*edit 6.20.07* in response to some questions, you can find these inks at www.sewthankful.com
*edit 6.21.07* LouAnne asked if the techniques are different in using these inks and OzCraft dyes...I don't know as I have never used those. I've heard they are great, though. Anybody know?
Susan Nixon sent me some nice lace along with her check for a Jump Start Fabric Pack. Thanks, Susan!!!
I knew right off that it was the perfect scale for my next seam treatment...but I needed to color it to blend in with my block.
Out come the Tsukineko inks for on the spot transformation from white lace to earthy lace. My method is so quick and dirty...the lace doesn't look perfectly dyed or anything...but the irregularities in the pigment will become blended by the stitching that will go over it.
Have a look....
My target is the main curved seam in this block that follows the leaf.
I wanted the lace to blend in with the orange and green that is going on in the block, and I wanted to make it darkish in value.
Lynn Majidimehr wrote an article in CQMagOnline awhile back, Coloring Lace with All Purpose Tsukineko Inks. I referred to that, and you can too, just click the link.
It looks a little muddie, with the green and orange blending like that. But flowers grow in mud, right? It's o.k. to have some dirt in my quilt! And the stitching will even this all out.
When applying lace or trim to a curve, I like to iron it into shape first. Some laces will give you a pretty good bend.
A little trick here. I open up the seam where my lace is going to "end" with my seam ripper. Then I insert the end of the lace and whip stitch it all closed and in place. I do this all the time, because I almost never add trim or lace while I am piecing. And it is easier and less bulky than tucking under the end of the lace and sewing that down on top of the block.
Here we go, all done!