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Re:fabric transfer

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Ajax50_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Tue Apr 23 2002 - 16:56:53 PDT


Several people e-mailed me for more info on photo transfer.
So here is what I know so far. As I wrote before I have been
experimenting with this.There are two books I have used for
reference. The Photo Transfer Handbook by Jean Ray Laury and
Creating Scrapbook Quilts. You can look in bookstores for
others. you will need a scanner to do it at home. I tried the
T-shirt transfer sheets. They work but for what I wanted they
were too stiff. I also tried ironing fabric on the shiny side
of freezer paper and running it through my ink jet. But that
washed right out. Someone at a quilt show told me about a
product called Bubble Jet Set 2000 and Bubble Jet Rinse. They
gave me this website http://www.bryerpatch.com/. Look under
Bubble Jet Set and it will explain how it works.
I used PFD fabric(prepared for dying). You don't have to pre-
wash because there is no sizing. After experimenting I found
that the pictures printed near the middle of the fabric so when
I cut the fabric I cut it smaller for less waste. I soaked
the fabric in the solution according to directions, let it dry,
ironed onto freezer paper and ran it through my printer. Of
course I scanned the photo and adjusted the color, etc. just as
the website explained. The big test was rinsing. I let it set
and carefully rinsed each one. A couple ran but that was
because I let water drip on the stack of prints. But on the
whole it seemed to work. I don't know if the quilt will hold
up to repeated washings but it will be fine for a wall hanging.
I have been so busy that I haven't had the chance to put it all
together. But if you look at that website the directions were
very thorough. I have to say I was quite pleased with the
results.
If you only have simple line drawings you could probably us a
transfer pencil and iron it to the fabric and then us fabric
paint to fill in.
If you have anyother questions let me know. Be glad to help if
I can. Good luck.
TD in NJ

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