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« on: May 26, 2006 01:39:42 PM »

ok, so someone may have posted this before, but I think my man is a super genius for figuring this out!

I was whining last night about transferring desgins and images to fabric so I could do fancier embroidery and images that were more my style. Free hand drawing is soooo hard, chalk sucks to lay down your images with, and sublime stitching patterns are not really my style.

So what did he come up with??

Using our printer with glossy paper and some water!

Here's how it works:

1. pic your image
2. stuff some glossy photo paper in your printer
3. make sure your printer ink is water soluble
4. Print
5. lay your fabric (right side) on the paper
6. dampen the back of the fabric a tiny bit, just enough to soak through. If your fabris is kind of thin, you'll see the image coming through.
7. Pull the fabric up before the ink starts to bleed
8. Let dry
9. Stitch away!!!!

I haven't tried it on dark fabric, and the color I printed with was as close to the fabric color as I could get and still see it clearly.

The ink also won't come out of the fabric until you wash it. When printing directly on the fabric - I couldn't get the ink to wash out, but the water transfer method washed right out. 

Anyone wants pictures to follow along with, I'll take some this weekend.

« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2006 05:58:18 PM »

Great idea, I may try this sometime. I'm with you, I prefer to embroider my own designs, but it's a challenge to transfer some onto the fabric. Dark fabric is still tricky.
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