Block Printing on Knits

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Tonight I taught another session of block printing at Sew L.A.. It was a really lovely session with some fun folks. I was inspired by my friend Cory to carve and print these cute kitty cats. The photo’s lighting is off… the fabric is an olive grey and the cats are a soft pink (achieved by mixing copper and white ink). I decided to experiment with a 95% cotton / 5% spandex blend and am curious about how the ink will adhere after being washed. I plan to make this into a lovely summer tank top… so we shall see!

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Block Printing Class in April

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Every month or so, I teach Intro to Block Printing at Sew L.A. In this class, we carve potatoes as blocks and print onto fabric. I love being around other creative and crafty folks, and I often feel that I leave the class having learned just as much from the students as I hope they have learned. I’m also lucky enough to be able to play around with printing during these classes.

These two photos are my results after last week’s class. It’s really fun to play with ghosting (using the block multiple times after having inked only before the first application to the fabric). It creates some really beautiful texturing and layering effects. Yay!

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