|Keep Calm and Carry On Pillow|
As many of you know, I love all things English (most of all my husband and my kids). We have the Union Flag on John's bureau, on some pillows on the couch and even in Luke's office on salvaged wood:
But I didn't have anything with "Keep Calm and Carry On". I only realized recently that this saying was never used. It was created during WWII in preparation for the German invasion to help people remember to stay calm in such a scary time. Most of the signs were destroyed but a book shop found some that had been discarded and hence the craze of all things Keep Calm and... I've seen some great ones on Pinterest:
But I really love the original and I found a great crown on The Graphic's Fairy which I thought would work great. Last month I shared with you - A pillow for Poppy made using the Citra-Solv transfer method.
These are the materials I used to transfer the image:
Reverse Image printed on a printer that uses toner
Citra-Solv all purpose cleaner (available at Whole Foods)
Fabric of your choice (tight knit works best)
I decided on a tightly woven, cotton natural fabric. I love the flecks of different colors running through it and a beautiful Ikat print for the back with blue and white pattern (love, love, love Ikat):
Here is the crown graphic and the text, in Lucida Grande, printed on a laser printer:
I then turned the image and text over and placed it on the fabric, securing with tape. I brushed a small amount of Citra-Solv on the fabric. Then I rubbed very hard with the metal spoon. I did this for about 5 minutes. Be sure not to peek as it will not transfer properly. Here is how it came out:
Be sure to iron the printed fabric as it sets the image on the fabric and disperses the citra-solv. Then I finished of the pillow on my sewing machine. Here is how the back looks:
I've moved the Duck Egg Blue chair into our bedroom and the pillow has found a lovely home on it (my little oasis). I loved it so much that I made smaller version with linen fabric that sits on my sons' little rocking chair (perhaps a gentle reminder).