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My first hand-printed fabric + give away!

On our trip to Berlin I bought some pretty cool souvenirs! This post is revealing the first one. Of course when you visit a trendy city like Berlin, you bring home some fabrics. What I didn’t expect to buy was an awesome book filled with tips and tricks to make your own hand-printed fabric. How exciting is that? I’ve been experimenting last week with some basic stamping methods and I must say that I find this new book intriguing.

I used one of the easiest techniques: stamping! Without even making my very own carved stamp. Just with a wooden block and some yarn, I made a basic stamp that gives this effect!

I choose a very easy & quick pattern from Elegance & Elephants to keep the skirt as simple as possible. To make it just a little more special, I added mint green straps. I’ve sewn these straps irregularly. Just like the print of the fabric. That’s what I love about this hand printed fabric. The fact that it’s just not perfect. You can tell that it’s handmade and that’s just fine.

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Now let’s go more in detail on how I printed this skirt! This is what you need:

  • textile paint (I used Setacolor opaque paint by Pébéo
  • a small wooden block
  • some yarn
  • a small piece of felt
  • something to stir like a plastic spoon
  • a small plastic container
  • salt
  • fabric
  • patience & a steady hand!
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Put some paint in your plastic container, add a pinch of salt. Stir. Place the felt on top. This way you’re ready to stamp! Don’t forget to test the result before starting to stamp on your final piece of fabric. Now stamp your fabric, turning your stamp each time 90°. Easy as that! With a good portion of patience you will have a unique fabric in no time! ;)

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Of course I didn’t invent this technique myself. This new book is just amazing. I hope I was allowed to share this technique with you? :) When I started searching for unique stamping methods on Pinterest, I found this one online as well…. You can see more creative techniques on my new Pinterest Stamp Board.

And for those that can’t get enough of this blogpost, I have a little extra surprise for you! Heidi from Elegance & Elephants is giving away one free copy of the Bubble Pocket top & Spin Skirt pattern. That’s right: a 2-in-1 pattern perfect for a (handprinted?) summer outfit. Thanks a lot Heidi!!

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Congratulations Shirley C. !! You’ve won the free pattern by E&E!!

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