Gifts for friends
I have a great group of former co-worker friends. We have been getting together almost every month since I retired over 9 and a half years ago. Now 3 of the 6 are retired with one schedule for next year. I enjoy coming up with a handmade gift for them each year.
This year I ordered these Grocery Totes from Dharma and screen printed them with different designs using Jacquard Color Magnet. I absolutely love using this stuff. You have to dye the item a light shade so that the printed area gets nice and dark. This technique works best with colors other than yellows and golds. Here are all of the results. I was really happy with them. If I had more time I could have added some painted details but the 88 postcards took most of my time!
Everybody got 2 bags. Some had different designs front and back. It was all about the screens I had and how I could put them together.
One of my friends made a special request for new potholders. Since she makes Chris the most amazing peanut brittle I was happy to oblige! I use this tutorial to make my potholders. These are really popular and I know I've made over 100 of them over the years.
12/12/2019 10:11:56 am
Color Magnet is a cool product! Other tips for your readers are: be careful not to get any drips (it doesn't wash out)!, and don't add even a tiny amount of black to your dye. I dyed some orange napkins and a tablecloth, inspired by one of your projects, and added a tiny amount of black to get a jewel tone of orange. The Color Magnet screenprints showed up as brown and not orange. They don't look bad, they just didn't show up as much as I would have liked! Your bags look great - what a nice gift and also a nice tradition with your former coworkers.
12/12/2019 10:13:08 am
(oops - this comment might appear twice....sorry!). As I was saying....your friends are going to love those bags. I'm going to check out the potholder tutorial and see if I have the 'makings' to create a couple to tuck in with Resident Chef's gift this year.
12/12/2019 10:13:35 am
P.S. I forgot to add - your potholder pattern is great. I made 2 a few years ago. They are very substantial although my machine struggled a bit with all the layers.
12/12/2019 10:14:58 am
I think that is wonderful how you and your co-works get together! Those bags turned out so pretty! I think I have a jar of that Color magnet somewhere.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.