Printing on Fabric: 5 Techniques to Get You Started
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Printing on Fabric: 5 Techniques to Get You Started

A textile starter pack to get you started in the fiber arts and fashion design.
4.8 (6 ratings)
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Created by Kimberly Irwin
Last updated 6/2016
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Experiment with textile design techniques to create unique fabric.
  • Become familiar with textile dyes and inks
  • Safely handle chemicals and dyes associated with textile and surface design
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  • Student will need to purchase some basic supplies like fabric, dyes and textile ink.
  • Some of the techniques demonstrated use toxic chemicals and should be handled accordingly

Printing on Fabric: Five Techniques to Get You Started is your answer to boring old fabric from your local craft store.  Learn how to take your fabrics from basic to extraordinary with a few simple techniques.

Learn Textile Techniques to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

·      Learn 5 techniques that will transform your sewing projects

·      Learn to determine the difference between natural and synthetic fibers

·      Choose the appropriate dye or ink for your project

·      Feel comfortable experimenting with textile design on fabric

·      Set up appropriate workspaces for each technique

Experiment with Five Non-traditional Textile and Surface Design Techniques

This class will give you the courage and know how to create one-of-a-kind fabric for your sewing projects with the help of five very different techniques. 

Whether you're a beginner looking to get your feet wet in the textile industry or if you are an experienced sewer or quilter looking to take your project up a notch this course is for you. You can even use it to build your fashion, textile or fiber arts portfolio, a great way to get ready for art school.

This course is presented in real time so you can follow along and includes detailed instructions about workspace set up and making the most of your home studio.

Contents and Overview

Over 11 lectures and over 1.5 hours of video content you’ll learn how to effectively manipulate dye and chemicals on fabric.

First I’ll show you how to monoprint, a non-repeatable abstract manipulation of dye on a slick surface that's then transferred onto a piece of fabric.  Then I’ll show you how to apply vibrant splashes of dye with little more than dye powder and a spray bottle. 

Once you feel comfortable with dyes and inks I’ll show you a non-traditional way to create beautiful surface texture with only a heat gun.

Then, I’ll introduce you to two chemicals, one used to remove color called, discharge paste and another to remove fibers from fabric, called Fiber Etch. 

Upon completion of this course you’ll be able to think beyond your local fabric store and create unique textiles on any fabric using fabric dye, inks, heat and chemicals.   

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for beginners with an interest in learning some textile design techniques.
  • This course isn't for someone who wants to achieve regular, expected results
  • This course is great for someone willing to experiment and embrace the unexpected
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Curriculum For This Course
9 Lectures
3 Lectures 11:30

An introduction to the course and what you can expect to learn.

Preview 03:57

Learn how to preform a burn to test, which will help you determine the fiber content of your fabric. Also covered is how to choose the appropriate dye/ink for different fabric types. And an overview of the supplies you'll need.

Burn Test and Choosing Dye/Ink

A list of supplies you'll need to complete the course and where to find them.

Supply List
5 Lectures 01:01:58

Learn how to create abstract images by applying dye/ink to freezer paper before transferring the pattern to fabric.

Preview 12:00

Learn how to manipulate powdered dye with little more than a spray bottle to create vibrant splashes of color on fabric.

Using Powdered Dye and a Squirt Bottle

Learn how to use a heat gun to achieve bubbled and burned effects on synthetic and natural fabric. 

Burning and Melting Fabric

Learn how to use a chemical called Fiber Etch to remove cellulose fibers from fabric. Often referred to as burn out or devore, this technique is widely used on velvet and mixed fibered knits.

Removing Fibers Using Fiber Etch

Learn how to use discharge paste, a thickened bleach, to remove color from dark colored, natural fabrics.

Removing Color Using Discharge Paste
1 Lecture 01:42

Conclusion to the course and how to stay in touch.

Course Conclusion
About the Instructor
Kimberly Irwin
4.8 Average rating
25 Reviews
517 Students
4 Courses
Professor of Fashion Design

I'm a fashion design educator with 7+ years teaching college aged students at a renowned art and design college.

The highlight of my career thus far is the publication of a textbook authored and illustrated by me called, Surface Design for Fabric and published by Bloomsbury Publications. It has been well received and has even become a part of the required curriculum in some of the top fashion design programs throughout the United States and England.

I began sewing as a little girl under the guidance of my grandmother, first learning quilting techniques eventually graduating to making clothes for my dolls and Barbies and then for myself and my friends. I believe that it is never too soon or too late a new skill.