Adventures in salvaging, recycling, repurposing and upcycling pre-loved fabric.
Encrusted CQ class project
Friday, 13 January 2012
Glue Resist Painting - Part Three
The painted fabric dried, then I soaked it for 15 minutes or so in a sink of very warm, soapy water. I used shampoo, since my skin is allergic to dish soap. After a hot soapy soak, I begin to rub the glue off the fabric. The glue is softened after soaking, so it's fairly easy to remove, although wherever the glue is thicker I need to use my thumb nail to scrape off the last sticky bits. When the glue is removed, I rinse the fabric in cold water and hang it to dry. When it's dry and pressed, here is the finished piece of fabric, ready to add to any craft, sewing or quilt project:
The colour is much lighter than when I started, which is exactly the look I was going for. To have a darker coloured fabric, use less water to dilute the fabric paint.
Here are other examples of fabrics made in the same way:
Although it takes several days to dry between steps, it's a fun and easy technique. I hope you'll try it!