bedroom curtains, I didn’t want to pleat anything else for a long time. So for my living room curtains I bought cheap plain white curtains and stamped them using carved wooden blocks and fabric paint.
The first curtain didn’t come out all that well, but as I went along I came up with a system that works well. Here are some tips:
- put a rag directly under the fabric you’re printing – the paint leaks through a bit
- put a folded towel under the rag – wooden blocks are hard, and they don’t print well if they’re pushing against an equally hard table (this is probably less important if you’re using rubber or linoleum stamps)
- run the roller through the paint after every swipe across the stamp – running it back and forth over the block takes off the paint you’ve just put on
- if you don’t have a roller you can dip the block into the paint, but be sure to keep the layer of paint very thin- you don’t want to fill in the holes of your stamp
- push down firmly and wiggle the block around slightly to get the paint off onto the fabric
- it’s fine to mix different brands of fabric paint – I made the pink I used out of three colors made by three brands and had no problems
I haven’t made any clothes recently, but it’s not because I haven’t been sewing. I’ve been busy working on my new apartment. By far the biggest apartment project was curtains.
Curtains are a great thing to make yourself, as store bought versions just can’t fit your windows as neatly as something you made to measure. They are fairly time consuming and require a lot of fabric, but their mass-produced cousins are so expensive anyway, it’s worth the trouble.
I haven’t posted much recently, because I’ve been busy moving from my parents’ house to my own apartment! This has interfered with my sewing, and even more with my picture taking since I forgot to bring my camera. This weekend I went home and collected my camera (also, we finally bought glasses! and a shower curtain! we’re something like two thirds of the way to a functioning home.) So here’s the better lit picture of my corduroy pants I promised weeks ago, along with a basic raglan sleeve shirt, and a tiny glimpse of my new home.