Ok, I finally resolved my problems with the napkins I was making. Well… I haven’t totally resolved some of the issues, but… these 2 napkins will just be on display, not for use… will not have to be washed… so they will be fine. 😉 The next batch of napkins I make for my own use, will be tested thoroughly. I’ll wash them multiple times, iron, etc. to see how they hold up. Marc will also test drive a few to see how they endure. I am hoping they will hold up to repeated washings, because I just love this idea and am going to try to market them in the near future.
Here are the two I am using for the Newport Art Museum event Marc and I are participating in:
Too cute, huh???! This is a photo of Marc as a young boy. The photo was done by scanning the picture and then printing out on T-Shirt Transfer paper on my printer. The image is then ironed onto the fabric. I glued on the trim around the photo and stenciled all other design elements with fabric paint. The only part not washable at this point is the trim I glued on. Supposedly, the transfer is washable.
Here are both napkins. That’s me on the left, at about 7 yrs. old. I got some glue on my napkin and tried to wash it off late last night, but when I checked on it early this a.m., the glue was still there! I quickly stenciled another napkin and did a new picture for it. I was in rush to get out the door, so did not take a pic of the "clean" napkin. I gave both napkins to Marc today, because he was going back to Newport to finish the room. I’ll be sure to take pics on Friday at the opening.
This pic is blurry, but I wanted to show the opened napkin, so you can see that it is stenciled all around the edges. My friend Susan did the scanning for me and she had it come out in sepia tones, vs. black and white or color because she knew that was the look I was going for. These will eliminate the need for a placecard at the diner table and be lots of fun at parties and get togethers, don’t you think? I’m very excited about creating more, using different themes.