I hope everyone who came to Lamb Celebration Day at Swan Bay Folk Art Center had a good time with our lambs! Thank you for making the day so special for us! If you missed it, or just want to visit with our lambs again, we will offering another day to celebrate with our sheep on Sunday, February 24th, from 2:00-4:00 PM.
While y'all were braving the New Jersey winter, my little family had the awesome opportunity last weekend to go to Walt Disney World for a couple of days. Ever since Jesse found out we were going, he's been asking if we could go to the Hall of Presidents.
|(Photo of The Hall of Presidents found here.)|
|This was taken as we were waiting for the show to start. My little monkeys were already getting restless.|
I hadn't been to see the presidents since I was very little. It's one that we usually skip over in the interest of more "entertaining" attractions. Watching it as an adult, I found my non-political heart stirred in pride for my country. So, when we got home, I busted out a crafty tribute to Jesse's two favorite presidents - George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
|The finished towel|
White flour sack towel (I bought mine in bulk here.)
Presidential silhouette pattern
Black screen printing paint
Plain white paper (such as printer paper)
Red and blue embroidery floss and needle
If you have never used freezer paper for printing before, you are missing out! It's a simple process that usually produces awesome results. First, prepare the flour sack towel by washing, drying, and ironing it.
|Then, print out the presidential silhouettes from the file at the bottom of this post.|
|Using your Exacto knife and cutting mat, cut around your traced lines, starting with the most delicate parts of the face first.|
|Using a very hot iron, place stencil silhouettes shiny side down where you'd like them and press into place. (I folded my towel in thirds, and placed the freezer paper on the middle third.)|
|Place a piece of plain paper under the fabric towel and paint in the stencil using the fabric paint.|
|Paint slightly over the edges of the stencil to ensure that the edges are covered.|
|When the paint is dry (I usually let mine set overnight.) peel off the stencils. Heat set using the paint manufacturer's instructions.|
|Tie an overhand knot in the red thread and thread it through your needle.|
|Starting in the back of the fabric, insert your needle and pull the thread through to the front.|
|Now do a simple running stitch all the way around the perimeter of the silhouette.|
|When you get to the end, tie several knots to keep the thread from coming undone.|
|The finished knot. Continue in the same way with the blue thread, following the line around the red running stitches.|
|The finished stitches|