Thursday 14 February 2013

Handprinted: a fabric swap III

Handprinted: a fabric swap III

Want to experiment with some fun new techniques and snag a meter of handprinted fabric for yourself? Read on!

::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 can read a post about fabric and paint/ink options here). 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 Thursday, February 28th. Your swap group details will be sent to you by Sunday, March 3rd and the deadline to send your fabric is Monday, March 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
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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 Screens.  I'll be posting about tutorials and techniques 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 for this round of swapping are now closed and all participants have been notified of their group details by email::


  1. Yaaay! I'm so excited.

  2. woot! so excited to sign up for the 3rd swap :)

  3. Yah! Yes please :) Kx

  4. Amazing - all signed up - I can't wait! Off to daydream about what I will print - and HOW I will print it!

  5. Yay! I just signed up! :D

  6. Yay - can't wait to join this time!

  7. Oh yes please, count me in!

  8. awesome!! I missed your last one and would love to participate. thanks!! Suz

  9. Interesting! I will be in too :)

    viv in nz

  10. I couldn't resist, i've signed right up, I'm about to make a low volume quilt, and I thought it might be fun to add in some hand printed fabrics, terrible timing as I move house on the 25th of March, but it's only a bit of packing isn't it??!! : )

  11. Hi, I am going to sign up as well. I have no blog and I hope that's no problem. I am going to stamp and paint on cotton or linen.
    This is very exciting - I've never taken part in such an adventure! Forgot to mention: I'm living an the other side of our beautiful planet!

  12. Welcome to the swap, everyone!! It's been so exciting to see the groups come together so far : ) Eva, no blog or website is no problem at all and anyone in the world can participate to it's all good, happy to have you!

  13. Anonymous7:34 am

    Fun idea! Glad you sponsored it so I could find you! Aloha from the Big Island!!

  14. This sounds like amazing fun!

  15. count me in! I just signed up and I know exactly what I'm going to do. Can't wait!

  16. I`m in, glad to participate.

  17. This sounds like serious fun! I have sent you an email, hope you received it?

  18. Yes, my first swap and something I have been so interested in. Yippie!

  19. I'm in - hope you got my email. Did some printing tonight for the first time in two years and it came out way better than I could have possible imagined. I can't wait! Thanks, Yasmine

  20. My friend sent me here. I'm excited to give this a try :)

  21. oh no, i just read about this in one of the blogs. i'm sad i missed the sign up deadline. do you do this every year? i would love to try it out next time.

  22. Thanks for this very useful info you have provided us. I will bookmark this for future reference and refer it to my friends. More power to your blog.

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