I did make time to create something using wool felt and RIT dye--a Halloween wall hanging styled after a Suzani textile.
RIT dye very well. My second shortcut is that I glued my wall hanging rather than embroidered it. I really, really wanted to fancy it up with embroidery floss and stitches, but again, the time thing always gets in the way.
I started out with a rainbow of RIT dyes, one yard of 100% wool felt, sharp scissors and tacky glue.
RIT dye works best on natural fibers like wool and cotton. The colors looked great after they came out of the dye bath and were rinsed.
Once all of the wool was dry, I started cutting out pieces of felt to create my design.
For the center, I made a yellow "full moon", surrounded by jack-o-lanterns, then skulls and bats. To cut out the faces on the skulls and jack-o-lanterns, I just folded the felt in half and cut half circles or half triangles or whatever.
I kept the design symmetrical, and played around with how I wanted to arrange it. The beauty of felt, like those felt boards you may have played with as a kid, is that it sticks to itself, so it's easy to play around with your design. I think this would look equally stunning with a spider web as the central motif, since it would fit the symmetrical design nicely.
Once I had my design how I wanted it to look, I started gluing the pieces down with tacky glue.
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Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with RIT Dye and Blueprint Social. All opinions in this post are my own.