Avoiding the Dirt Nap with Remnants

“Life is a constant battle to keep the dirt from covering us up.” –my Mom
I thought she was referring to the never-ending cleaning one has to do when one has a family. I can appreciate it, having been around busy little fellows recently, who keep you on the move shifting clutter, sweeping up Fruit Loops, calling attention to the desired resting places of toys in the baskets rather than all over the floor.

This saying, “Life is…” can also refer to avoiding death, as my DH said while we watched an episode of a Crime Show: “She’s about to take a dirt nap…”
Me: No! She would have been such a great girlfriend for McGee!
DH: No, I’ve seen it before, she takes a dirt nap.

Sigh. This week’s remnant project features a white piece of silk? Satin-backed shantung? I’m not sure what it is, but it has a very shiny side and an opposite side with slubby threads all pulling in the direction of the grain. It’s been in the stash forever. With a narrow hem around the edges, it was ready to be colored on with my new Shiva Paint Stiks that I scored from a Flock Shop online bluelight sale. I found Flock Shop on Twitter. I think they are an off-shoot of Interweave, because that was on the envelope when I received the stiks in the mail. They advertise a deal going on currently at their online shop, and you click on the link and get the current price. I got the Shiva Paint Stiks on sale because the packaging was damaged, but all 15 paint stiks were good.

Shiva Paint Stiks and remnant

I figure that based on the size of the remnant, it can be a dresser scarf, a table runner, or a shoulder wrap. The oil paints, when dried and set, will be washable as long as the garment is washable. I have seen beautiful silk dresses embellished with paint stiks. A web site that distributes paint stiks also sells blank clothing to be embellished, at wonderful prices. Check out dharmatradingco.com clearance sales for interesting items. My local sewing store gives classes for using paint stiks. I don’t want to get too artsy-craftsy with them, such as stenciling and tole-painting on fabric. But the possibilities for this type of project abound. Maybe a portrait of one of my grandkids’ dada?

Dada

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