Snowshill Manor I visited there a while ago and there's some images on the link of the Samurai warriors and other bits and pieces.
The background fabric is going to be dark, so I set about making it yesterday.
First: gathering useful bits!
here. (I think they still sell it on their website if you can't find it locally.)
You simply cut your shape in the dry foam which looks like card, and then dip it into water, and giggle when it swells into a sponge! You can have lots of fun amusing children with this.
I mix my paints (fabric paint in this case-the piece was too small to warrant rummaging around in the garage for my dyeing stuff!) onto disposable palette papers. This is because I hate washing up painty things so it saves me some bother. When you've finished you simply tear off the top sheet and put it into the bin. (buy the ones for acrylic paints as they can stand the water - the ones in the picture are for oils and they tend to buckle)
The ironing board has several sheets of newspaper on it to absorb the melting wax, and I used baking parchment on top to protect the iron.
The cloth was then washed at about 60 degrees to get rid of the wax, and the result is below.
Although I love the effect of this, it's not nearly dark enough for my plan, so I will revert to dyes, and will overdye with black, or I will keep it as a backing, and start the front again.
It's fun to play and see what happens though!