Handmade, Sewing

Handprinted Linen

6th January 2020
Handprinted Fabric Made into Zipper Poich

I really love to make gifts for our nearest and dearest (although I am far from making all of our Christmas gifts).  Even though I like to make each gift as unique as possible but I do love working towards a theme some years. 

I had great success with this a couple of years ago when I dyed fabric with indigo and then made into a range of different gifts.  This year I decided to try something new and went hunting for ideas.

On a Pinterest search I came across the idea of printing leaves onto fabric.  So in the early Autumn I foraged in the garden and used screen printing ink to print the leaves onto beautiful Robert Kaufman Essex Linen. 

I used Hunt the Moon screen printing inks and applied the ink with block printing rollers which I already had in my crafty stash.  I couldn’t quite find the colour I wanted so I mixed my own from a couple of basic inks that I ordered.

This was a messy process but I really enjoyed it and was so pleased with the results.  I printed around three meters of fabric in total which I had pre-cut into project sized pieces to make it manageable. 

After the ink had dried for 24 hours I then set it using my iron.  This makes the pieces washable.  This process was very straight forward and I simply protected the fabric with some parchment paper to ensure I didn’t burn anything. 

Once the fabric was finished I made some napkins, a cushion and some zipper pouches.  I am so pleased with the final results and hope the recipients liked them too.  I would highly recommend trying this out if you fancy a new challenge and like to bring some nature into your home. 

Handprinted Fabric Made into Cushion

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