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Q: Where did you get the organza you printed on?
A: I bought regular white organza and then pretreated it with a special printing medium called Bubble Jet Set 2000. You can buy silk organza by the yard from Thai Silks and you can order a 32 oz. bottle of Bubble Jet Set 2000 by clicking here.
Q: How did you print the words on the organza?
A: First I prepared a file on my computer with the design I wanted to print. I cut up organza into 8.5 x 11 inch pieces and then pretreated the organza with the Bubble Jet Set 2000 according to the manufacturer's instructions. I then ironed the organza to 8.5 x 11 sheets of freezer paper. I put these into my printer and printed the design I had created onto the organza. I then followed the manufacturer's instructions for doing the final setting of the ink and washed the organza and used it in my project.
Q: What program did you use to get your words to flow around the way they do?
A: I use Adobe Illustrator. A word of caution though: this is not a beginner's program and it takes quite a bit of time to learn to use it proficiently. There may be other programs out there that can help you accomplish similar things that are easier to use.
Q: Don't you worry about getting the fabric jammed in your printer?
A: Yes, I do worry about this and I have had fabric jams in my printer. It's very unpleasant and I've damaged the print heads of my printer this way. To minimize the chances of the fabric getting jammed, I use flat 8.5 x 11 inch sheets of freezer paper rather than the rolled freezer paper. You can buy 50 sheets of flat 8.5 x 11 inch sheets of freezer paper by clicking here. I also make sure to carefully iron the fabric to the freezer paper so there are no bubbles, no loose edges and I trim any loose threads.