Thursday, 30 September 2010
Photos on Fabric
Rio Designs here in the UK and work out at £1.50 a sheet. There are several other brands available and you can get different qualities of cotton and silk to print too.
The fabric is mounted on paper so it can easily feed through a home printer. I did edit the background of the flower photo in Photoshop Elements and made the colour more intense before printing but the picture of Mount Grace Priory wasn't enhanced. The fabric should be pressed after printing to set the ink then you simply peel off the paper and can use it as normal. It remains soft and supple unlike T-shirt transfer paper which to me feels rubbery and stiff.
There are lots of books available about using printed photos in quilts. I have this one which I think has lovely simple but effective ideas:
I've uploaded a slideshow of all my embroidery samples which are mostly mini quilts on my Textile Techniques website.