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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Creating fabric with writing on it

Fabric with writing on it is very popular now. I have had a go at creating my own. I took text in the public domain, in this case David Copperfield. I copied it into Word, removed all the punctuation and paragraph breaks, and chose an italic font.
I bought Avery Printable Fabric for Ink Jet at Staples, and printed two sheets. The first time, I chose
T-shirt transfer as the mode, and the result is a mirror image - duh. But I will still use it. The second time I just printed and it came out just fine.
The fabric was too stark white for my taste, so I tea dyed it overnight. The fabric took up the tea colour quite intensely. I removed the damp fabric from the plastic base and ironed it dry. It has quite a crisp hand, so I will use it in a craft project rather than in a quilt.
Very successful I think! The next time I am going to pdf a sheet of my own handwriting, and make fabric from that.



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