I’m sewing my way through the book Zakka Style by Rashida Coleman-Hale. This week’s project is a small sewing kit with pincushion. This is a quick and easy project to make up and I used several stamps to personalize mine.
I would like to do more stamping but have had trouble finding the right supplies for fabric. I would love to know what other sewers have had success with. In particular I would like to know which products give a detailed imprint and are also permanent and washable. I’ve been using clear stamps mounted on an acrylic block. These stamps are fairly shallow. A rubber stamp would probably be easier to use, but I love the variety of these clear stamps.
The large owls on the pockets of my sewing kit were done using a liquid acrylic called NEO OPAQUE by Jacguard that I bought at my local art supplies store. I bought a glass artist’s palette to pour a bit of the ink on to and then a brayer to smooth it out. I tried both touching the stamp to the ink and also using the brayer to ink the stamp. Both ways worked “just okay” – especially on the textured fabric that I’m using.
After doing a bit of research on the web, I ordered some different products made by VersaCraft. I bought an ink pad (which is smaller than I thought it would be when I mail ordered it – don’t you hate that?), some ink to reink the pad, and a dual tipped marker. I used these to stamp my name on the kit and the small owl on the pincushion. I was glad that I had bought the marker because I was able (with the small tip) to darken the areas that needed it – and they did need it.
I did heat set all of the images I stamped, but since this project will probably never be washed, I don’t really know if it is permanent.
What products do YOU recommend?