Well. Yesterday I finished The Door Quilt. Because it was large and had had a great deal of handling, I decided to wash it. I don't know what possessed me, but I decided to use Synthrapol, even though there were no hand-dyed fabrics in the piece, and all the fabric had been pre-washed. I think it was because even though I'd followed the directions for setting my inkjet-printed quilt label, I was concerned it might bleed.
Well. I took the piece out of the washer to find that the hitherto white centre motif was tan (as if it had been lightly tea-dyed)...as was the formerly white background of the label on the back.
Again, I don't know what possessed me; I put it in the dryer!
Needless to say, there was no improvement.
Next, I re-washed it with Bubble Jet Rinse; no change.
And then with Dylon S.O.S. Colour Run. Still no difference. Zip. Zero. Nada. Nothing.
What to do? This was a special piece, "given" to me as most of my "Spirit" pieces are -- the design, all-of-a-piece, right down to the colours and the quilting.
"You're an artist, aren't you?", I 'heard' in my head. "Well then, use Gesso." And so I did.
Here's a photo chronology:
|Centre motif detail -- before attaching to background|
|Quilted back. Note the large chunk of red-brown across the top!|
|Originally a white-on-white print, after washing...white-on-tan :-(|
|Applying gesso to the motif|
|Et voila! "Forever Blessed"* (C) 2013|
|Forever Blessed* (C) 2013 - Detail|
Somehow, I think it was meant to be done this way all along.
From "Uh-oh" to "Oh-h-h-h".
*Title from the lyrics of "For All the Saints". "IHS" in the centre = Greek for The Name of Jesus; the lyric reads, "Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blessed. Alleluia."