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Hollywood Hills Cookie
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Date: 11/19/09 3:51 PM

Hello, all.

I bought a new, beautifully cut, sort of kimono-style dress at the thrift store for practically NOTHING. The problem is, the fabric's print is just NOT that great. It's a bit cheap looking.

The fabric is a thin, satiny polyester (like the print, not my first choice), but it drapes nicely and works for this garment. It has a cream background and then flower images on it, done in kind of a thin brush-stroke, in grey and pale turqoise. It's the artwork for the flowers that's poor.

So...I was reading that the designer Tony Walton once cut a shape into some potato halves and stamped a pattern on a fabric he didn't like for one of Jacqueline Bisset's costumes in "Murder on the Orient Express". Does anyone have any tips or experience with stamping a pattern on fabric?

I guess I would carve some Chinese characters into the potato halves, then stamp the imprints on the fabric with....straight dye? Indellible ink? I don't care if it bleeds a little in the wash...as frankly, anything would be better than the tacky flower pattern I'm trying to cover up. I was thinking I would cover an ironing board with layers of butcher paper to stretch the fabric on for the actual stamping. Luckily, the dress has very few gathers.

Any ideas? Thanks in advance!
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Date: 11/19/09 6:58 PM

I would check out Dharma Trading Company They have all kinds of fiber paints and inks as well as great instructions on how to use the products and which ones to use for what application. If you have any questions the operators on the phone are very helpful as well.

I remember when I was growing up, using potato stamps to decorate cookie bags for soldiers in my fathers unit. I think we did 250 bags. I got real good at it.

-Michelle

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Date: 11/19/09 7:07 PM

Thanks! In a way, I was thinking I was imagining the whole potato stamp concept.....I read that article about Tony Walton a LONG time ago! But I am so glad to hear it actually exists!

I guess the good thing about it is that a potato is much easier to carve than wood, or rubber : )

I will surely check out that site.

THANKS AGAIN!

Edit: Oh my...the possibilities! Great site!

http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/2224425-AA.shtml?lnav=tools_tjaps.html


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Date: 11/20/09 1:00 AM

I've done this several times over the years.

I recommend fabric paint rather than dye, you don't get enough pigment on the fabric with dye (as it needs time to soak into the fibres).

Fabric paint is heat sealed, usually by pressing really hot under a pressing cloth. You may need to experiment to see how hot you can go with your fabric.

As for applying ---
I've used potato stamps - you get good solid imprints but the edges are a little rough.
Carving cork doesn't take much longer and gives sharper edges - but you are limited to the size of your cork (I spent one holiday season compulsively collecting champange corks for this purpose).
I've also tried stencilling several times and never had good results - I've always had colour bleed under the edge of the stencil.

Have fun with this - it sounds a good way to tart up your fabric.

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Date: 11/20/09 3:08 AM

> then stamp the imprints on the fabric with....straight dye? Indellible ink?

Dyes for poly are not the nicest, I would check with ProChem or Dharma to see what paints they carry will work on a slick poly fabric. I have ordered from both companies many times and have had great service.

Joanne

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Date: 11/20/09 4:53 AM

>>Does anyone have any tips or experience with stamping a pattern on fabric?

Yes I do, waving hand madly. I've tried all sorts of methods/techniques over the years and I've finally found something that works really well.

I use regular clear (acrylic) stamps. The same ones you would use for scrapbooking or stamping on paper. I find the finer ones work the best. The ones with thin lines rather than large flat areas. The larger areas tend to smudge. Any stamp with fine lines works really well and comes up nicely.

For paints I've tried all sorts but I can highly recommend Jacquard Products Lumiere and Neopaque. These out perform all other paints IMHO. They can be laundered or dry cleaned, are soft, give excellent coverage and the colours are great. They are good on natural fibres and synthetics too.

To apply the paint to the stamp I use a small dauber. (Also used for stencilling). It's basically a wooden stick with a small sponge on the end. It's good at applying the paint to the fine lines on the stamp without smearing paint everywhere.

Give it a try. It's a lot of fun and very easy to do. HTH


Edited to add: As your fabric is polyester and shiny you will have some issues with smudging probably. Anything shiny is much harder to stamp, so give it a try on a scrap first.

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Date: 11/20/09 6:31 PM

Yay! Thank you all.

It does seem like an interesting, easy teqnique to experiment with.

Might be a neat way to dress up borders on solid colored, little girl clothes, too. (I can see making little sail boat, alphabet and building blocks stamps......hmm......)

EDIT: I wonder if gold or silver metalic paint would stay shiny...or just end up looking grey and beige, after a while.
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Date: 11/21/09 2:57 PM

Quote: Hollywood Hills Cookie
I wonder if gold or silver metalic paint would stay shiny...or just end up looking grey and beige, after a while.

From a beloved top I know the gold wears away to dull gold (rather than beige) - but by then the top was worn out anyway.
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Date: 11/21/09 4:03 PM

>>I wonder if gold or silver metalic paint would stay shiny...or just end up looking grey and beige, after a while.

It probably depends on the paint brand and the fabric type. So far I have not had a problem with Lumiere silver on cotton fabrics. I have had problems with other brands of paint though.

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Date: 11/21/09 4:13 PM

I will also put in a vote for luminere. I don't do much on that type of fabric (only cotton's so far) but very easy to work with the colour keeps depth even when you thin consistency a bit. I've used the gold, silver and copper with no trouble. I've stamped with them but only on cotton I also agree the better defined the stamp the better the result.

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