This has been an exhausting week! Janae and I have been working on her new floors and I have really been getting behind on my normal stuff..like blogging! I am anxious to hopefully visit all I follow tonight and see what you have been up too.
Last night Janae was only needing me to cut pieces once in awhile, so between cuts I was working on making a melted rose. There are so many tutorials out there but I found it to be harder than most of them make it sound. Of course, though I am creative, when I first learn something it seems like it takes me a minute to totally get it:)
I started with some white satin I found at Goodwill. You need to use fabrics with polyester, fabrics that will melt. You can use laces and other fabrics but the lace I had with me at Janae's had to loose of a weave and wasn't working. It was melting up too much. I wanted to make a pink and white rose and I couldn't find the right color of pink so I decided to dye some.
I used the color Petal Pink and I love the color. I will use this color again.
First you cut 6 random circles--they shouldn't be perfect. Then you cut into the center, again no need to be perfect.
Then you work with a candle to melt the edges. At first I was using a pillar candle--I found using a candle jar makes much more heat. Also you need to hold the fabric above the candle..at first I was trying to hold it off to the side and just work around the edges and that didn't work. Holding it above the flame and working around the edges is what worked for me.
After melting each layer you can lay them together..biggest to smallest and sew them together in the middle. At this point you can add a button or something.
It turned out quite pretty--looking like a rose that has completely opened.
It felt good to do a project. I can imagine now that I could make these for a lot of different projects. You could put them on tote bags, pillows, boxes, gifts, jackets...or a magazine rack that you recently got at Goodwill for $3.99.....:)
Thanks for visiting!