Transfer to Transform • Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn

Transfer paints are exciting to use. Printing techniques to build patterns and images are covered, together with methods for layering and cutting back on fabrics. Useful supplies are listed, too. 28 pages full color.



Transfer to Transform • Book 4 from Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn

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What are Transfer Paints?

Transfer paints are a liquid or crayon coloring medium which are applied to paper and then ironed off onto fabric to produce a colored image. They can be bought ready mixed into a liquid which may be watered down for more delicate colors although they then become more difficult to use for mono printing etc. It is usually possible to buy a colorless thickener to lighten the color whilst retaining a thick enough consistency for printing purposes. They are produced in powder form and called disperse dyes. These come in a range of colors and can be mixed to form even
In this book we aim to shatter some of the negative attitudes towards these underrated fabric paints by exploring strategies for developing color sensitivity as well as awareness of fabric and surface qualities which may be enriched by transfer coloring in any of its many forms.

This is the opportunity to use your ironing skills in a really creative way.

It is possible to layer, overprint and build up to rich and complex surfaces as well as create delicate and atmospheric imagery. Transfer printing can appear softly textured and subtly colored as well as bold and
vibrant. Unlike other methods it can be printed as a hard edged design or as ‘in and out’ of focus images along with tints, washes and an amazing array of decorative marks all without spoiling the surface feel of the

These unique characteristics can feature in your work or be used just as a
means of transferring the design in color to the fabric. With practice it is possible to achieve predictable results but there are times when some
wonderfully surprising effects, when combining images, can trigger good ideas for designs to be carried out in a range of techniques..

Book 4 by Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn

  • 28 pages full color illustrations
  • First published 1999 • Digital Edition 2023
  • ISBN No 0-9531750-3-0

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Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn • About the Authors

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Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn are internationally acclaimed textiles artists, authors and educators. For more than forty years the duo know as “Double Trouble Enterprises” has been challenging traditional notions of embroidery and stitch by working with soluble fabrics, mixed media, bonding, printing, embellishing and collage and extensive use of color development and journaling to great success. Founding members of the 62 Group of Textile Artists, featured instructors at Callaway Gardens School of Needle ArtsCity & Guilds (London), Fellows of the Society of Designer Craftsmen (UK)  and Presidents emeritus of the Embroiderers’ Guild (UK), Jan and Jean continue their work in inspiring stitch artists of all ages with print books, digital books, and a wide range of DVDs and streaming workshops.

Learn more about Jan and Jean in their interview with

Visit their Double Trouble Enterprises Website