Friday, September 15, 2006

Nosferatu Zippered Pouch

Nosferatu Pouch
Originally uploaded by shefightslikeagirl.
This is another item I presented for sale at the Detroit Urban Craft Fair, August 2006. The front side features a frame from the original (and fabulous) "Nosferatu" and a quote from one of the title cards: "Shall we stay up together for a little while? It's a long time to go till sunrise..." This was printed with my Epson injket on white muslin. The back side is two-layered with a skull lace overlay, and the whole thing is lined, oh-so-spookily, with the same red rose fabric. It closes with a red polyester zipper.

I was turned down to be a vendor.


  1. Okay, I'm probably just a little dense, but how do you print with your inket printer on fabric?

    Is it special fabric, or do you do some kind of treatment on regular fabric?


  2. Neither. It's special ink -- Epson DuraBrite. There are also treatments for fabric to make regular inkjet ink water-resistant, but I've never used it. The Epson ink is pretty amazing -- I've put printed pieces through the wash. Wouldn't recommend doing regularly probably, but it can survive it. I made the Bride of Frankenstein bag a year ago, and near as I can recall, it looks the same today as it did the day I made it.

  3. See, that's what I get for not asking exactly the question I wanted answered...

    How do you actually manage to feed fabric through the printer without damaging it? I'd be worried that the fabric wouldn't have enough stiffness to feed properly...

  4. Ohhhhh... Yep, different question entirely! I spray-mount the ironed and trimmed fabric to a letter-sized sheet of card stock. (There's a spray adhesive made specifically for sewing -- it's temporary and needle-safe.) My inkjet (as most) is a fairly straight path, and I've never had fabric hang up in it, though if it's not perfectly flat, it'll gunk up. I'm also very careful to be sure there aren't any stray fibers loose around the edges.


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