I have been interested in having a go at Apron.ology (as named by Stampington & Co!) for a long time. Well, actually since doing a canvas album a couple of years ago, which involved me trying to work in harmony with my sewing machine with whom I have a love/hate relationship (I love it and it hates me!!)
I knew my retreat this weekend would be really messy so I decided that if any time for a new apron was upon me, this was it!!
I headed off to the shops with an idea in my head and before long I returned with a crisp white apron and various threads and ribbons. I hung my apron in the garden on our decaying tree house and sprayed it with Adirondack color wash. I love their colours but I have to say that most of the depth washed out in the first rinse (despite serious heat setting) and my tumble dryer needed quite a bit of remedial work before using on the family wash (thank God the boys' rugby kit is black)!! However, I was undeterred ...
I did a second spraying and rinse which did increase the depth but I would still have like to have achieved more colour density.
Once dry for the second time, I got my sewing machine out and sewed all the frill, bobbles and stems onto my apron. I used metallic thread which looks great on the apron but is a NIGHTMARE to machine sew with as you cannot get it to thread through the needle without removing the needle from the machine and using a threader. In future (note to myself) DO NOT USE THIS THREAD!!!
The next day I was sat in the hospital with my eldest son who needed an operation so whilst he was in theatre, I sat and sewed the flowers and seed beeds onto my creation. Found it really satisfying and for a non-sewer, remarkably relaxing!
Despite my mini-traumas with this project, I would recommend Apron.ology as it is different and fun and the best bit is ... you get to WEAR your ART!!!