Daisy Scarf Update/Conclusions

I tried a different method on my second rayon scarf, hoping to avoid the wrinkles, fading and fraying of my first scarf.I saturated the fabric in undiluted starch and ironed it flat before stitching. This worked beautifully, creating a board of fabric that held the stitches well and kept the fabric from drawing up. The marks you see are the very basic markings I used for placement of the daisies using a heat erasable Frixion pen.By putting the unwashed scarf next to the first one, you can clearly see the dramatic color fade and wrinkling of the first scarf-huge difference!Dang, when I washed the second scarf (left in the photo), it also faded in color and wrinkled a bit. I pressed the first scarf again with more care-now it’s much less wrinkled.

I do like the scarf but I see that either method yielded a faded, slightly wrinkled scarf-it’s a bit more “Bohemian” than I expected. I think I would have been a lot happier with the final result if the fabric had retained its vibrant color. I do love the drape, softness and feel of the rayon and I like the daisy motif. Yes, I could try to dye it-like I know anything about dying…

I will try this again! I feel almost compulsive about getting to the drapey, vibrant, fun scarf that I have in my head.Random Photo: I live across the street from a park and we’ve had some glorious spring weather-had to include this shot of the view!

Comments

  1. Marcia says

    Another great lesson! It is a shame the color faded. I don’t remember having so much color loss with rayons I’ve used for garments. Next time I do a project with rayon I will toss a Color Catcher in the pre-washing/pre-shrinking load to see what happens. Have you ever worked with sueded rayon?

    • jennyklyon says

      I have some sueded rayon-it’s luscious-haven’t worked with it yet. Even if I had used Color Catcher it still would have faded:-(( I just don’t have this happen!

  2. jennyklyon says

    I washed it in cold-who knew it would fade like that in cold?? I do enjoy the park across the steet-a street is between us and the park with some traffic but I pretend the traffic is not there and grab some peace!

  3. says

    Hi Jenny, I have awarded you a “Liebster Blog Award” I am so enjoying your blog with another blogger doing the FMQ challenge, and all your other lovely stitches. Please read my last post for more about this. Cheers from Jean

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