Sewing My Life Together

Very Little Stuff Going On Here….

 

Well, these past few weeks have been exhausting. I always find myself drained of energy in January, and 2013 has proven NOT to be an exception. I find myself after dinner with little energy to move my body (and I have to move my arms to sew!)….PLUS I took a 48 hour whirlwind trip on a tour bus with 30 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and 20 other adults to Washington, D.C. for Obama’s inauguration….leaving on a Sunday night at 10 PM, sleeping on the bus, walking all around DC the next day and standing on the National Mall for hours waiting for the inauguration…(and yes, I did see Beyonce lip-syncing the National Anthem)…..then there was my birthday, my daughter’s 22nd birthday weekend, a root canal, an infection as a result of the root canal,  and a class in using acrylic gel to transfer photos to paper and fabric with my sister…whoa there. No wonder I’ve been exhausted!

 

But I did try something new, something I have wanted to try for a while. First, I read in an article that there is a product called “Bubble Jet Set 2000” in which you soak fabric, then let dry, then iron the fabric onto freezer paper and print on a computer. Apparently ink-jet printers print water-soluble ink, and this Bubble Jet helps the ink to set on the fabric. So, one day I cut fabric into 8.5 x 11 inch rectangles, washed and dried them and then painted on them, and let them dry overnight

The next day I ironed them and then I soaked them in the Bubble Jet solution for five minutes, then let dry once again overnight.  The next day I ironed these painted fabrics onto freezer paper.

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I then organized my lists of “Quotes”, and set about to print several different types of  text onto the fabric. These are examples of my results:

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The second photo is a closer look at one fabric print.

While this was fun, it is time-consuming….i intend to use these quotes in my landscapes and cards. And there was one  additional problem….after putting through several freezer-paper-fabric pieces, one last one jammed the printer. I carefully took it out,  but kept getting a ‘paper jam’ message on my printer. I opened it, several time, shook it out upside down, went  on FixYa web site to see what other solutions were suggested, and used a flashlight  on the inner workings of the printer and removed a single thread, reset the printer several times, and finally called Canon Tech Support. The result? My printer may be repairable,  but for $75.00 I could buy a new one from Canon…and I did. I will have to see where I can recycle this printer, because it is kaput. Broken. Jammed. Damaged. 

Next time I print on fabric, I am using a much simpler printer….and I am also going to  be much more careful!

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Very Little Stuff Going On Here….

  1. shirley on said:

    These are gorgeous!

  2. In the dark days before personal printers, textile folks were not unknown to jam corporate and library copiers. Love your results – sorry about the death of your printer.

  3. I love how you’re learning to make your own designs on fabric. I am impressed. So much to learn… I love these colors and your quotes.

  4. Oh, and 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders and a 48 hour trip on a bus including sleeping…I am really impressed. Did that once during Bush the first’s presidency for a protest…but with adults only!

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