Sunday, June 26, 2016

How to Stiffen Tatting with DecoArt Fabric Stiffener

I first used home made stiffener many many years ago when I crocheted baskets, snowflakes and doilies.

I made my own stiffener by dissolving sugar in boiled water. Although this did work it had certain disadvantages such as it being sticky and messy. There was aleays the risk of burnt fingers too! Also the sugar can attract pests......not a good look!

Another method you can use is making up a mix of white glue and water, but this entails measuring, mixing and mess.

I was delighted to test  DecoArt  Fabric Stiffener and it worked a treat on my tatting  - no more messy pots, bowls, measuring or burnt fingers!

Americana Fabric Stiffener can be used to shape and stiffen silk flowers, appliqu├ęs, lace, fabric, ribbon, crochet and tatting. It gives a long lasting finish and dries clear. You can add paint to it to change the colour if you can paint it when dry.

To use it simply either pour some into a bowl and immerse the item or apply to both sides with a small brush. 

I prefer the brush method for tatting as it so delicate and the spaces could get clogged.

 Although one  coat   would suffice I applied two coats to each side allowing it to dry overnight

You can see on this two layer piece how well it worked and how the centre stands up nicely.


I am not posting before and after pictures as it would be difficult to show how stiff the pieces are.

These hearts are a tatting pattern by Decorama

I stiffened pieces tatting with cotton crochet thread and c-Lon nylon thread and it worked well on both
This product is:
water based
Soap and water clean up

If you have never tatted before but would like to try there are lots of tutorials and videos online. It is a very nice craft to do and I like the fact that it is so transportable (is that a word?)

Please feel free to contact me if I can help with links etc


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Make it Shine Metallic Dresser


We recently decided to turn our spare bedroom into a snug/TV room, I painted the wall with a lovely Laura Ashley chalk pink paint to go with their peony curtains and cushions.

We looked for a small piece of furniture to sit in the corner but nothing caught our eye so I thought "why not paint the existing piece we already had?"

This was not a great piece of furniture but I thought it was with a try. I used Americana Chalky Finish Paint from DecoArt and, because it is such a quick and easy paint to apply.

We are really pleased with the finished result and it is perfect for the room - it is now an elegant dresser with burnished silver drawers and crystal drawer knobs 

To do something similar you will need:
DecoArt Dazzling Metallic Paint (I used Shimmering Silver)
DecoArt Media Satin Varnish (or alternatively Wax) 

You will also need: 
A foam roller
A small flat brush
A dragging brush
A piece of lint free cloth

Step 1.
Remove the handles
and apply two coats of Yesteryear to the carcass and drawers allowing it to dry between coats


Step 2.
Once the paint its dry apply two coats of varnish and allow to dry

Step 3.
Mix some Shimmering Silver paint and Glazing Medium in a bowl. Stand the drawers on their ends and apply a fine film of the mixed glaze to each drawer with the flat brush. 
To achieve the dragging effect pull the dragging brush across from one side to the other, in a continuous stroke using the sides rather than the tips of the brush. if you find the glaze building up in the brush wipe off the excess on a rag.

It is difficult to show the beautiful elegant effect in a picture but I would describe it as a soft burnished effect that catches the light rather than a solid mass of silver.

Step 4.
Attach the drawer knobs

The reveal......da da da dah

I had lots of cushions in the attic along with the faded quilt which is just right for the new daybed - I bought a few of the cushions in France and made or painted a few, with linen, also bought in France

 Even if you have never painted a piece of furniture before you will never believe how easy it is. 

Easily refurbish flea market finds with Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™ paint. This ultra-matte chalk paint requires no priming or sanding before using. No special skills are needed to achieve looks from shabby chic to boho modern. Customize with waxes or varnishes to finish and protect the paint surface. Unlike Annie Sloan waxes, Americana Decor wax does not need to be reapplied to upkeep the protective finish

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