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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Textile Inks on: June 09, 2006 01:08:34 PM
When do you plan on printing? Please let me know how the inks work out for you. I haven't purchased yet, but I'm seriously considering the Setacolor.

As for the fabric, cotton with high thread count sounds good; something like Sateen. I like the Giraffe, very cute idea. I'm going with an Elk print that will be similiar to Dwell Baby Bedding in a repeating silhouette pattern, in a sage green.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Baby Shower!!! on: May 25, 2006 01:02:29 PM
check out Marth Stewart's webpage


Yes, the ideas are a little Yuppie, but this will get you started. . .

I really like the idea on her website about having guests use a fabric pen to write their initials on small squares of fabric. Then someone embroiders the initials and sews it all up into a quilt!

My sister told me about a cool game where in the invitations you ask your guests to bring a picture of themselves when they were a baby. Then you have to guess who the pictures are all of, whomever guesses the most right wins a prize! Fun to see pics of other people when they were little.

You definitely need to get one of those books, or check out www.babyshower101.com. Have you considered using a digital camera to take pics of the stuffed animals to create your invitations? You can attach vellum with a ribbon to the stomach of the animal picture to display all the necessary invitation information. Then maybe make cupcakes to match the animals using candies and what not, martha's idea. . .

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Another Frida Kahlo outfit for my baby girl and some other stuff... on: May 25, 2006 12:34:51 PM
Oh my goodness, I too do not know which is cuter: clothing or baby. Any ideas for Boys outfits?? I wanted a girl SO BAD to make outfits like these for her. I'm having a boy in September.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / What Fabric for Baby Crib Set, will Silk Screen myself . . . on: May 22, 2006 03:06:07 PM
I've decided that there is no pre-printed fabric out there that meets my high expectations for my first child's crib set. He is coming in September!!!! So, I have opted to silkscreen my own fabric. I was thinking about Muslin, just because it is so inexpensive. But then I thought wear and tear may be more than Muslin can handle over the next year or two. So then I was thinking Sateen, which is somewhat spendy. But I figure I can go to Ross or TJMaxx and find some King Size Sheets for cheap, might save a $.

Does anyone have suggestions here?Huh Also, is there a good Book to use as a reference for fabrics? I constantly find myself reading patterns and going "What is that?" when it comes to fabrics.
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Textile Inks on: May 22, 2006 02:33:59 PM
I want the end result to be as if I went to the local Joann Fabrics or Hancock Fabrics stores and bought 10 yards of pre-printed material. This is the type of 'commercial' I was thinking.

I plan on purchasing a Muslin or other inexpensive material to Sew my own crib set for my baby, but the fabrics I'm finding just aren't cutting it with me!! So I want to print the fabric myself, and the print absolutely MUST be soft and non irratative, ie completely cohesive with the Muslin fabric its printed.
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Textile Inks on: May 10, 2006 08:36:54 AM
You don't have to use only inks. You can use acrylic or watercolour paints with a textile medium. The recent textile printing  course I took used Polyfab textile pigments (lovely stuff, can be mixed as transparent or opaque) or textile dyes (such as Procion and Setacolour) thickened with sodium alginate for a transparent screen print.

All the above methods are colour-fast after heat-setting with an iron according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Are these the type of inks you would suggest to print on fabric for sewing purposes? I'm making crib bedding, and I need my print to be comparable to that of fabric found at the store. I don't want it to be scratchy, but completely cohesive!
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