Sunday, June 24, 2012

A custom project in progress

 This weekend I have been working on a custom project.  It can be stressful doing a custom print,  one little slip up and its back to square one.  Especially when working with a vintage item, its not as easy to pick up another blanket.  For every four blue and white checked blankets I acquire, only one of them will be suitable for printing as a whole blanket.  This time the printing stage has gone well, fingers crossed the ink curing stage goes well too.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Finished Print

Here it is the finished print, all the way from a doodle to an amazing block and a beautiful print.  I am really please with the results.  I have printed on an organic cotton duck, quite a heavy weight.  I would like suggestions as to what I could use it for, what do you think?

Friday, June 15, 2012

Bad Habit or Good Habit

 I have to put my hands up to a small habit of mine, that some people find niggling. Yes, I am a doodler.  I doodle when I am on the phone, waiting in queues, well really just anywhere at all.  I used to get in trouble at school for doodling.  For me its a way of concentrating, if I am doodling I am listening.  If I am not doodling my brain will have wandered off somewhere else.  The doodle above was done in a meeting at work.  I asked Peter if he would make a wooden printing block for me, and two weeks later here it is.
 Below is the first test print before the final tidy up.  Its just how I imagined it would be, can't wait to try printing with it tomorrow.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

A brief look beind the scenes

I thought you might like to see what we get up to behind the scenes.
Peter carving a new block
Piles of organic fabric waiting to be printed

Some well used blocks ready to be used again

The mess I make when mixing my printing colours

Nicola printing

Printing butterflies on a vintage blanket
Printing hanging up to dry, the house is usually full of drying fabrics on printing days.
I have left out me standing ironing, fixing the prints, for hours and hours, I am sure you all know what that looks like. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

More Number Cushions

 I have been working on the sets of vintage wool blanket number cushions this weekend.  I originally did them as house number cushions, but Peter pointed out that they would work well for birthdays and anniversaries too.  They are available in my Felt shop now.