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Sunday, February 24, 2013
MAKING YOUR INKJET PRINTED FABRIC COLORFAST
Hi, everyone-I decided to test some left over blocks from a photo quilt recently to use as examples to show.
Making photo quilts has
been a passion of mine for several years now. When I found that I
could print my own photos on fabric through my little ink jet
printer, I was ecstatic and that is no exaggeration. Then along came
a product to enable fabric to grab the ink and make it
colorfast-Bubble Jet Set. Here are a couple of family quilts I have
Others print their own
fabric designs but so far I have been satisfied with mostly photos
and maybe a label here and there for a special quilt. Oh, and there
was the stuffed doll with my brother's face on it that I made to
present to him at his retirement party.
With all the time, effort
and expense that goes into these, are they going to be washable? This
is the question posed by clients when they are ordering these, what I
call “instant heirlooms” and yes, they are.
I have a couple of blocks
that were printed several years ago that I kept by the washer and put
through several wash loads just to check. The fabrics are to be
treated as any fine fabric-keep out of direct light and I don't know
how many washings they will endure without fading if they do fade. I
also recommend spraying with one of those quilt protector sprays that
will repel stains and dirt.
I have used both HP and
Lexmark printers and had good success with both. I am not endorsing
either, just try whatever printer you have. The HP was used for a
client's quilt that was ordered for a gift this past Christmas. From
that project there were several misprints and a couple of duplicates
[I was really aggravated with all this considering the price of ink]
that I didn't pitch into the trash because I thought they could be
cut apart and be put into other things-a pillow, maybe, to match the
quilt-something to salvage them.
Then it dawned on me that
these could be tested to show their colorfastness. The first blocks I had washed didn't have a non washed comparison and here
were enough prints to put side by side to really demonstrate the
durability of the prints.
First they were all heat
set with my iron then pinned onto my design wall to photo. They had
been marked with permanent Magic Marker with how many washings each
would go through. Here they are before washing-all on the left row
were not washed:
blocks in right hand row were placed in a laundry bag:
after 1st wash:
unwashed block on left-no
after 2nd wash:
unwashed block on
left-still little or no visible difference
after 3rd wash:
unwashed block on
left-still little or no difference
and after 4th
unwashed block on
left-little or no difference
I am pleased with the
results, I have a great example to show and I am especially pleased
to be able to have the versatility of making my own fabric.
If you have been thinking
about making your own fabric prints, start gathering all those old
and new photos to tell your own story.
Here is the video story of a wall hanging I made for granddaughter, Angela with printing process.