The Marigold must undergo the Hot Iron! Muwahaha!
One of the most scariest parts of this process of tinting fabric with crayon is the nerve wracking hot iron melting the wax of your freshly colored fabric. If it’s going to go wrong…it’s irreversible from here!
Here is our Marigold flower, waiting for the hot iron to melt the crayon colors on it.
Crayons manage to leave little flecks of waxy color on the surrounding areas colored.
Normally, on a sheet of paper, you could brush them lightly with the back of your hand and scatter them off to your unsuspecting floor. But, with fabric, if you brush the flecks with a large surface, like the back of your hand, you run the risk of smashing the little flecks into your fabric or leaving a streaking crayon stripe across your fabric. So, for fleck removal, I tried a toothbrush. (yes, I have an electric toothbrush, so that is the brush I used.) 😉
There. Once the little flecks of waxy color are removed, to the best of your ability, then you are ready to iron the waxy colors into the fabric. Here you may be able to see that the little flecks are a little less visible. (Right)
Now, heat your iron to the cotton setting. Place your colored design between 2 sheets of paper.
Place the hot iron down on the design. Smell hot wax melting!
And…voila! After lifting the iron, you will see a waxy mess left of the top sheet of paper. Keep replacing this paper until and iron again, until the wax residue no long shows on the paper. Here you can see the wax residue lessening as each pass of the hot iron removes more wax.
Here is our Marigold flower all ironed and tinting with crayon!
Here are the before and after iron shots. You can see that the highlights soften after ironing.
Now, it’s now ready to stitch. Off to select the palette and create some stitches!
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