I wrote awhile back about how I have recently started to do some mono print on fabric using a screen printing techniques. I have found out that in printing big quantities of fabric is rather challenging. It’s my first attempt printing on fabric and such a scale. I could implement a few things to make life a bit easier for myself like using a bigger screen, etc. Otherwise why wouldn’t most big textile designers and print factories will be do it instead of employing a much more current and economical techniques like digital printing. I love this way as you paint the screen with some fabric dye, let it dry then pour some print paste then put the squeegge over how hard can that be?!! It’s was all going well till i discover bubbles trap between the screen and fabric and the dyes being smudge onto places you don’t want them there. It does give a patchy effect maybe it isn’t that bad after all…
I got making a blouse as I follow House of pinheiro on instagram and she hosted an event recently #sewphotohop. There are a few hosted events around like #therefreshners. After all blogging is all about getting the community to be involved in doing things together. In this instances sewing. It’s on Day 2 which is to post Current sewing (WIP Work in progress). A great way to promote your blog and to meet other fellow like minded bloggers/ instagrammers , that’s when I decided to print more fabrics so that I can make a blouse out my printed fabric. I found a blouse pattern on a recent burda style magazine. Making and fitting the pattern wasn’t much of a probelm as it doesn’t require much sewing skill.
Anyway it’s not so bad in the result as I would wear it as a daily wear. Something to add to my wardrobe.
Here are some books on fabric printing where you can find how to mix dyes, what type of dyes to use and print paste recipes.
I particularly like the’ printing on fabric’ book as it shows how to to transit from ready made acrylic fabric printing medium to using dyes. I pre mix my dye powder so that I don’t have mix them all the time. I mix 25 grms of dye powder to about 100mls of water. They last about 6 months. I mix the print paste by using manutex F an alginate sodium compound with urea. The urea helps to retain the bright colours of the dye. I just mix till it is thick enough into a paste like texture. about 1/4 teaspoon of manutex, 1/4 teaspoon of urea and about 80- 100mls of water. for more details I did a youtube video on how to do it. Here is the link https://youtu.be/ZeEjsL8662M
Dyeing and screen-printing on textiles. Joanna Kinnersly-Taylor
Printing on fabric. Jean Swearington
Fabric Dyeing & Printing. Kate Wells
I got most of materials online from http://www.georgeweil.com