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Glossary Definitions for Words beginning with "I"

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Ikat
A craft in which someone tie-dyes and weaves yarn to create a colorfully designed fabric.
Imberline
A Jacquard fabric with a wide stripe woven in the design.
Immersion Dyeing
Process of dyeing a fabric in which the fabric is submerged in a dye bath.
Inert
A material that will not react chemically with other elements.
Ink
Dense fluid used for writing, drawing and printing.
Ink Jet Printer Transfer Paper
This is very neat stuff - I've done it and it works great! Anyone with a computer and access to an ink jet printer should try this. You just put the paper into the printer and print. Then iron onto cotton or cotton/poly fabric. After that, it's washable and permanent. It's great fun and unlimited in what you can create. T-shirts and clothing are obvious, but try picture quilts, or team uniforms and sports stuff like caps, wherever silk screening is not practical. And check out the Puzzles! Comes with complete instructions. Easy and fun - try it!
Ink Jet Printer
An Ink Jet Printer if is one of many types of printers. It is important to make sure you have a Color Ink Jet Printer (not black and white) when using Ink Jet Printer Transfer Paper. A couple of printers that shouldn't be used with this paper are Laser and Dot Matrix.
Instant-Set
Paints and dyes that are instant-set only need to dry by the air or a heater. No heat setting or steaming required for instant-set.
Intarsia
Derived from the Italian word for "inlay", this flat knit fabric with geometric patterns of solid color identical on both sides.
Intensity
The level of brightness or darkness of a color. The less intense, the more subtle the color.
Interlock
A double-knit, plain-stitched stretchy fabric that looks the same on both sides. Used for home and apparel.
Intermediate Colors
Also called tertiary colors. Any color that includes a mixture of a primary and secondary color.
Iron-Fix
If you are using a cellulose fabric (cotton, linen, viscose rayon, jute) you can heat-set the paints with an iron. Iron the fabric on a hot setting (the setting for the fabric) from the backside for 3-5 minutes. You can also place a clean, dry cloth over the front of the fabric and iron it for 3-5 minutes. Do not use steam and keep the iron moving to prevent scorching.

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