Several years ago, at the Jamestown conference, I had the opportunity to take a class on heat stamping patterns on fabric with Ninya Mikhalia of the Tudor Tailor. Her husband had made her the tools we were using in the class. It was great fun and I wanted to play with it more. When I got back home, I tried to find a way to make my own stamps, but I am not handy in the ways of metal and wood and it was never a project I made any significant progress on. And I am easily distracted by the Next. Interesting. Thing. so it fell by the wayside.
Recently, I was on the Tudor Tailor Etsy shop chasing one rabbit hole or another, and lo and behold, they are now selling sets of stamping tools! Sending thanks to the universe for having a good job (because they were not cheap), I bought a set and waited impatiently for the tools to arrive from the UK. They arrived this week and this weekend I got to play with them.
Try #2: cheap, slubby silk dupioni. Noticeable but definitely not as clear as the taffeta. I stamped left to right and there is a distinct softening of the edges between the first flower and the third.
But try #5 was the clear winner. Cotton Velveteen. Absolutely gorgeous result! My immediate thought was: "What can I make out of velveteen that needs stamping?!"