In my prior post,
I showed my needlepunch projects,
right off the frame
in their very "bright" stage.
I used to use a mixture of
coffee, cinnamon and vanilla
when aging my primitive dolls.
But walnut crystals is a more gentle
process for my needlepunch items.
A little powder goes a long way.
The items are submerged
for a minute or so, before
being quickly rinsed under the tap.
A quick assessment determines
if the tone is "warm" enough.
Rinsing will lighten the color,
but leaving too long in the walnut
bath will increase the dark tone
which is not reversible.
Wrap in towell, to absorb as much
moisture as possible.
Then pop in the oven
using a low temp til almost dry.
The final step is to use an iron
on the back. This provides steam
to shrink the fibers, similiar to
the method used in rug hooking.
Using the iron on the front,
will flatten the threads,
which I don't find appealing.
Now you are ready to finish the edges.