Thursday, April 16, 2009

Screen Printed Fabric

I seem to be better at decorating fabric than figuring out what to do with it.

More screen prints. This time, I created a stencil (or is it a resist?) on the screen using Elmer’s gel, which I drew onto the screen right out of the bottle.


I used Setacolor fabric paints, and I was able to get quite a few prints out of the screen without the dried glue softening up; here are some of the cleaner ones:

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Now, what to do with them? I had been thinking we needed new placemats for the breakfast room table, but then I thought, why not a table runner? I drew the pattern out, then cut up some of my hand-dyed fabric and pieced it, along with the flower screen prints. Here’s the finished top:

Now I’m wondering whether this might be a little dark for the table, and I can’t decide if I should make a wall hanging out of it instead; it’s very tall and narrow (60”x24”), so I’m not even sure where I would hang it!


Cathy Mendola said...

It's beautiful! I love the idea of the table runner, although a wall hanging would be just as nice.
I don't think it's too dark, it's bright and cheerful!
Great work on the screenprinting.

TextileTraveler said...

Thank you, Cathy!