Carol asked me about printing on fabric, so I thought this would be the place to answer. Many years ago Threads had a reader say in a letter that she did it-before color printers in the home. I tried it and was lucky. Now I know some of the things you need to be careful about.
Several companies produce fabrics that are ready for the printer and are available at some fabric, quilt, and craft stores. They come pretreated to make them accept and keep the ink from the inkjet printer. They are also backed by a paper that is peeled off later. You can buy several kinds of cotton and silk and even sheers. If you do a lot of printing on fabric, you can treat your own fabric with Bubble Jet Set or Inkaid to save on costs. I just use the pretreated fabrics for convience. If you treat your own, iron them on freezer paper for going through the printer. Be sure they are cut to the correct size and have no threads loose to catch or wrap around printer parts.
Check to make sure you load the printer in the correct way, so it prints on the fabric not the paper. I've made all the mistakes, but hey that's how you learn. Just load one sheet at a time and stay with the printer while it works. I use the regular ink setting, but some like to use the best setting. Each company has it's own directions for treating the fabric after it's printed and the ink is dry, either by heat setting with the iron or rinsing. Read the directions. I do both in case. The paper is removed before rinsing, but be careful not to distort the fabric. Sorry but I don't have a lazer printer, so I don't know how to print using it.
Here's the next set of manipulations of the amarylis. I crop a section near the center. Then arrange 4 of them, rotating and flipping the sections to get two designs.I'm not sure which is my favorite. Any opinions?
Now you've gotten what my kids used to call the full lecture. "Can't you just give a simple answer Mom?" Evidentally not.