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Using diluted bleach on dark colours is like the bizarro-world version of dyeing light colours! You’re just taking away pigment instead of adding it. There are a lot of great bleach stencilling and painting tutorials out there and Google awaits you with open arms and a bouquet of options. But our lovely Rosalind, who you may know from our Facebook and Pinterest, had a genius idea: stamping!
Since it was her idea, I am letting her take the wheel with the words!
First off, general safety tips!
Follow precautions on bleach bottle and do this in a ventilated area! Craft safely!!
What you’ll need to start:
• Bleach •
• Vinegar •
• A plastic or glass container large enough to submerge tights in water •
• A small, shallow dish or lid (I used a yogurt lid) •
• Paper towels •
• Spray bottle •
• Tights (Foot Traffic’s Signature Cotton Tights are thick enough to not bleed through, even to the inside)
• Rubber stamp(s) – choose patterns that are bold, with no fine lines. Abstract designs tend to work a little better. •
• Newspaper •
• Gloves (optional) •
• A outfit that you can risk getting bleach on •
1. Keep it clean! – Cover your work area with newspapers or a dropcloth.
2. Mix neutralizer – in the large container, mix vinegar with water, about 1 part vinegar to 5 parts water. You don’t have to be super exact. This solution is to stop the bleach and make it safe to toss your stamped tights into a load of your regular laundry for the final washout. No need to run the machine for one item!
3. Make stamp pad – fold a paper towel down to the size of your dish or yogurt lid. You can cut or tear it down to size, but be sure that you do have a few layers in there. Pour a little bit of pure bleach onto the pad – enough to dampen the towel, but not to form a puddle around it. Basically you want it to be about as wet as a real stamp pad with ink would be.
4. Mix bleach spray – in the spray bottle, mix a little bit of bleach into some water. Since you want to be able to distinguish your stamps from the nebulous mist effect that the spray bottle creates, make this pretty well diluted, so that the bleach acts very slowly and can be neutralized before it gets as light as the stamps.
Lots more after the jump!
Summer officially began last week and although we know some of you prefer to totally eschew socks in the warm months, this summer we’ve got some skimpy little footies to line your shoes and some fabulous openwork styles to add a little more coverage even when you’re wearing less for the weather.
Tabbisocks rocked our, um, socks this summer with a delightful batch of no-show footies. Most of them have a soft, squishy pad under the ball of the foot, to add a little more cushion and care. We love this feature, because a lot of dress shoes and sandals don’t have much cushion! If you love these socks, get them while you can, because we’ve found Tabbisocks treats a lot of their styles seasonally and we might not have these into the colder months!
Footie socks are pretty sweet when the sun starts beating down. They’re a protective layer between you and your shoes, absorbing sweat and helping prevent blisters. A couple of sportier footie options (all of which will show more over your shoes than the Tabbisocks no-shows) are the Bamboo No Show 3-Packs, the Lightweight Running No-Show Toe Socks and the pedicure-perfect Bella Half Toe No Shows with Grip.
But what if you would like to still cover your legs a little, even while wearing shorts? Our Openwork category to the rescue! More than just fishnet and lace, openwork comes in a wonderful array of variations to suit your style and shows a bit more skin than regular lightweight styles.
What is (I think) pretty fun about our Openwork category is that it lets me link you directly to the scrumptious Foot Traffic “texture” styles. Named after fancy, famous cities, they’re Dreamer and customer favourites when it comes to layering! And I could not just pick a couple to show you, so here are all of them!
If you do keep on wearing socks in the summer months (and goodness knows, we do!), what is your game plan? Lightweight legcoverage or just enough fabric to keep your feet from becoming one with your shoes?
Last week our socks danced the first half of The Nutcracker ballet for you. After a brief intermission, the classic tale finishes this week—remember, if any of the principal players strike your fancy, links to the styles are scattered throughout the narration. Now, shhhh, the lights are dimming and the performers are coming out . . .
Traditionally, the nutcracker turns into a human prince after Marie helps defeat the mouse army. But Marie likes the nutcracker the way he is, so he stays the way he looks, but has a more royal bearing now. They romantically dance in the snow.
Then coffee stripes wrestle a little bit, because they’re kind of wound up on caffeine.
Candy cane-coloured red and white stripes twist about.
But the dancers begin disappearing . . .
And Marie is all alone.
She wakes up at the foot of the Christmas tree, next to the still broken nutcracker.
With determination, Marie goes back to sleep, back to the Land of Sweet Socks. If it was all a dream, what a sweet, sock dream it was!
The Nutcracker Ballet is a classic winter tale and there have been many interpretations. So we thought we’d have a go at reinterpreting The Nutcracker in socks. If any of the principal players strike your fancy, links to the styles are scattered throughout the narration. Let’s begin!
The scene opens on the Sockerhaus home, the tree of green DreaM Stockings has been decorated for the holiday in lights and ornaments with stars on top. Marie and her brother Fritz admire the trimmings.
He’s brought with him a wonderful toy, a fanciful nutcracker shaped like a soldier.
Suddenly, an army of mice appear, led by a ferocious king mouse.
But what happens next? Tune in next week for the socktastic conclusion of The Nutcracker Sock Ballet!
Though we do have a rather wide selection, sometimes we just don’t have exactly that stripe or pattern that you need. But a steady hand and a little patience can take you a long way. I’ve got two quickie guides on adding your own drawn details to socks and there’s a bonus DIY at the end too!
Drawing on nylon
Drawing on nylon is the easiest, so let’s start there. Say your costume needs some sort of specific pattern on the legs. A good example would be Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas. Her stitched-together legs are a huge part of costume accuracy (which maybe I’m a big nerd about). Here’s what you’ll need:
• A good reference picture (I like this one of assorted Sally parts) •
• A permanent marker—they make Sharpies in about every colour now, which is awesome! •
• white or off white tights, like the Opaque Tights •
Always test in an inconspicuous place, to make sure that what you’re using and what you’re using it on don’t hate each other. The Opaque Tights and Sharpies get along pretty well!
It is way easier to do this with the tights on, so suit up. Keep in mind there will be a little bleed through from the marker.
Now, keeping an eye on your reference image, start drawing! Try to go as smoothly as you can. Sometimes I found that the felt marker tip wanted to catch on the nylon.
Ooh, the detail really makes it. I wasn’t trying to get too-too accurate with the stitches, just going for the overall feel.
And, done! So easy! If you wanted to earn extra points, just add a blue-grey shade to ‘em with the skills you learned in DIY: Dyeing Nylon.
That’s tights, but what about socks? Join us after the jump for more tips and tricks! Read more »
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