to celebrate the publication of my new book


Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.

This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.

The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Fabric Printing Retreat - Wrap Up Part Two

On the second day of the retreat, we learned about block printing. Each student focused on a motif they liked. I demoed how to do a block print - how I design and then carve the rubbery pink pads I prefer with simple linocutting tools. 

Then it was up to the students to think about their design and carve their own printing tool. It's a bit tricky because you have to think about negative space and how the stamp is going to print. They did a great job.  What intense concentration. 

These are Margaret's sunflower and graphic designs.

Here are some of her prints on different colors of fabric. 

These are the stamps that Tamson made and took home. She also printed a whole pile of paper to make into cards.

Tamson decided that she liked the simple circle stamp the best and made a set of napkins and a table runner. 

Darcy has a fondness for dragonflies. Here is her block and resulting fabrics. 

In the afternoon I challenged her to add some handpainted color to the butterfly motif. Lovely, isn't it? 

In the afternoon, we all worked on two color printing and painting using both foam stamps, acrylic blocks and rubber block printing. Here is Margaret's project which I think turned out stunning. Can you tell she is a quilter? 

When she got home, she added some embroidery and took a photo to share with you all. 

Here's a photo of the crew on the end of Day Two. Heather is missing. By then, it was hot and humid and we were all exhausted. Good exhausted though. Another great weekend of creativity here at the farm.

Thank you to Tamson, Margaret, Darcy (who drove 412 miles!) and Heather. What a great group! 

1 comment:

T. Crockett said...

It looks like such fun. I'm going to have to keep an eye out for the next time you teach that class.