I posted this on the blog at Fairy Davis but thought I would share it too.
I have been toying with the idea of printing vintage images on fabric for a while. I spotted some packages of pre-cut printable fabric at my local fabric store and really wanted to try it, but the price was very steep. I was hesitant to pick it up to expiriment with. I knew from a friend's attempts at printing images on shrink film that there are can be a lot of test runs to get the colors adjusted just right. At something like $12 for a package of 4 sheets of fabric, I wasn't too gung ho to drop a chunk of change for what could be a bunch of trial and error.
I knew for what I wanted to use the printed items on, non-washable craft items, that I didn't need fabric sheets that were pretreated to withstand washing. What I really needed was a way to make a piece of fabric stiff enough to go through the printer. The answer was actually sitting in my ebroidery supplies, Sulky Sticky Tear-Away Stabilizer.
I cut a piece of white muslin and a piece of Sulky to 8.5x11 and adhered them together. In my photo editing program (Photo Shop Elements 6) I created a collage of images (all from Fairy Davis) and simply printed it on the stiffened fabric. So easy! I didn't even tinker with color or contrast, I simply printed. You can see the results above, which I think is pretty darn cool! There are so many possibilities of what you could use these for. Keep in mind, I didn't wash these so I can't attest to the ink permancey for wearables.
I used a couple of the images on the needlecase tags on a couple of pincusions I created for friends.
And for Holly: