So the new challenge is to do some stitching representing the photo, using inspiration from Stitch magazines – a challenge with little challenges inside it.
An old edition of Stitch magazine had an article by textile artist Jean Boath on printing a photo onto fabric and then embroidering onto it. During the sort out of my stitch supplies I came across some Dylon Image Maker. It’s been there a while but there’s no expiry date on it.
Instructions say you need a photocopy of a photo – instead I’m printing copies out on my home printer and copying the photo on the home printer.
Basically you spread a thick layer of the Image Maker on the photo, press it upside down on the fabric, roll it then leave for at least 4 hours or overnight (which I did).
The next day I wet the paper and rubbed it off. The photo didn’t come through as clearly as I hoped. This could be due to the lack of contrast colours on the photo, using a home printer to make copies or not applying the product correctly. The lighter coloured piece became lighter the more I rubbed the paper backing off.
As you can see I have tried printing on the fabric with a piece of the crop. This was inspired by designer Ellie Hipkin’s article in the June/July 2017 edition of Stitch magazine. Ellie used fabric paint to print with but as I didn’t have any I used a card making ink pad. My first attempt wasn’t very successful but I did manage to get one good print.
Next step is to do some stitching on the pieces.
Am so loving the sunny weather and long days – my mental health always feels so much better. 🙂