Monday, 17 June 2013

Transfer printing with The West Country Embroiderers - Totnes branch

Gorgeous over printing.

Today was the first day of five workshops I will be teaching this week in Devon and Cornwall. It has taken some organising but we are well on the road now. 
The first workshop was Transforming Transfers for the Totnes branch of The West Country Embroiderers. It is a very simple workshop that always yields great effects.

 Some of the group getting down to it . . .

 I took my heat press with me as it can be very annoying waiting to share an iron. The heat press is very hot and very fast. Disperse dyes/transfer paints were painted onto paper. Once the paint was dry the papers were ironed, paint side down, onto synthetic fabrics. We were using Evolon, ployester satin, polyester velvet and Vilene Spunbond.
 Leaves were used as a resist on this print.
 The leaves were then turned over (they are covered in dye) and printed onto fabric.

 This was the final print.

 More plants -

 Dried flowers used as a resist . . .

 The flowers were then turned over and printed . . .
  . .  and this is the result . . .

 We then went onto using soldering irons to cut out shapes. Bondaweb was ironed onto the back of some of the prints. Shapes were then cut out with the soldering irons, lifted off the backing paper and then ironed onto another print.

 Two of the group concentrating hard.

Some of the cut shapes before they were ironed off . . . 


 And some gorgeous layered prints . . .


 . .  and of course, some the best prints were from - the kitchen towell that had been used to clean up the dyes . . . !!!! 


That's all for now - I'm off to bed now. Scrumptious Spunbond tomorrow in Torquay tomorrow.


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