Teneriffe Lace TV show samples for Gina-B Silkworks

Good afternoon. Here is a quick peek at my samples for the Teneriffe Lace show on Create & Craft today at 5pm. Freeview Channel 23 (UK) or watch online from the website (they keep videos online for a week if you miss it).

 

AW Lace pincushion 1

AW Lace pincushion 2

Clover Motif worked on Loom 1 – from Total Trimmings book 1 (Teneriffe Lace)

 

AW Lace xmas card 3

Christmas Motif – worked on Loom 1

 

AW Oriental lace canvas

Mixed media canvas – Large and small circular lace motifs from Total Trimmings book – Loom 1. The butterfly was one of my experiments on Loom 3.

I will blog more details soon.

Printing onto Fabric using Bubble Jet Set

I have been meaning to try this stuff out for ages and have finally got around to testing out Bubble Jet Set for printing directly onto fabric from an inkjet printer. I have an Epson printer with compatible archival type pigment inks but this works with inkjet dye based inks too (although I haven’t personally assessed those).

 

AW Bubble Jet Set 1

  1. I used 100% cotton fabric prewashed to remove any starch or sizing etc. Soaked in the solution for 5 mins and then air dried (excess solution can be returned to the bottle).
  2. I left it to air dry then ironed to remove any creasing. Then ironed onto the shiny side of freezer paper (available from grocers).
  3. I had a lot of trouble initially getting my printer to accept the sheets! Freezer papers do vary in thickness and stiffness and mine was a bit limp and my printer just wasn’t having it. To get around this I slightly trimmed back my sheet and used a glue stick to apply the sheet to a piece of standard copy paper. Hey presto – my printer accepted it perfectly.
  4. I printed some butterflies from a Copyright Free image set from Dover Publications – using standard paper print settings. They printed out perfectly.
  5. After 30 mins I wash tested the images (hand hot wash with detergent – washing up liquid) and they washed perfectly with no loss of image. Yay!
  6. I ironed on some interfacing and embellished some of these with free machine embroidery before cutting out and using for applique. Delighted with the results and it works out so much cheaper than the ready to print fabric sheets that are available (they are very good but far too expensive for me).

AW Bubble Jet Set 2

AW Bubble Jet Set 3

AW Delphiniums 2

Fabric design created from my art work

I created this fabric design using photographs of several different pieces of my own art work. I included autumn and summer elements together – why not – with a little fantasy art.

I cut out elements using Serif Craft Artist and collaged them together to make a repeat pattern for digital printing onto fabric. I was lucky enough to win a competition and get 3m of this printed for free – Yay! Unfortunately the Company has gone now but they made a great job of printing this for me onto lovely cotton twill. I haven’t dared to cut into it yet but now I am planning a special outfit to make from it soon.

fabric design

This is the part design ready to create a repeat tile. This was all done in Serif cutting out elements from various of my paintings and textile pieces (see below). This was then cut into quarters and rearranged with outer edges to the inside. Extra elements were used to fill the gaps.

fabric design 3

Here is my design tile to create an all over repeat design.

fabric tiled

Here is the tiled repeat. I was happy that there were no obvious ‘patchwork’ edges.

Fabric

This is the printed fabric – wonderful!

The following pieces show the artwork that I ‘cut’ out the design elements from.

Autumn Leaves 2

I cut the autumn leaves from the watercolour painting.

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Some of the trees and foliage were cut from this watercolour painting.

AFairyWoodland

The owl was cut from my fantasy textile art piece. Some of the design elements in this piece were inspired by the Serif Craft Artist Digikits from the Fantasy and Medieval collections.

Floral Fantasy4c

Needle felted and embroidered flower.