You've reached this page because you're probably looking for more information about the Simply Quilts Episodes you saw me in. Below are answers to some of the frequently asked questions. Please send me an email and let me know if this was helpful to you.
Detailed instructions and more information about this episode can be found here on the HGTV website.

Q: How do I get the wax out of my fabric when I'm all done?
A: Much of the wax comes out when you steam the silk however the best method I've found for removing all of the wax residue is dry cleaning.

Q: Where can I get a stretcher frame like the one you used in your demonstration?
A: You can purchase stretcher frames through Moyer Design and the Dharma Trading Company Catalog

Q: Do you have a book on the silk dyeing technique you demonstrated?
A: No, wish I did! However I can recommend some good books to get you started. Check out my Books resource page.

Q: What dyes do you use?
A: I use a variety of different dyes - it's good to experiment with different dyes and discover for yourself which ones you like the best. The ones I use most often are made by Dupont, Sennelier Tinfix and Jacquard.

Detailed instructions and more information about this episode can be found here on the HGTV website.

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.

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