Category Archives: textiles

Free dragon knitting chart…

Freeby time!  So I decided that the dragon chart that I recently listed for sale will become the first freebie on my blog. I am giving it away to anyone who signs up for my newsletter.

I am busy painting just now but I hope to get on to some knitting soon, so I will be using it myself to make a cushion cover. When I do I will post the finished object. Mind you, there’s all those crocheted baby clothes that I have 99% done and need to finish off! So many things, etc.

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dragon chart
dragon chart

Knitting charts – a dragon is born…

I have had a few requests for a dragon knitting chart, so here it is!

dragon chart
dragon chart

This is a free chart for anyone who signs up to my newsletter. I have a few more in the pipeline, so don’t forget to check back every so often.  Just now I am working on a scottie dog, a greyhound, cats and other random creatures.

The process involved in making the chart goes like this: I do a pen and ink drawing of the subject of the chart. Then I have to convert it to an image file, tidy it up in Photopaint and then make up a chart in CorelDraw. Finally it gets listed on t’internet.

This chart is intended to be used for knitting but I am hoping to create charts aimed at other crafts too. I’ll see how it goes! 🙂

Don’t forget to let me know how you get on if you do use the chart.

The quest for a washable inkjet print on fabric…

The good, the bad and the ugly, inkjet prints on fabric
The good, the bad and the ugly, inkjet prints on fabric. on the left, pigment ink prints. On the right dye based prints.

A few years ago, I did some prints on to old cotton sheeting, using my HP  inkjet printer, which used pigment inks.  After drying thoroughly, I was able to wash the printed fabric with very little loss of ink. Although the prints were a little more muted than those done on paper they were still very good.

So this week, I decided to do some more fabric prints. However, what I had forgotten was that not all inkjet printers are created equal. Now I am not sure if it is the type of ink, my current printer uses dye based inks, but it doesn’t give the same results. The ink washes out.

I tried leaving the prints to dry, I tried ironing them, I tried pre-soaking the fabric in a solution of alum, washing soda and fabric softener, none of which made a bit of difference.

I know that there is a product called BubbleJet Set, which purports to help you get colourfast fabric prints. Being a bit grippy, I am loathe to spend money on it as I have no guarantee of it working.

I also have concerns that, even with the Bubble Jet Set solution the prints, being dye based, might fade. I really wish that I still had my old printer 🙁

Do any of you lovely people out there have any experience of this product?

Quick Fabrics – they are indeed quick!

I just received some lovely fabric from a shop called Quick Fabrics – https://www.quickfabrics.co.uk/ and they turned out to be very quick indeed. 🙂

Here in the depths of Aberdeenshire, we get used to things taking a while to get here, sometimes it takes a week or so after ordering, when most other places will receive their stuff the next day. So imagine my surprise, when, the day after ordering it, my fabric turned up! Hurrah!

Not only that but it is really nice fabric and was very reasonably priced.

Quick Fabrics have a good range of material, so it didn’t take me long to put an order together. It’s great to find a shop like this one.

I bought some calico, for printing on, as well as some lovely thick cotton jacquard and some bright poly-cottons. I couldn’t get a good photo of the jacquards, which is a shame as the texture of them is fantastic.

Fabric
Fabric