December 8th, 2010
Welcome to Day 4 of my 5 or so Days of Holiday Happy - 5 or so days of celebrating Gnoma Claus from my Holiday Happy fabric.
My last project is a no sew project - a Gnoma Claus “window appliqué”. Easy on, easy off - appliqué your windows with fabric and liquid starch. I learned this nifty little starch trick 20+ years ago on the Home Show from the 80’s craft queen Carol Duvall. Carol had on a guest who not only fabric starched her walls… but she covered stuff like her telephone - and her VW Bug! I’ve been hooked on liquid starch ever since.
You can use any cotton fabric - it doesn’t have to be Gnoma Claus fabric. I know Gnoma’s getting hard to find - but you can always tell Lecien (in your best Oliver Twist typing accent), “More Gnoma, please“. A list of shops (that I know of) that carry my Holiday Happy line are listed on my blog here and via Lecien’s website here. (I’m sorry, but I don’t know their inventories). If anyone is aware of a shop that has any Gnoma panels - please don’t hesitate to mention the shop(s) name in a comment.
I used concentrated Sta-Flo brand liquid starch that contains no dyes, a foam brush and an old cutting board (that won’t have food on it again). With some gentle strokes (to not stretch the fabric and to avoid fraying at the edges) - paint on some liquid starch. You only need to paint one side, and either side is ok. Fabric piece should be soaked, but not dripping.
Gnoma can stay on as long as you like (just dab on some liquid starch if he needs a touch-up or some curious fingers pulled on him). When it’s time to remove him, just peel off (and use him again next year!). Clean the window as you normally do. Starch residue should come off with your cleaning product of choice (even plain water and a soft rag - AKA spit and a finger at my house).
The gears are spinning with fabric window appliqués that are dancing in my head right now. My dishwasher could use some Holiday Happy’n up, too. If you make something with Holiday Happy/Gnoma, or you spot something with HH/Gnoma, or you’ve made something from 5 or so Days, or you want to see what others are making/have made (like Pam) - be sure to check out (and Join!) the Holiday Happy flickr group.
Q: If you could have anyone famous person(s) (dead or alive) join you for your holiday dinner… who would it be? Mine would be Princess Diana, Queen Liliuokalani and Oprah.
I’ll let the comments marinate until Monday, December 13, 2010 10:00am PST and I’ll have random.org pick a winner’s name. (I’ll edit in the winner’s name here on this post).
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