Help!! I’m at 15 days from vacation!


People who make announcements like that should just be slapped hard, right? I know, go ahead and picture it a few times in your head then lets get back to my problems. Ok? This is Darla- the fish killer from Finding Nemo.  The Husband will be Dr Sherman, of course. Now here is the rub. I am just not a crafty gal. So I call upon the talented web wonders I know (thats YOU!) to tell me know to get ‘RocknRoll Girl’ on a stupid purple shirt before my head explodes. I have the handwriting of a serial killer and no painting skills. I have trouble getting the syrup on the pancakes, so really, detailed work involving staining liquids is perhaps a bad idea. Any ideas?

In other more fun news, I went to Mary Jo’s! The grail of fabric stores in Gastonia North Carolina. Of course the moment I entered, the camera battery died. Isn’t that just the way? I feel like those people who claim that Big Foot or Bill Murray (very similiar, I hear) came to their house, took them miniature golfing and then they all skinny dipped with the Dalai Lama….yes, right, were are your pictures???? I swear, the camera died right when I wanted to take that picture of …oh, crap, you believe me, right? Of course you do.

Well, it was huge and my friends Barbara and Bonnie let me act like it was my first day out of prison- they let me wander and fondle to my hearts content. Psst- not to be too ugly, but it made my usual trips to Hancock feel a little like this: I’m sorry Kelly!!! I felt very silly- they are quilters*, so their haul was a good bit smaller in size than the 40 yards of assorted tacky that I was hauling about to cover my dainty fanny. The baskets provided were way small- I’ve got to get working on some ‘service dog vests for the dachshunds so they can work like pack animals in situations like this!

I now have many plans and schemes and I plan a cutting marathon as soon as I finish my Victory  Patterns Anouk which I love and I hope I am doing justice to! Have you seen Theresa’s? She has done 3 now and has been doing variations- so pretty!!!

*wordpress spell check changes ‘quilters‘ to ‘quitters’ but I defended your art!!!

photo credits: google images, little me

43 thoughts on “Help!! I’m at 15 days from vacation!

  1. Can you get some fabric transfer printer fabric stuff (single malt whiskey – the words escape me) and just creat the word art, print it, iron it on & maybe glitter art it? I’m sure glitter is in your skill set. My big dilemma – when I have 2 hours spare in Sydney on Tuesday – do I spent $30 on the retur train fare and go to The Fabric Store (holy grail of natural fibre fabric) or just dream and spend the money on postage??? OMG its a hard one!!

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  2. Yep, I was thinking the same thing- iron on transfer. You can print on it directly from your computer.

    I’ve yet to go to Mary Jo’s. My mom wants to take me for my birthday. Maybe I’ll bring my own cart.

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  3. I would use the freezer paper stencil method. Takes no artist ability whatsoever. I know this.

    Go to this site. Print off the thing you want to put on whatever garment you want it on. That sentence barely makes sense. Oh well. Enlarge the print to whatever size you need on the photocopier at work. Pay for the copy, of course 8-).

    http://www.cafepress.co.uk/+finding-nemo+mugs

    I would use Jacquard paints, I would use Neopaque for the black and Luminere for the sparkly bits. If I can find Jacquard paints in the wasteland where I live, you should be able to find it at 7-11.

    http://www.jacquardproducts.com/paints-and-inks/

    Cut a freezer paper stencil for each colour of paint. One for the black background and one for each other colour. It would seem like a good idea to save time and use one stencil for the non-black colours. It isn’t. Ask me how I know.

    Iron the freezer paper for the black stencil onto the garment, being sure to place it exactly where you want it. Sponge the black paint onto the garment being careful at the edges. It would probably be a good idea to test on a scrap, it would take the sport out of this process, but whatever. Once the paint is dry, follow the manufacturers directions, I believe heat setting with an iron is recommended. Iron the second stencil onto the black background, again being careful to center it properly. Paint, heat set, repeat.

    The only parts of this process that I am not certain of, is how the Luminere will show up on the black paint and how the freezer paper will iron onto the black painted fabric. I would test.

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  4. I would use the freezer paper stencil method. Takes no artist ability whatsoever. I know this.

    Print off the thing you want to put on whatever garment you want it on. That sentence barely makes sense. Oh well. Enlarge the print to whatever size you need on the photocopier at work. Pay for the copy, of course 8-).

