Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sweet Sunday

Here we are again.  It’s time for a Sunday special experiment.  This week’s chapter of Fabric Embellishing is printing on ribbon.  But first, I want to show you the finished project from last week.

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As a reminder . . . this was a photo (of my parents on their wedding day, by the way) printed onto fabric using an inkjet printer.  I then cut the photo in quarter inch strips and wove them on a threaded “grid.”  After adding the fabric frame, a little embroidery and there you are.

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To print on ribbon, you just set up your text (in any word processor) and print a paper sheet first.  Then you use double-face tape to attach the ribbon over that text.  Run the sheet through the printer again – and you’ve got text on ribbon!

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Er . . . sort of.  As you can see, it isn’t always very legible.  Apparently the inks tend to bleed on polyester and nylon.  Just as, apparently most of my ribbon is polyester or nylon!

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This particular ribbon was the best of the lot – and it is a fairly cheap floral ribbon!  Ah well.   I enjoyed the exercise and got a few usable ribbon pieces for future use.   And since it didn’t take very long to do this chapter, I had time to clean up my worktable a bit.  Yikes!  I can see the table top!!!

2 comments:

virtualquilter said...

Liz,

Interesting idea ... will file your experiment away for future reference! Finding the best ribbons sounds like the big challenge.

Judy B

Kay said...

That's something I had seen. Neat idea. Do you rinse the fabric photo first to get out excess ink?