First a confession......... Had a lovely trip to the NEC in Birmingham
last week to the Sewing For Pleasure and Hobbycraft show. Plenty of inspiration
and just a little bit of retail therapy. The odd thing might appear in my creations in
the next few weeks.
In the mean time...... fabric decoration. An excellent way to produce a design on
fabric is screen printing. I have always been put off in the past by the mess (not
a dirty hands person to be honest!) but then I saw a demonstration of printing
using screens produced by the Thermofax process. It is so controllable,
economical and easily done on the kitchen table. I love the possibilities for
drawing and printing my own designs.
It starts with a line drawing. Small infilled areas are ok but too much blocked out
does not really work well. This is then burned onto a mesh and hey presto.
Screen printing fabric ink is then squeegeed through the mesh onto the fabric
making a clean sharp printed image which, when dry and iron fixed can be
coloured in with fabric paint.
Silk is my favourite, closely followed by linen and cotton. I love to work with
natural fabrics. So here are some examples..........
And on a smaller scale, purses...........
These things can be addictive! Maybe it's time to start an ETSY shop?