Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cozy up and Enjoy your Coffee featuring Kunin® Felt and hand embroidery

Enjoy working with Kunin Felt

When the opportunity to join the DCC blog hop featuring Kunin Felt was offered to me, I jumped at the chance to work with this ecofriendly, made in the USA felt!  I love to work with felt but so many of the craft felts disappoint as they are thinner and do not hold up well with embroidery. Also, being allergic to wool takes me out of the market to embroider with the beautiful rainbow of colors that wool offers.  Upon receiving my envelope of felt goodness, I immediately knew this was no ordinary craft felt.  Here’s a little more information from Debra Quartermain, Design Lead from Kunin Felt Product-

“Kunin Felt recycles billions of water bottles every year that would otherwise be in the landfills and makes them into a product which becomes felt.  12 bottles equal 1 lb. of felt.  The felt is weather resistant and fade proof, great for outdoor décor. You can even line your garden beds or patio with it, weed free!  The felt diecuts beautifully.  You can even emboss it and stamp on it.”
 
Beautiful colors
As I took out the Classicfelt and the Premiumfelt, I knew this {felt} felt good in my hands, so it was going to make a great cozy to wrap around my coffee mug/tumbler which is where my hands are every morning around 5 am! I decided to run the felt through my Sizzix Big Shot and create my own embellishments and sentiment for my cozy. The Premium felt in smoke, was the perfect base piece to make the cozy and with new seasons approaching, I decided to cut leaves, a teacup and ‘Enjoy’ along with a few hearts to share my love of coffee, embroidery and Kunin Felt.  This project was a work of heart and also was finished in an evening. I love this felt so much that I am working on the second one and will hopefully keep adding to my coffee love with cozies and Kunin Felt! Pour a cup of joe, and let’s get started making a cozy –you might even be finished before your second cup!
I had the beads ready but decided I liked the
embroidery without the beads!
 
This felt die cuts with ease.
I loved the stitching the leaves!
Gather

9” x 12” Classicfelt in Olive, White, Baby Pink, Baby Blue
12” x 18” Premiumfelt in Smoke

Cozy pattern*
Sizzix dies in Harvest Pumpkin, Primitive Hearts
Spellbinders die – ‘Enjoy’
Provo Craft die - Hearts
Fabric scissors
DMC embroidery floss – white, 470, 519, 605
Embroidery needle, scissors
Sewing machine
Sewing thread in Black
Pins

 *If you are interested in this pattern, email  me at  chantal515@verizon.net with cozy pattern in the subject and I will send you a pdf that you can print out on heavy card stock paper for you very own use.

Make


1.     Place cozy pattern on Smoke. Pin in place and cut.
2.     Die cut leaves, teacup, hearts and ‘Enjoy’ with Sizzix Big Shot.

Arrange pieces in the center of the cozy

3.     Once, all pieces are cut, find center of cozy and begin to pin all pieces in place.


Close up of embroidery stitches
4.     For the leaves, use 2 strands of DMC 470 and the stem stitch to outline/highlight the inner part of the leaves.
5.     For ‘Enjoy’, use 2 strands of 519 placing French knots on the letters to secure.
6.     With DMC in white and the running stitch, stich around the teacup
7.     With DMC 605, add a few French knots to the mini heart inside the teacup.
8.     Once the front is completed, pin the ends right side together, and with the sewing machine, straight stitch to create a ¼” seam and create the cozy. Turn rightside out.

The back is as pretty as the front!

