Thursday 17 May 2012

handprinted: a fabric swap II


what do you think, folks? anyone up for some more handprinting swap fun??

::the gist::
you'll be sending one printed fat quarter to each of four assigned swap buddies and receiving four printed fat quarters from these same folk. whether you want to print one whole meter (yard) and chop it into quarters or you want to print four separate 50cm x 50cm (18inch x 20inch) pieces is up to you. designs must be your own and hand printed using whatever technique you want to play with. please print on natural fibers - cotton, linen, hemp or a blend of these - and be sure you use ink/paint designed for fabric. you will be sent your swap mates' preferred colours but, in the end, ink colours and design are entirely of your own choosing.

::sign up::
send the following information to
postal address:
preferred colours:

signups will be open until friday, june 1st. your swap group details will be sent to you by sunday, june 3rd and the deadline to send your fabric is monday, june 25th, giving you three whole weeks to play around with techniques. this swap is open to anyone, anywhere in the world, which means if you sign up, you have to be willing to ship fabric overseas (since we'll only be sending fat quarters, you should be able to sandwich your fabric between two pieces of card and send it in a C4 (8.5 x 11inch) envelope to keep postage costs down).
hand carved stamp tutorial
stencil and potato printing
foam stamping tutorial
lino stamping tutorial
homemade stamps turorial
stamp carving tutorial
contact paper printing tutorial
screen printing at home
screen printing tutorial
screen printing using drawing fluid
screen printing photo emulsion tutorial
my create your own screen tutorial

my handprinted board on pinterest
handprinted: fabric group on flickr
printing by hand group on flickr

there are a ton of books on every kind of fabric printing you can imagine but one i can recommend wholeheartedly is lena corwin's Printing by Hand: A Modern Guide to Printing with Handmade Stamps, Stencils, and Silk Screensi'll be posting about tutorials, techniques and hopefully a few inspirational interviews over the course of the swap to keep you motivated but please feel free to add links to any other resources in the comments, there is so much great information out there! once the mailing deadline has past, i'll be posting ideas of what to make with your fancy handprinted fat quarters : )

here's a little sidebar button if you want to show off that you are taking part:

and please feel free to use the large image above to blog about the swap, the more the merrier!

::sign ups are now officially closed and all groups are full!! looking forward to sharing what comes out of the swap in the coming weeks, thanks everyone for joining in::


  1. This was such good inspiration last time I must make time to join again this time. Thanks Leslie.

  2. Anonymous1:41 pm

    do you have to have a blog/website? i don't, but would love to play.

  3. you don't have to have a blog or website to participate! everyone is welcome :)

  4. I love this swap, I would love to join but I just moved and don't know where anything is. I do love the list of tutorials on how to make your own stamps. I will be using those once I can find...anything.

  5. I'm so tempted, and very new to this printing world having recently been on a workshop with Lu Summers, will try and sort some essentials out before signing up!

  6. What a great idea! I'm signing up!

  7. I'm so excited about this! I signed up yesterday... at least, I hope I did! :}

  8. I sent you en e-mail! I am working on my design... so EXCITED!

  9. I signed up, can't wait to get going on this!

  10. Rats! only just found your swap. What a great, fun idea. Will have to keep my eyes peeled for the next one, as I would really have enjoyed this. Keri

  11. oh, that filled up quickly!!! I was hoping to join time. Hope you're all well. x

  12. oh, that's embarrassing...just realised this isn't a recent post! oh dear...i do need sleep!

  13. lots of fun; but alas I'm too year I'm in!

  14. Anonymous12:01 pm

    Fabric like hard weaved ones have been increasing in usage for many fashion shows. They call them pull up banner that have patterns and embroidery. I find them exquisite.

  15. Hand-printed fabric material can be a good seat cover for my car. Can anyone has an idea on how I should start it? Thanks!


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