STAMPED TEA TOWELS MATERIALS
• Non-nylon tea towels
• Stamp designs (available at
• Transfer paper
• Carving blocks (We used Speedball Speedy Carve.)
• Ballpoint pen
• Carving tool (We used Speedball Linoleum Cutters.)
• Printing inks (We used Speedball Fabric Block Printing Inks.)
• Inking plate
• Rubber brayer
• Test fabric
• Baren press
• Disposable moist wipes
• Disappearing-ink fabric pen (optional)
Step 1 Wash and press tea towels. Print designs from BHG.com/Towels or use other designs. Since designs will stamp in reverse, print mirror images for words and letters.
Step 2 On a protected work surface, place transfer paper over stamp carving block and put your design on top. Using a ballpoint pen, trace design to transfer it to the block (A). For soft carving blocks, lift design and trace over transfer paper a second time for a better image. Remove transfer paper.
Step 3 Carve away sections of block around your design (B).
Step 4 Test your stamp. Put a small amount of ink on an inking plate or other surface and use a rubber brayer to transfer the ink to your stamp (C), then press the stamp on test fabric. Use a baren to press stamp down evenly (D), then lift the stamp from the test fabric. If the result isn’t quite right, wipe excess ink from the stamp with a wet wipe, and use the carving tool to improve the stamp.
Step 5 Before stamping on tea towel, plan your pattern carefully. Random placement is easiest. To repeat patterns, take time measuring and marking with a disappearing-ink fabric pen. After stamping towel, wash ink from tools promptly using moist wipes or warm soapy water. Let towels cure for a week before use.