9.     With DMC 605, secure the larger heart to the back with French knots


Until next time, slip your finished cozy around a delicious cup of coffee and sit back and admire your handiwork! While you are relaxing, be sure to check out more projects using Kunin Felt on the DCC blog



Cozy up with a wonderful cup of coffee or tea!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Platters and Paints - A whitewashing technique featuring etchall® etching creme and Chalk it up paints by EarthSafe Finishes



Gather- the platter graces my China Cabinet Ledge



I recently was using the paint technique of white washing on some of my older terra cotta pots.  In Texas, these pots usually do not make it through the winter as we can have freezing temps one day and then warm up in the 70’s- a major no-no when it comes to ceramics…Cracking occurs and then the pots are not really useful.  Or in the outdoors, they do not maintain the beautiful terra cotta color.  Turning old terra cotta pots and platters into new home décor pieces is my way to rescue these pots; painting them is also a fun, addictive and rewarding process.  The Earthsafe Finish Chalk it up Paints are some of the best I have worked with.  The ease in which they work and the beautiful color palette are just a few reasons I love these paints.  They are also good for the environment as well as for us! The whitewashing technique is super simple and yields a beautiful result.  The paint must be painted on unglazed pots for the technique to work.  With my platters, there was a glaze finish so I knew I had to remove it. Using etchall® crème was the answer (normally used for etching glass, slate, mirrors and more). It is a quick 15-minute process that removes the glaze and is now ready for white washing and stenciling. When all is complete, it is now a perfect addition to my dining room and greets everyone as we gather around the table.

Let’s get started…

Gather
 
a few supplies
Terra Cotta platter- used or new
etchall® etching crème
etchall® squeegee
Earthsafe Finishes Chalk it up lighter colors in cheesecake, licorice
Sponge brushes
Paper towels
Cup for water
Stencil brush
Stencil
Painters Tape
Wax Sealer
Cotton Rag


To remove the glaze

1.      With the etchall®squegee, spread the etching crème all over the front of the platter.  Don’t worry about using too much.  It’s all reusable!!
etching creme is spread-now we wait.

2.     Set timer for 15 minutes and let etchall® do its magic!
3.     When the timer rings, using the squeegee, gather the crème and put as much of the crème back in the jar. *you may not get all the crème, and that’s ok.
4.     Rinse in a stainless-steel sink or fill a plastic tub with water to remove any of the crème still on the surface.   Let dry. Now your platter is ready for whitewashing

*This technique works on other surfaces such as china and porcelain. So be careful around sinks and countertops. 


Whitewashing Technique
 
Here, I am adding different directions with the paint
for depth and interest
1.     Using a sponge brush and paint, working in small sections at a time, brush horizontally across the platter. Then go back and paint in a vertical brush strokes if you want a more random result.
2.     With a damp crumbled paper towel, wipe across the paint.  Spreading and removing as much or as little as you like. 
3.     Continue to add paint and wiping with water until the platter is finished.  You can add more paint in areas if needed. Keep your brush strokes in one direction as this will give a cohesive background for the stencil or you can paint in several directions, wiping to blend.
4.     Let dry.
 
Finished project
Stencil and Seal

1.     Using Painter’s tape, tape down stencil to be used. Around the rim of the platter, you may need to bend and manipulate the stencil to lay “flat”
2.      Using the less is more “dry brush” technique, dip stencil brush into the licorice and dab off a little of the paint onto a paper plate.
3.     Begin stenciling (pouncing) on your platter, refilling your brush as needed.  The platter can soak up the paint, you may have to go over areas again but better to start with a little paint than too much.
4.     Once stencil area has been painted, remove stencil and tape. Let dry.
Using a rag to spread the wax

5.     Using a rag, wipe on wax with a light hand and continuous motion all around the platter.
 
Stenciled and Sealed

Now your platter is ready to welcome family and friends into your home.  I set mine on an iron easel.  The Platter is a bit heavy, so it will need a strong support.  This platter was so fun to make that I have 2 more ready to be stenciled.  I am thinking perhaps a holiday stencil or even to personalize it with our last name.  I also have a few small saucers (without the drainage holes), so I am envisioning drinking coasters, place cards, table decorations… the possibilities are endless!  

 
Here's one for the coffee bar!
Until next time, paint up a few platters and then gather around the table for priceless conversation!