Crayon Tinted Embroidery: Introduction
Tinted linens & Quilts.
Tinted embroidery is as simple as colouring in pages of a colouring in book. Over time tinted textiles have held a special place in popular embroidery. Items from toys, needle cases, quilts, laundry bags, pillow slips, tea towels and other humble linens used for the home once featured tinted colour and or combined with embroidery stitches. A touch of tinted colour often transformed simple, popular motifs into artful timeless treasures. Hand tinted novelties from the 1920’s, 1930’s and 1940’s were at the peak of popularity. The charm of tinted works of these eras were so popular it is hard to image the era’s without them. Today tinted embroidery is rarely heard of and many collectors appreciate the vintage charm older pieces have.
STEP 1: Position material over a pattern, secure corners with masking tape. Trace pattern outline directly onto material with a blue line fade away pen or pencil if you prefer.
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Step 2: Place material on a padded surface like a stack of printing paper to work on. And begin to colour areas with regular children’s Crayola crayons. Colour the pattern well with the crayon colour to make sure no fabric is showing through. White, cream, and very pale coloured fabric is best for any tinted embroidery.
Step 3: Sandwich the material between two sheets of plain paper. Iron on ‘cotton’ setting to ‘set’ the crayon colours.
Step 4: If desired the design can now be embroidered using 3-ply embroidery thread (floss) to outline the design in simple stem stitch (outline stitch). Plain black embroidery thread looks effective but you can also use embroidery thread to match the colour of the tinting. Use a darker shade (colour) of thread to go with the tint.
Once set, linens can be machined washed in cold water. If you have a potholder I prefer to wash mine by hand. I swish it around in mild detergent and roll it up in a towel to squeeze out excess water then hang up to dry.
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