I hate this tree. It is beautiful for exactly three days every year. The rest of the time it drops nasty fake fruit everywhere that the kids track around everywhere in the house. Even though there's a No Shoes In The House rule. The leaves that it drops are too small to rake and its low hanging branches threaten to decapitate anyone mowing the lawn.
It is in the perfect place to provide shade for the back patio, except that it's a fake fruit tree and not a shade tree -- too short for shade. So why not chop it down? Because for a couple of days every year, I can use it for sunprinting.
When the petals from the flowers fall onto freshly painted fabric, beautiful things happen.
Rain was forecast for the entire weekend and I figured it would knock all those wonderful petals off the tree and onto the grass. What a waste. But to my joy and amazement, today was beautiful and sunny and not too windy.
So I got out my paints and my fabric and got my DH to help me move my table out onto the lawn under the tree. Of course, the neighbors probably thought I was nuts: shaking the branches so that the petals would fall onto my painted fabric. "What in the world is she doing now, Martha...?"
Or maybe they already thought that from the dye experiments that decorate the front yard. "Look, Martha, she's at it again..."
These are the results -- heat-set with an iron, but not washed. I always let them cure for a day or two after the heat-setting before I wash them --not sure that it makes a difference, but it can't hurt. Washing them gently with a little Synthropol makes them soft.
I never use fabric softener on my fabrics because I never know what I'm going to do next -- dye, paint, fuse, stitch -- I like to keep my options open and fabric softener limits those options.
Yep --those are my toes -- it felt like summer today!
And if I need it, I can get shade on the front porch -- as well as spy on the neighbors.
"Look, Martha, she's sitting there reading a book and drinking..." Hmmm....