Fabric Printing Workshops at Sidmouth Fabrics & Haberdashery, uk
Before moving to the Netherlands in August 2018, I ran several fabric printing workshops at Sidmouth Fabrics & Haberdashery in the UK. Julie Steeples, the owner of Sidmouth Fabrics, runs textile courses, teaches dressmaking and also runs a successful fabric shop.
I am actually heading back to the UK to give another workshop with Julie at Sidmouth Fabrics on the 1st June 2019. If you’d like to book a place go to http://sidmouthfabrics.com/sewing-workshops-classes-sidmouth-devon
A typical Fabric Workshop
The Fabric Printing Workshop starts gently with a coffee, whilst we explain the schedule for the day. The course participants are able to purchase some fabric of their choice from the shop and the lino, the cutting tools and the special fabric inks are ready to use.
The participants begin by creating a design that would be suitable to carve from their lino stamp. The design is then transferred with tracing paper onto the lino and the cutting out is begun.
Once the lino stamp is ready, the ink is rolled onto the lino stamp with a small roller and then the stamp is pressed onto the fabric. The ink only sits on the lino stamp where it has not been carved. All carved areas remain the colour of the fabric once printed!
Some course participants choose to make a random pattern, but others choose to use repetition in a more structured way. All colour and design choices are their own.
The ink takes about a week to cure. No ironing is needed with Speedball Fabric Inks and the fabric will be colour fast but using high temperatures when washing the fabric is not recommended. The course participants are then able to take their stamps and printed fabric with them. The fabric can be then made into lampshades, cushion covers, bags etc!
Ali’s Hand-printed Fabrics
I have added a few examples of my own fabric printing items. Below is a hand-printed table runner I made, depicting typical Dutch houses with a nod to Delft’s beautiful blue and white ceramic ware.
And a group of test pieces that I made recently.
This is a cushion I made from hand-printed fabric, which you can see being printed in the short video below.
So if you are interested in printing your own fabric, I hope this gives you some ideas or if you’d like to join us at Sidmouth Fabrics on June 1st 2019 please click on the link below for workshop details and how to book.