Happy July, readers. It’s a new month and that means it’s time for another edition of Ditto DIY. I’m linking up with 10 other fabulous bloggers for this month’s challenge, Framing Fabric. My first thought was to cover a cute little pinboard or add a bit of pizzaz to a boring wall by framing some colorful fabric, but then decided to take a completely different route.
A friend of mine just returned from England with a French antique linen night dress, lovingly embroidered with the former owner’s initials. The perfect fabric to frame and hang in a ladies dressing area, don’t you think? In addition to the night dress, here’s what I started with.
…and a handfull of T pins, found in the notions section of any fabric store or the Walmarts. And check out the super-cute bracelet I just got from Lisa Leonard Designs, customized with my littles’ names. Love it!
I know, my Museum Studies grad school friends are screaming, “Did you learn nothing in class about handling fragile textiles, woman?” Simmer down, friends, this is a temporary solution until I can find a frame large enough for this beauty. And I won’t use pins, I promise.
So how do you tack up antique garments, being as gentle as possible? First, use the T pins. This alleviates some of the pressure on the point the pin enters the fabric. It kind of distributes the weight of the fabric a bit. Second, I only pierced the fabric (which is quite hefty) on the seams were the garment is reinforced, also alleviating some of the pull on the entry point of the pin.
And here she is…
Thanks for stopping by today and make sure you check out all the other great projects that others are linking up. Happy July!