Friday, August 19, 2011

Treat that Fabric Before Printing, or ....

this is what you may get after you wash it ......

I had printed some photos onto white cotton that I had not taken the time to pre-treat. I was in a hurry plus I didn't expect to ever wash the fabric as it was for use in my challenge quilt over at Tangled Textiles. So I started with these printed fabrics .....
I then added some fabric borders around them, thinking I'd work them somehow into a mini quilt.
However I wasn't happy with them as they were quite washed out looking and the theme was Celebrate! So I decided I'd simply wash the blocks and have them ready for dyeing. And this is what happened to the centers that had previously had a photo printed on them .....
I am actually very happy about this white square as I wasn't happy with the photos at all. I am wondering though if the photos were dull out because I had not increased the intensity of the colors (which I did do for the photos that I ended up using in my challenge quilt) or if it was due to the quality of the printer or ink I used or if it was because I had not treated the fabric? I had thought that the treating of fabric for printing was simply to help make it more colorfast so it doesn't wash away. Do you know?


  1. I use the pretreated fabric from Joann's with a coupon. The other way was too much fuss for me, and I didn't do it.

  2. I have only used special fabric made to print on that has a paper backing. After printing you need to remove the paper and iron the fabric to fix the print and then wash it in cold water.

  3. Glad it wasn't your challenge piece!!

  4. Wow! I didn't know this could happen. I'm sorry you had the problem, but glad you shared the information with us.


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