Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Printing my stash


Hello and happy new year! A new year feels like a chance to start a fresh. I do not want to make any resolutions because I never stick to them, but I do want to make more of my fabric stash. Fabric bans do not work for me, so I'm going to explore the idea of improving what I have by experimenting with print. If you have followed me for a while then you may already know that I love to play with printing at home. I want to continue doing that and also be more playful to push myself further. I am not sure exactly where this is going to take me, but I thought that I could share my experiments and perhaps inspire some of you to do the same. I have loads of ideas buzzing around, so am trying not to get ahead of myself, but the distraction should at least prevent me from looking at shiny new fabric....

I gently eased myself into the idea by carving a simple block with a repeating geometric design. For reference the block is this softcut. It is my first time using it and I like the smooth texture of the block and how easy it is to carve with no crumbling. I also road tested my recently purchased carving tools. I love that they come with a sharpening block.


I inked the block by rolling some screen printing ink on. It's quite a fluid and slippery ink which is why it's so patchy, but I want to try lots of different things. It created quite a lovely distressed print. My main aim is to make some of my fabric more usable and more attractive to me so I can actually sew them up into something I'm happy with. If you want to play along with me then that would be fab and don't worry about producing enough yardage for a garment. Even printing a fat quarter with which to make an accessory or something can be a great way to rejuvenate your scraps! This is not a formal challenge at all, just something fun to get the creative juices flowing for the new year! x

9 comments:

Caroline said...

Looks ace Marilla. The restricted colour palette of blues works really well here. Those carving tools look amazing no wonder you got inspired to get creative!

R said...

Ooh, I always find your printing so inspiring.

What sort of ink are you using here?

Ginny said...

You're endlessly inspiring Marilla!

Marilla Walker said...

Thanks Caroline, the tools are fun just to pack in and out of the box! ha ha x

Marilla Walker said...

Thanks R, I am using speedball screen printing ink! x

Marilla Walker said...

Thank you Ginny x

Louise said...

So clever and I would never have thought of using denim inside out

Marilla Walker said...

Thanks Louise. When you play with fabrics all sorts of opportunities present themselves. The print wouldn't have shown up so well on the right side, so I guess that was why I did it ;-) xxx

Aless said...

Well,I set up an appropriately titled Bookmark,meaning to get to printing 'some day', but YOU have inspired me!!! Now I'm b/mking your blog like mad!!

I also have to say that I found your pattern page on Etsy by great fortune today and will be ordering several PDFs(any chance of Maya,Isca,as well as shirt pattern add-on, being printed in hard copy soon?????) I am totally in love with these patterns!!! Your talent for clever seaming is outstanding!!!!!!!!