    I would use Jacquard paints, I would use Neopaque for the black and Luminere for the sparkly bits.

    http://www.jacquardproducts.com/paints-and-inks/

    Cut a freezer paper stencil for each colour of paint. One for the black background and one for each other colour. It would seem like a good idea to save time and use one stencil for the non-black colours. It isn’t. Ask me how I know.

    Iron the freezer paper for the black stencil onto the garment, being sure to place it exactly where you want it. Sponge the black paint onto the garment being careful at the edges. It would probably be a good idea to test on a scrap, it would take the sport out of this process, but whatever. Once the paint is dry, follow the manufacturers directions, I believe heat setting with an iron is recommended. Iron the second stencil onto the black background, again being careful to center it properly. Paint, heat set, repeat.

    The only parts of this process that I am not certain of, is how the Luminere will show up on the black paint and how the freezer paper will iron onto the black painted fabric.

    I do like the other commenters suggestions of using inkjet transfer paper, if you do that, buy the stuff for dark fabrics.

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  5. You could do the inkjet printer thing, orrrrrrrrrrrrrr, you could see if your local screen printer place will do it pretty cheaply–you might be surprised at how inexpensive it is. It would be one less thing to worry about before you leave, and also, that inkjet paper ain’t cheap.

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  6. This comment is more of a test, as I have written three comments and WordPress has eaten them all. If you use inkjet transfer paper, be sure to buy the stuff for dark fabrics.

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  7. Didn’t there used to be shops that would print your words in the type face you wanted onto a t-shirt for you?? I am terrible at this sort of craft activity – I’ve tried to do “simple” fabric painting on a t-shirt and it was an ugly result, so if this were my challenge I’d turn it into a competition: best iron on transfer wins* a piece of exciting but kind of tacky fabric?

    * prize only awarded upon successful transfer to t-shirt, of course 🙂

    Good luck!

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  8. rosyragpatch says:

    No useful advice I’m afraid. I have a similar problem – I’m trying to print photos on fabric. The results are so bad I think I might need a new printer. Good luck with your task.

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  9. Another solution for the rock n roll skirt is to make your own stencil out of thin cardboard by cutting out the letters then painting the design onto the garment. Shake on some glitter. (Wear old clothes while you are doing this and stay away from good carpet. Ask me how I know….)

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  10. Sorry if someone has already suggested this (no single malt whiskey here, but my contacts are drying out), but you could buy iron-on sparkly letters. Only involves cutting out the letters–no software or printers necessary. I know the glittery ones exist because a friend of mine made a custom tshirt out of them a few years ago.
    Mary Jo’s sounds great. If it’s anywhere near I-95 I’ll try it next time I drive south.
    Have a great trip! If you’re flying on either October 22 or 26 let me know. I’ll be taking my snowbird dad to Sebring that week and we’re flying into Orlando. We can have an overpriced airport bagel together or something.
    Good luck with your project. You’ll be brilliant!!

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  11. I have used the iron on transfer printer paper before. I still have a t-shirt that I did at least five years ago. It’s been washed and dried something like a gazillion times and looks just like the day I printed it. You can buy the paper at Wal-mart and it’s really not all that expensive. The expensive part is that you need fairly new ink cartridges in the printer if you want it to look good.

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  12. Jealous of your shopping trip, but more importantly, I had a very weird dream this weekend where I was driving around with my mom in an old vintage car (don’t ask me why, my mother lives 10 hours away and drives a minivan) and spotted you walking on the street. I yelled at my mom “STOP! PRTTYNPNK IS THERE!”, leapt out of the car and we did a little happy dance of mutual recognition. Then we ran into Oona and did a big threeway of happy dance recognition. It was such an odd dream – I don’t remember anything else about it but when I saw your post this morning it came back to me. What does it mean that sewing bloggers are showing up in my dreams?!

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  13. ParisGrrl says:

    For this particular pattern, I might go old-school…print out the image ElleC sent the link to in the size you want, then use dressmakers transfer paper to outline the black section and the letters on a piece of black felt or similar fabric. Use glitter Tulip paint or just glitter and fabric glue to fill in the letters, then sew or just safety-pin (from behind) the black piece to a purple t-shirt or sweater. It’s going to be a perfect look for you!

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  14. I would print out a large copy of the lettering art from the photo and use tracing paper to transfer it onto the shirt and the fill it in with fabric paint. Or head to the local walmart or kmart and I’m sure they have a similar groovy rock and roll girl type shirt.

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