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.