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Sharon Posted: Sun, Apr 18 2010 2:49 PM

I want to scan artwork and print it on fabrics like muslin. So far I have heavily starched the fabric, cut it into 8 1/2 x 11 pieces and printed on it sucessfully. Then let it sit for a bit and iron it with a steam iron. The problem is that when washing the fabric, some of the color wash out.  Is there a way to keep the colors from fading?  

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Gale replied on Sun, Apr 18 2010 2:56 PM

I think a lot of it depends on your printer and the type of ink it uses. Most printers use dye inks which are not waterproof. Some use pigment inks (mainly Epson brand) which are more waterproof but may still not be 100%.

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Gale replied on Sun, Apr 18 2010 2:57 PM

btw you can buy custom fabric from spoonflower.com but it's expensive (I think $18 a yard) and also I have read that it may fade as well. I think it would only be worth it for something that will never be washed (then again I wonder if it would fade from light exposure).

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gini replied on Sun, Apr 18 2010 3:03 PM

sharon, i don't know about inks, but can you use a mordant on it?    try white vinegar.  Retayne is a mordant you can buy in quilt stores.  i don't know how either work with ink.    gini

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Kris replied on Sun, Apr 18 2010 3:09 PM

Sharon you can try Bubblejet Set. It worked great for me when I made a photo quilt for my in-laws.

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gini replied on Sun, Apr 18 2010 3:11 PM

kris, i should have guessed that they have already invented an ink setter for printers.    gini

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I used the same thing as Kris, Bubblejet. Also, instead of starching the fabric, I iron it to freezer paper, which now comes in 8.5x11" sheets, and run it through after treating with the Bubblejet stuff.

 


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chocake2 replied on Sun, Apr 18 2010 4:09 PM

I was also wondering about the starch. It might be preventing the ink from penitrating the cloth fibers as well. In essence the ink settles on the starch and washes out with it , instead of staying in the cloth.

I use ready for printing sheets ("Computer Printer Fabric" from June Tailor) and get good results, altho the reds really seem to migrate.

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Sharon replied on Sun, Apr 18 2010 6:22 PM

I also use the junetaylor sew-in fabric sheets with good results. They can get expensive when you want to do a lot of photos. We use the junetaylor for the logos for our church quilts.

Where do you buy the freezer paper?

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Thea replied on Sun, Apr 18 2010 6:31 PM

Sharon - I know they sell the freezer paper sheets at Keepsake quilting... I think maybe you can get it from Clothilde and maybe from Connecting threads... do a google search and it will probably bring up a dozen or so stores.

 

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Marilyn B replied on Sun, Apr 18 2010 7:04 PM

can you use the freezer paper they sell in the grocery stores if you cut your own sheets or are they no good as they come on the rolls, maybe too curly?

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Marilyn B:

can you use the freezer paper they sell in the grocery stores if you cut your own sheets or are they no good as they come on the rolls, maybe too curly?

You can, and I have. It's just easier, for me, to buy the sheets already cut.

 


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Gale replied on Mon, Apr 19 2010 2:26 AM

Homemade bubble jet set recipe

I have never tried this but I read about it a year or so ago and totally forgot until I saw the mention of bubble jet set in this thread.

 

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chocake2 replied on Mon, Apr 19 2010 9:42 AM

Oh Thank you for sharing this! I'm totally intrigued!! Of course the one issue I see here is that printers work with inks and soda ash/alum is designed for dyes. Still...I may have to try it.  ; >

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CJ Hines replied on Mon, Apr 19 2010 9:46 AM

Sharon--there is a product that you use to wash the muslin in before you scan the photo--I can't think of it right now but it's photo something--I think I bought it either through Connecting Threads or Clotilde.com (can't remember for sure). You pour the liquid into the wash and it helps set the colors. 

 

Also, if you are making a photo/memory quilt, you probably don't want to wash it after you finish it.

 

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