In a largely failing attempt to distract myself from impatiently anticipating the upcoming labor, I made swaddling blankets.
Inspired by Leslie Keating’s tutorial, I armed myself with unbleached muslin from JoAnn’s, a small variety of leaves (maple, tulip poplar, elm), acrylics, Fabric Medium, a glass bottle instead of a roller – and spent several hours telling myself to leave some white space between the colorful leafy awesomeness.
- To keep hue per leaf consistent throughout, mix more pigment than you think you need;
- More water = thinner layer of paint = better detail of veins;
- Heat-set, HEM, then wash;
Guided by MustHaveMom’s tutorial and instructions on Rit Liquid Dye bottles, I hemmed four 45×45 inch white muslin squares, and then basically cooked each for 40 minutes on medium heat in a steel 8 liter pot. I winged various combinations of Aquamarine and Wine hues to get the colors you see below.