You need only a few inexpensive art supplies to create block-printed fabric at home. Textile designer Jen Hewett teaches us how.
hy is block printing still popular after thousands of years? Because the beautiful results are so simple to get. The technique boils down to three steps: Carve a design into a wood, linoleum, or soft synthetic block. Coat it with ink. Press it onto fabric or paper. Once you learn the basics, you can print on pillowcases, tablecloths, curtains, note cards, or stationery. Jen Hewett guides us from making the initial sketch to first print on fabric in this excerpt from her new book,
Natural fibers like cotton and linen hold fabric screen printingink well.