Sunday, 27 February 2011

Adventures in Foil

I have recently been working with heat transfer foil. You apply a glue, which you can use with a paint brush straight on to fabric or card or paper if you wish, or you can screen print it. I have also used it with Bondaweb so I thought I would share with you all my results as I know a lot of people screen print i'm sure you would be as excited by the idea of foiling your work as much as I am.

So I have been experimenting with using Bondaweb and the glue screenprinted. I have also been trying to find the best temperature for my iron to get the perfect finish, the perfect surface and the perfect amount of time to apply the heat for. I have now perfected that (what an exciting breakthrough that was) so now I shall share with you the results.

Firstly here is Bondaweb applied to the fabric and then the foil ironed on top with a piece of A4 printer paper between the foil and the iron.

As you can see you get quite a grainy effect because the Bondaweb itself is quite fibrous. This sample has also been washed at 40 degrees inside a pillow case. The print became more bitty and worn away. 

Secondly is screen printed glue with foil ironed on top, on top of a woven surface (not intentional I was using a woven rug to protect the table but it had the effect of giving the foil a texture)

Here you can clearly see the effect the woven rug had on the result. Don't iron on a textured surface people! More on that later! This sample has also been washed at 40 degrees inside a pillow case and again the print degraded slightly.

At this point I started working on a new print design based on crystal forms and wanted to use an irridescent foil that looks like oil on water to compliment the mint green and lilac I used in the prints. 

Here is where the breakthrough came. I screen printed the glue on using a paper stencil. Left it to dry completely. I then used a piece of floor lino (smooth side up) that I use for screen printing on, put the fabric on that, then the foil shiny side up, the A4 piece of paper and set my iron to just below the hottest setting. I ironed the foil, always moving, for 30 seconds and then let it all cool.

Et voila! Super smooth super nice heat transfered foil. I am beyond happy with this. The only thing I would say in terms of washing it is gentle hand wash only, this stuff does not like your washing machine! Here it is printed onto a cushion cover which wouldn't need washing very often.

If you are interested in this process leave me a comment as i'm thinking of getting more of this foil in the future.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

A Cross Blog Giveaway!

The fabulous Katie of What Katie Found and I have joined forces to offer our blog readers and twitter followers the chance to win some goodies.

Katie asked for people to donate items to a giveaway, I offered one each of my wooden brooches and answered some probing questions and there we have it, one interview about yours truly and a chance to win some fancy accessories for free, nothing, not a sausage!

If you would like to be in with a chance of winning either or even both of the brooches you just need to be a follower on Katie's blog and this one too. For an extra entry, follow us both on twitter. Then all you need to do is leave a comment on What Katie Found and voila, your name is in the pot!

I wonder if Katie will let me get Milly to pick the winner again!

Friday, 18 February 2011

What a beaut!

I just had to show you this beautiful thing. I'm lucky enough to have a friend who buys and does up vintage furniture. And so I've been lucky enough to make this beaut my own. I have no idea where it is going to go. I don't really think we have room to put it anywhere but the spare room. But it will live there and be used for product photos until it's time has come. Ooo I love it so much i made it my iPhone background hehe! More pics to come when it's home with me.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

NEW! Little tea badges

These cute little pin badges are the latest edition to my online shops.

Folksy and Etsy

They come in a pack of four, one of each badge and they are all original designs by me.

They have vintage style polka dot backgrounds and feature illustrations and phrases, of course about tea!

A bargain at just £1.50 a set.


Several months ago I received an email from Inside Crochet magazine asking if they could feature my Crochet Lover badge in their magazine. Of course I said yes and duly sent off an image for them to use.

So here we are, several months later in issue 13. Now unfortunately i wasn't made aware of that my badge was in that issue when it was on the shelf, so you'll have to do with this picture from my complimentary issue.

Never the less it is very exciting for me to have my work featured in such a fun magazine! If you like crochet I suggest you take a peek at it next time you're at your local newsagents as there are lots of cute projects to do and there is always handmade products featured in their "Things We Love" section.