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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Playing TAPs and Embroidery

Today I played with TAP
and here are some of the results...
For those of you who aren't familiar with TAP - it's Transfer Artist Paper (Iron-On image transfer sheets) by Lesley Riley.  This stuff is utterly phenomenal to work with.  The papers are 8.5 x 11" which is perfect for your printer.  Because it is not cheap, you are best to plan your sheet of transfers prior to printing them off to avoid wasting any of the TAP.  I decided on my layout and then lightly used a glue stick to adhere them to a regular piece of copy paper to hold them in place.  Then I simply printed directly onto the TAP.  The images are then iron-on-able (is that a word??) to pretty much any surface including wood, metal and glass.  I ordered mine directly from Lesley here.

In the picture I've tried ironing onto three old doilies (one is a hankie I think) - the image of the lilacs, the one in the upper left and the little girl.  The middle image on the top is on muslin and the lower left is onto a piece of a natural fabric (similar to linen).  I also ironed some onto the watercolour paper I'm using for my journal class.  

Speaking of my journal class - here is another of my pages.  I really like this one!  Sorry about the paper clip - forgot to remove it!


  1. beautiful page, i'm enjoying seeing the one that you can share with us...lucky the paper clip is a matching colour...k.

  2. How do you like the transfer paper compared to the regular iron-on sheets that have been on the market? Are these lighter in density on the fabric when done?
    I know some tranfer mediums I have used get kind of stiff, some don't, and some are just plainly a nightmare......


  3. well thankyou very much!! I really appreciate it. Can't believe you would help out a moaner such as me!

  4. get the shovel!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Love your TAP transfers MA and the new page is fantastic.

  6. Interesting blog MA. I haven't used TAP. Thought about it..but laid down until the feeling went away.

  7. The TAP transfers are great MA! Now do you have any idea how you're going to use them? I can certainly see crazy quilting applications! Now, I wonder what I did with that unopened package of TAP that I purchased a year or so ago?

  8. BTW, I love the new page! It's going to be interesting to watch how your journal unfolds.

  9. oh, thanks for telling me about TAP. Unfortunately, I went shopping yesterday, and now I'm all tapped out. (sorry, couldn't pass up the pun!) I'm checking out your source for later.
    I've been following Karen for a while, and absolutely drool over her embroideries!

  10. It's clear to see you are having LOTS of fun with the TAP.
    I am crazy about it too and have just been ironing transfers onto parts of an old white nightshirt/gown ... nice thin cotton after years gone by ... I held on to not knowing 'why' ... so glad I did ;)

    Love your journal pages Ms Magpie :)
    Kiwi Carole certainly is spreading the fun of creating with her fabulous classes!

  11. Looks like you are certainly having loads of fun :)))

  12. Wow this is amazing...I have never heard of this before. You my friend are super talented!


  13. Gorgeous stuff Mary Anne. Iron on able? I love it! It's a word in my book. Of course, I have my own vocabulary which includes words like "shabbify" and "glitterize". LOL!!!!

    Thank you for mentioning my articles on depression. I hope they help some one out there. We don't have to suffer in silence.

  14. Anonymous4:10 PM

    I love the image transfers. what beautiful work i adore the lacey vintage look
    hugs June xx

  15. I have ordered some last week from an online shop in BC, so hard to find anything in Ontario isn't it? I can't wait to try this out, your work looks beautiful :)


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