Deb’s Decoupaged Embroidery: Dr. Who Clock
Intrepid stitcher, Deb Ovall, discovered the Funk & Weber World blog while searching for info about decoupaging embroidery. She wanted to adhere a cross-stitch design to a clock face, but had never decoupaged before, let alone decoupaged embroidery.
I’ve fiddled around with decoupaged plastic cups and denim pocket bookmarks, as well as earrings and artist trading cards.
Check out Deb’s project:
She started by dyeing her own Aida.
The cloth was white, 14-ct. Aida, and I ice-dyed it using a video I found on YouTube. You wet the cloth, bunch it up in a clump, place it on a rack over a tray, pile as many ice cubes on it as it will hold, sprinkle your powdered dye on the cubes, wait till the ice melts, rinse till clear, dry and iron. I didn’t do anything to set the color except iron it. I didn’t really care what it looked like, I just have so darn much white Aida and didn’t want to buy anything else!
Ah, anyone else have white fabric you’d like to dye? I sure do! And Deb’s fabric looks great, don’t you think?
The design is a pattern pdf from Cloudsfactory. I found a YouTube video for a different clockface that used a 10-inch clock, but when I tried to fit the design into the 10-inch clock I bought, it was 1/4 inch short, even as close as this cut is! Ten inches was the outside diameter, LOL!
I put the clock away and re-stitched the pattern on 16-ct, which fit a different clock I had: This board clock was $6 at a yard sale and had a 1/8-inch-thick plastic face that I peeled off. The clockworks still worked, so I removed them and fixed up the board.
Deb used an enamel spray paint to cover the wood base.
I knew about Modpodge but had never used it, so I was just groping in the dark all over the place here. That’s why I was glad to find your blog! Sometimes you just need one little push to go for it, eh?
Oh, I love pushing!
Deb purchased Fabric Mod Podge* for the project, unsure whether that was the best choice or not. Well, she was pretty confident it was the best choice for the fabric, but what about the painted wood base that the fabric would be adhered to?
What Plaid, the maker of Mod Podge, seems to recommend in this case is to prepare the fabric by coating it with Fabric Mod Podge, but then attach it to the painted wood base with regular Mod Podge.
Unlike me, however, Deb doesn’t have seven different kinds of decoupage medium in her arsenal, and I encouraged her to accept the risk and go for it. I’ve found all the Mod Podge formulas very forgiving and effective on a variety of surfaces. I figured the worst-case scenario would be that the fabric wouldn’t adhere well to the wood, and if that happened, she could have another go with regular Mod Podge.
The fabric podge did not come with any instructions except that to do an applique, you adhere it, wait at least two hours for it to dry, then seal with a fabric brush, working the medium into the applique. I had a small, new, 1-inch paintbrush so I used that and it worked well! This piece was a throw-away if I could not make this work, plus it’s a gift for someone who will love it no matter what, so it wasn’t too risky.
It worked! The Mod Podge enhanced the contrast in the colors; I’m so happy! It also didn’t dull the silver trim around the design too much; that was the only thing I was afraid of. I only used one coat. This is the first thing I’ve ever Mod Podged so I had no idea what it would look like!
Well, I think it looks fantastic! Well done, Deb!
What do you think? Does this inspire you to decoupage embroidery? Leave a comment and let us know.
Want to see another fun decoupaged-embroidery sample? Check out Becca’s coffee-bean jar.
As always, if you give this a go, we want to know!
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