I often say that I love every part of the quiltmaking process but the truth is I hate doing labels. Oh I can recite all the reasons that labels are good and desirable things but still I will sometimes dispatch quilts into the big wide world sans labels rather than confront the challenges of label creation.
I have messy handwriting, which deteriorates the more I use a computer keyboard, and pigma pens seem to scratch, blotch and blob in unexpected and unwelcome ways. My inkjet printer tends to choke, jam and smear ink when presented with fabric sheets. (I don’t want to buy a new printer as I have a wonderful colour laser printer for regular use and the inkjet printer is used only occasionally.) My sewing machine has limited embroidery, alphabet functionality and hand embroidery takes too long. What to do?
I haven’t tried it yet but making labels using iron on transfer sheets seems like an elegant solution. Sandra of Pepperberry & Co’s has a Tutorial for Iron On Labels for Your Crafty Products with the following steps including getting the most out of plain old Microsoft Word:
- create your label elements;
- merge your label elements;
- flip your label;
- multiply your label;and
- print & iron.
I’d love to hear how you label your textile works.