Yesterday I went to the Swap-O-Rama-Rama, which I originally heard about in this Meetup group called the Chicago Rebel Craft League (which you can check out here, if you’re interested: http://www.meetup.com/chicagorebelcraftleague/). I’m so glad I heard about it, because it was great!
Everyone brings a bag of clothing they don’t want/use anymore, and the volunteers sort out the pieces on tables, which other people can then look through. I got a couple of shirts that I ended up putting silk screen designs on, and some shirt I would like to alter for myself later, plus some pieces that I really liked the print of and will deconstruct into fabric for other projects.
There’s going to be a part 2 post (tomorrow? Maybe) because I did several crafts and I might as well spread out the projects a little. Today, we’ll talk about silk screening and tie dye, with quite a few pictures.
I did the tie dye first because I specifically bought a gigantic white shirt that I wanted to tie dye for a new gym shirt after having read the stations they had last year at this event. I’m training for a 5k in May, and fun workout clothes are just one of my self-motivation ploys. It’s probably not the case that everyone did this at school or camp sometime over the course of their childhood, so here are the steps:
So, that was the tie dye. It was fun- I ended up wishing I had brought some other things to try it on, even just some plain white fabric I wanted to spruce up. Oh well. Might need to get a tie dye kit next time the mood strikes me and try it at home. It’s kinda messy though.
Next, I did some silk screening projects.
I was delighted to find a square of plain canvas material at one of the swap tables, and decided it would be a cool thing to silk screen and then turn into a tote later with my own sewing machine.
I chose the Chicago skyline for my canvas discovery. The station volunteer told me I didn’t need to put the tape all around the piece and could just put a little on each side, but since I then ended up with paint outside the screen, I wish I had gone with my own instincts instead. Oh well.
Then I worked on a shirt for my sister.
As I went along, I realized it’s best to paint on heavier at the top. Once you’ve covered the design, you’ll “squeegee” the paint downward over the screen with a piece of cardstock or something similar.
Then I decided I wanted to try something for myself. I found a cute tank top.
I feel like the smaller designs were harder to get to come out clearly. I also found that if I had a jar of paint that seemed thick, the paint didn’t want to go through the silk screen very easily. So I guess make sure your paint is fairly fresh and not too thick, or it doesn’t come out as well. I did one other too, but I didn’t take pics of it because it’s for someone else!
Whelp, that’s it for today, I’m running out of writing/pictures steam. More in a bit on what else I did at the swap! I’m still feeling wonderfully inspired.