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« on: August 11, 2011 04:13:19 PM »

I just finished a new embroidery piece that I was trying an experiment with.  I wanted to see how a t-shirt transfer combined with embroidery would work out.

As for the design - I seem to gravitate towards two things. Themes of things falling..( why? I do not know..) and of old illustrations so I decided to do this piece called "Bright until the fall" about the fall of Marie Antoinette. I chose an illustration of a chair from her period of time that really displayed decadence and then using embroidery to give them colour and more definition I put them cascading down into a jumble of dark colours and forms. This was a neat experiment for me because it was collage mixed with embroidery which I had yet to do. 

As for my experiment - T-shirt transfers make the fabric much thicker, they also can  release from the fabric in places where the heat didn't get as evenly distributed, so it did crack on one of the chairs... but only one.. so it is still okay!
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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2011 04:20:50 PM »

Very cool piece!
You could also digitally manipulate the chair images with Photoshop or other similar software, and print the design directly onto the fabric using an ink jet printer and some freezer paper!
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2011 04:24:14 PM »

Very cool!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2011 05:16:22 PM »

Very nice!!
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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2011 06:22:33 PM »

This is super great!  I'm a sucker for old images and chair images, myself and I love how you made them fall and pile up.

Very cool piece!
You could also digitally manipulate the chair images with Photoshop or other similar software, and print the design directly onto the fabric using an ink jet printer and some freezer paper!

Wait!  How do you use freezer paper to print directly on fabric?  This could change my life.
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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2011 10:05:31 PM »

This is super great!  I'm a sucker for old images and chair images, myself and I love how you made them fall and pile up.

Very cool piece!
You could also digitally manipulate the chair images with Photoshop or other similar software, and print the design directly onto the fabric using an ink jet printer and some freezer paper!

Wait!  How do you use freezer paper to print directly on fabric?  This could change my life.

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Cut your freezer paper to printer paper size.  Iron onto the back of your fabric and cut out fabric.  Now just run it through your printer as if it was regular paper (for paper setting, I would call it cardstock or some other textured base) . The freezer paper keeps it stable and allows the rollers to pull it through.  SUPER simple.  Works for text, clipart, photos, anything!  I have heard that you can use burlap too, but I imagine that could muck up your printer with lint pretty quickly.  I would stick with cottons in a quilt or home dec weight, or muslin.
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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2011 01:43:36 AM »

What a lovely composition.  Thanks for the insight into the thought process behind it, too.
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« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2011 07:06:30 AM »

This is awesome!
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« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2011 09:30:33 AM »

This is super great!  I'm a sucker for old images and chair images, myself and I love how you made them fall and pile up.

Very cool piece!
You could also digitally manipulate the chair images with Photoshop or other similar software, and print the design directly onto the fabric using an ink jet printer and some freezer paper!

Wait!  How do you use freezer paper to print directly on fabric?  This could change my life.

Thanks!  I regularly use fabric sold for this purpose and had read a way to make your own using liquid starch and such, but the labor involved seemed to counteract the money saved.  However, this may be fast enough to actually save money - especially since I found a big, unopened roll of freezer paper at the Goodwill a few weeks ago for less than 1/3 the cost it is at the super market.  Wink

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Cut your freezer paper to printer paper size.  Iron onto the back of your fabric and cut out fabric.  Now just run it through your printer as if it was regular paper (for paper setting, I would call it cardstock or some other textured base) . The freezer paper keeps it stable and allows the rollers to pull it through.  SUPER simple.  Works for text, clipart, photos, anything!  I have heard that you can use burlap too, but I imagine that could muck up your printer with lint pretty quickly.  I would stick with cottons in a quilt or home dec weight, or muslin.
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« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2011 07:10:57 AM »

That is so cool! I love it.
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