Greetings friends, announcement announcement ! There’s a new weekly series around these parts called “Fan-tastic Feature”. That’s where one of YOU gets to be in the spotlight with one of your original articles or creations!
Hear ye, hear ye, now accepting submissions for your most fantabulous most fan-tastic projects ! Got a spectacular before and after? A pretty table or mantelscape ? A spruced up space? A nifty gardening tip? A scrumptious recipe worthy of showcasing? A suuuuuper cute holiday craft? A tour of your local town that would make us want to visit? Well, why don’t you email me with your submission!
If you read this blog, you know I love to write about many things beyond DIY projects. I adore a decadent dessert, I’m always looking for new places to visit, and I can never get enough of a great before and after. One of the things I’ve learned about blogging over the last year is that there is a lot of talent out there and I’d like to be one of the several sites to showcase it.
Here are the requirements: originality, creativity, & high quality, high resolution photographs and a clear tutorial and/or interesting article. Your project, craft, space, or recipe cannot have been featured on any larger sites (Design*Sponge, Apartment Therapy, etc.). I’m looking for the fresh, fabulous, and the inspiring to be featured once a week!
So let’s kick it off with Sarah’s ingenious idea ~ a hand dyed Chevron rug. This is something I never would have dared to do, and yet, after seeing Sarah’s tutorial, it seems very simple.
Sarah’s Hand Dyed Chevron Rug
“I had been coveting chevron rugs in a major way, but could not find one in my price range. When I looked online to see what other people were doing for alternatives, all I could find were tutorials for painting the rugs. Paint wouldn’t work for me, but then inspiration struck – if the rugs are fabric couldn’t you just dye it? The answer? YES!!
Supplies: 1. RIT liquid dye; 2. Squirt bottle; 3. Rug 4. 4. LOTS of rags; 5. Cardstock or cardboard to make stencil (or pre-made stencil); 6. painters tape
Step 1: After you’ve purchased your rug and selected your dye color, put a small amount of dye in a squirt bottle and add water. Be sure to test the saturation first on a rag until you get the desired hue.
Step 2: Using the card stock or cardboard make your stencil
Step 3: Using the painters tape and stencil begin taping off the pattern onto your rug. Be sure to tape the rug binding as well. Be sure to take into account the space taken up by the tape and measure accordingly.
Step 4: Begin dying your rug by squirting the dye mixture directly on the carpet using the rags to cover the parts you don’t want colored, then blot for even coverage.
The wonderful thing about this is that the carpet feels and looks like it came this way. Extra bonus: it dries fast and if you have a light colored rug some diluted bleach can erase any mistakes. With stencils you can create any design in any color.”
Fantastic job Sarah! Way to get creative ! Who would have thought you could get such a clear pattern with dye? I just love learning something new. You can hop over to visit Sarah’s blog right here.
What about you, are you a fan of the Chevron pattern? Would you try this technique at home? Do share.