In addition to swooning over the quilts and soaking up knowledge during lectures at QuiltCon, I also had the chance to get my hands dirty in a textile printing workshop with Lotta Jansdotter.
Let me start by saying Lotta is super nice and down to earth and the workshop was fun. I had never done any textile printing, unless you count the onesies I decorated at my baby shower using paint from a tube. So this was a treat for me to try something new with an accomplished artist like Lotta.
Everyone in the class got a kit with some basic printing tools and supplies. If you are interested in picking up a kit of your own, you can find one here.
We started off with block printing. Lotta showed us how to draw a design on a block and then how to carve it out.
I had no idea what to design and started out with a leaf. I wasn’t too thrilled with how it turned out. After that first attempt, I loosened up a bit and tried a flower, which I liked much better.
After block printing, we moved on to stenciling. Here Lotta is showing us a skirt she printed using stencils. Cute, isn’t it?
Although Lotta showed us how to make our own stencils, I opted for a couple that she had in her stash – an “M” for my little girl’s name and an elephant. As you can see, I went a bit heavy on the ink and learned that a little ink goes a long way. I’m not sure what I will do with this little square, but am open to ideas. Anyone???
I was so focused on what I was doing that the three hours of the workshop flew by. Now that I’m back home, I’m already thinking about how to apply my new textile printing skills to future projects. Ahhh, the possibilities are endless!
What about you? Have you ever tried textile printing? What’s your favorite technique? How do you use it in your quilting or sewing?