Friday, April 6, 2012

How to Print on Non-Woven Interfacing Fabric

Screen printing enables you to print on many surfaces. The same technique can be used to print on nonwoven fabric, wood, metal, paper and glass. The type of ink used to print an image will depend on the type of surface you wish to print on. To print on fabric, you will need to use fabric ink. When learning to screen print, use designs that will be simple to cut out.
Select a design to print on your interfacing. This can be hand drawn or chosen from copyright-free images on your computer. Print or draw the image onto an A4 acetate sheet.
Put thick cardboard on your work surface. Place the acetate sheet on top of the cardboard. Cut out the areas of the design that you want to print. This creates an acetate stencil of the design.
Cover your work surface with newspaper. Lay the interfacing wet wipes flat on top of the newspapered surface. Smooth out any creases or wrinkles in the desired print area. Place the stencil on top of the interfacing in the area that you want to print.
Place the screen on top of the stencil. Line up the edges of the stencil and the screen. Use masking tape to tape off any areas on the underside of the screen that are not covered by the stencil.
Place the ink at the top of the screen. Use a squeegee held at a 45-degree angle to pull the ink down the screen.
Pull the screen up from left to right. The stencil will come away with the screen. This will reveal your printed interfacing fabric. Leave the print to dry.

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