Sunday, January 30, 2011
Image Transfer to Fabric 101
I have enjoyed creating and selling digital downloads since late 2009. Over this short period of time I have had contact with many customers who use art to create their own designs. One question is asked of me over and over and over.
“How do you transfer images to fabric?”
I have been on this information quest myself and have found a few helpful links that I will share in this post. This is not a tutorial Per se but a synopsis of the information that is out there on the web to save you time and maybe money.
1) I think most use the Iron-on transfer sheets ~ see the following links
burlap pillow tutorial
print on burlap tutorial
I have tried this method and it is my opinion that it requires a commercial heat press to achieve a good result.
2) Print directly on the fabric ~ see the following links
Ink Jet Fabrics
This is the method I use with my Epson R1900
You cannot use this method for *burlap
I currently offer my designs printed on linen or twill in my TatteredNotions shop
3) Print on Demand ~ see the following links
Fabric on Demand
I have not used these services. Please note the copyright policies.
4) Screen-printing ~ see the following link
I want to try this but I haven’t yet. I think that this may be a good way to print on *burlap.
5) Citra-Solv ~ see the following links
Fabric Printing with Citra-Solv
Some of my customers use this method for *burlap with a nice result. I have not tried it myself but I really like the idea. My assessment is success with this method depends mainly on being able to keep the paper from slipping during the transfer process.
Other traditional ways to apply designs to fabric are painting, stamping and stenciling. Please share any related links in your comments.