A couple of people have emailed or commented that they like the "Baltimore Rhapsody" blocks but don't like applique. I am experimenting with turning a block into a stitchery!
I've watched my friends use this technique with Crabapple Hill stitchery patterns, so I thought I would give it a try.
First, using a light box and a .005 black Pigma pen I traced the design LIGHTLY on my background. The washout blue pen won't work here because the crayon wax will cover the marks and make them impossible to remove. A pencil would probably work.
I like this skinniest of Pigma pens because I can cover the marks with floss easily, even when working with light and pastel floss.
Next, you have to color the design with a WHITE crayon first (see the first picture). Make sure there are no touches of other crayon colors on your white crayon, or you will get color where you don't want it!
The Crabapple Hill gals actually sell boxes of just white crayons...you can find them here.
This is the first time I have ever used the white crayon in a box of Crayola's!
Then, color to your heart's desire! I LOVED coloring as a kid! My teenage daughter and her friends like to color to escape from the stress of of high school. She actually asked Santa to bring her coloring books last Christmas and this cool crayon tower (see it here). It's so cute to see 16-yr-old girls sharing Disney princess coloring books!
I color over the white. You can blend colors and shade to make things look as realistic as you like. I just try to stay inside the lines. I find that my background stretches a little as I color, but that will fix itself later.
I work on my slick, smooth table so that I don't get any weird, unwanted textures.
After I've finished with the crayons, I put paper towels on my pressing surface, place the background CRAYON SIDE DOWN on the paper towels, and press with my iron. This sets the crayon and removes any excess color onto the paper towels.
Then I put my traced work on a piece of thin, cheap, white flannel and baste them together so they won't shift.
Now I am ready to outline stitch with colorful embroidery floss (2 strands), followed by embellishment with French knots, other stitches, and maybe some tiny seed beads.
I am excited to finish this and see how it works out. I really like the results so far...and the coloring was just what I needed last night after a stressful day.