Wisdom needed! Does anyone have an idea of how I could transfer an image to the surface of a piece of white felt that I have made (wet felted)? To be more specific, for a particular project that I have in mind, I want to have part of a map (which I can get from the Internet) on my felt. It does not need to be a perfect image, but enough to suggest a map. I will then embellish the piece in other ways. Does anyone have experience of transferring images?
I know a little bit about printing images, not transferring your selected image. There is such thing as Thermofax and more, I'm sure. But the most of them involve use of special paints or chemical solutions, so it's not for an occasional job, really.
It appears to be a simple process (using a home printer) to transfer an image onto fabric, so, as you've mentioned that you will be embellishing the felt, I'm wondering if you might incorporate a fabric map into your felt?
Lyn's idea is a good one. You could print on to silk and then nuno felt that on to the felt.
I have done a lot of different surface design techniques on felt including screen printing which would work. But as Galina mentions, that takes some equipment. You could also print or stencil with thickened dye. But again, you'd need to make a stamp or a stencil.
I haven't found a transfer medium that works very well with felt.
I have experience with image transfer on glass and wood, cotton and silk but don't know how it will work on felt but you can give it a try with a little experiment.The way it works is: print a mirrored image on regular printpaper, so not on photopaper. Cover the print with white glue, (or modpodge, medium gel) and put it on the surface. Let it dry completely and when dry you wet the paper and after a while you start rubbing the paper off. It takes a while of rubbing but when the paper is completely gone , the ink image remains. There are a lot of video's on Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yO3qZR8ahlk I know there is also specific transfer paper available on the market to print an image and than iron it on the fabric.
Do you need to transfers details of the map, or just outlines? If the latter, I would print the map on paper, cut out the outline, hold that on the felt (perhaps put in a few pins), and then either needle felt yarn, or stitch, along the edges.
Some really great ideas here - thank you all so much! I will probably give all these ideas a go at some point, but I especially like the idea of printing the map onto fabric such as silk and incorporating that. And I am also excited by the idea of stitching a piece of actual map directly onto the felt. Brilliant! I'll post the results of this when I've taken it further.
Elizabeth, it's a product you can buy. Kind of pricey. You just put it through your printer and then use it. I have never tried nuno felting it before.
You can buy some stuff to soak the fabric in, let it dry, then iron the silk to freezer paper and cut to the exact size of paper that goes in your printer, then put it through the printer. It's a long process so maybe the silk that's ready to print isn't that expensive after all.