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A Sock Monkey Apron

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It’s been on my to-do list for months and I finally did it. I made a sock monkey apron for Dulce, the sock monkey queen. I made an embroidery pattern from one of the photos I took of her monkeys and embroidered like mad while watching the Olympics Saturday night.

Everything was going swell until I sprayed the embroidery with water to erase the water soluble pen lines. To my horror, the red dye in the embroidery floss bled slightly onto the white fabric. I couldn’t believe it. I anticipated every potential disaster but that one. So, in the end, the monkey has a heavenly pink aura around it’s head.

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Thankfully, Dulce was gracious about accepting the smudged apron as payback for the darling monkeys she gave my children. She put the apron on right away and made me feel better about the craft mishap. My word.

Thanks again, Dulce. The girls LOVE their sock monkeys.

Do any of you know if colorfast embroidery floss is available on the market? Unless I can find a colorfast product, I might have to start washing my floss by hand ahead of time or something. Either way, I need to figure this out before my next project.

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Comment from Knitterella
Time: August 19, 2008, 4:25 am

That monkey is the cutest ever! I love it!

So sorry about the bleeding of the floss. I never would have thought that. That shouldn’t have happened I would have assumed it was colorfast – would almost want to contact the company. Well, I guess I did have something similar happen to me. I didn’t know I had to prewash trim for sewing and it bled into my garment – so mad!

I would hate to think you’d have to prewash embroidery floss – that would totally be a pain!

Comment from Karin
Time: August 19, 2008, 6:00 am

OMG, it looks JUST like her monkeys! It is adorable! I love the fabric you used for the bottom. It just goes perfect!

I would never have thought of the thread bleeding. OYE! Maybe try the stuff you are supposed to use for blankets? Oh I can’t remember the name of it. It is wash safe, because most use it to put a blanket stitch around fleece to make a blanket. If I think of it I’ll post again!

Comment from Shelley Noble
Time: August 19, 2008, 7:16 am

ok, that’s totally ace!

Comment from Turtle
Time: August 19, 2008, 10:20 am

so sweet!, too bad on the dye!

Comment from Sharon
Time: August 19, 2008, 12:44 pm

Its so cute, no one will pay attention to that.

Comment from Rachel
Time: August 19, 2008, 6:51 pm

I love the sock monkey embroidery! Love it!

Comment from Shelly G.
Time: August 19, 2008, 8:57 pm

I love the sock monkey… So cute… I have a way to stop the red floss from running… When I used to cross stitch they would say to soak the red thread in water and white vinegar… It would set the dye and keep it from running… I hope it works for you :)

Comment from Melanie Swenson
Time: August 19, 2008, 9:05 pm

Very creative, I think the black sets the bright monkey shinning!

Comment from Dulce VanDyken
Time: August 20, 2008, 3:20 am

I love my new apron. Jennifer you need an etsy shop, and only sell aprons. Every one at the artisan market loved the apron, and they said I was so lucky to have received such an amazing apron, from such an amazing reporter. You are amazing and a great friend, Thank you so much for my apron, I will cherish it for ever.
The sock monkey queen.
Dulce

Comment from Harriet
Time: August 20, 2008, 5:13 am

I love the apron! I was going to suggest what someone already did…soak your floss in that vinagar solution…it really works! It takes some time, but it’s worth it…after all, you spent a lot of time on that apron.

Comment from Cecile
Time: August 20, 2008, 5:32 am

Great idea for an apron! I’d never seen an embroidered sock monkey!

Comment from Cathy
Time: August 20, 2008, 6:20 am

Great apron! I love Dulce’s sock monkeys!

Comment from Turnadaisy
Time: August 20, 2008, 8:26 am

That apron is adorable!!! A real ‘smile sticker’ (sticks the smile to your face) LOL!
Turnadaisy

Comment from Samantha Caffee
Time: August 20, 2008, 9:39 am

Next time you could try one of those color grabber sheets that you throw in the wash. I have heard it will reverse the damage.

xoxo,
Samantha

Comment from K
Time: August 20, 2008, 2:32 pm

Try using synthropol next time in the first wash after you finish the project. It should capture any errant dye. Good luck.

Comment from Renee
Time: August 20, 2008, 5:52 pm

That has got to be the cutest apron I’ve ever seen! Great work!

Comment from Nevis
Time: August 21, 2008, 9:47 am

OMG, that apron is adorable.

Comment from sarah
Time: August 30, 2008, 7:09 pm

did you try bleach pen on the white part?

thanks for all the crafty podcasts, btw!

like to listen while I craft

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Time: September 29, 2008, 12:59 am

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Free charge for the first order!!!
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