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DIY Distressed Picture Frame With Rock Heart

DIY Distressed Picture Frame With Heart Shaped Rock

I made a shabby chic picture frame with a heart shaped river rock. Years ago I found the heart shaped rock in a river. I thought a distressed wood picture frame resembling driftwood would make a nice display for the stone heart. So I grabbed a piece of scrap wood, distressed the wood and stained it with steel wool and vinegar. Continue reading DIY Distressed Picture Frame With Rock Heart

Victorian Laundry: Washing And Stain Remover Recipes

Victorian Laundry- Washing And Stain Remover Recipes

‘As the appearance of many articles of dress depends greatly upon the skill of the washerwoman, it is thought that a few hints on the subject may not be misapplied; these have been collected from experienced laundresses’. (The Workwoman’s Guide, 1840, p. 234) Continue reading Victorian Laundry: Washing And Stain Remover Recipes

How To Dye Cotton Blue With Black Beans (DIY Iron Mordant)

red cabbage dye sample

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to dye cotton fabric blue with black beans using DIY iron mordant and the cold dyeing process.

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Black, Purple, And Rust-Colored Dye Samples

Common bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) natural dye
Common bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)

Here are some more dye samples I’ve made. The first is common bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) on cotton fabric and silk fabric. To get this dark purple color, it’s necessary to use common bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) with dark red flesh; blueberries (Vaccinium cyanococcus) with white flesh don’t work. The fabrics aren’t mordanted. Continue reading Black, Purple, And Rust-Colored Dye Samples