block PARTY

You need only a few in­ex­pen­sive art sup­plies to cre­ate block-printed fab­ric at home. Tex­tile de­signer Jen Hewett teaches us how.

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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.

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