Monday, February 01, 2010

Letterpressing Fabric



Carrie's mom wanted us to try printing some fabric for future tea towels. She brought several samples of different fabrics up to the barn where we were printing.



And then she took them home and ran some scientific experiments on them.



These were all printed with our standard rubber based ink. And of course, we didn't have the motor going, we just hand cranked it. Still faster than inking by hand and printing!



The result: a lovely weathered look. I think the one with the iron first looks the brightest, but it all looks pretty cool! I think the best fabric was old tea towels and old sheets. We also tried corderoy and something else.

Now we'll have to think of a cool use for this fabric. Tea towels would be fun...anything else?

Thanks to Carrie's mom, Neda, for facilitating our experiment.

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Posted by Beth Snyder @ 7:41 AM

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I was actually thinking about you last night, had not seen a letterpres post + was wondering if it was too clod in the barn to print. I get asked a lot about printing on fabric + it always goes back to the ink.

Good work guys

Posted by Blogger Shona~ LALA dex press @ 10:24 AM #
 

Actually, I was wondering if it was too COLD (what the heck is clod?)

Posted by Blogger Shona~ LALA dex press @ 10:25 AM #
 

They look great, such a nice weathered and worn effect! How bout cushion covers maybe?

Posted by Blogger Louise @ 2:04 PM #
 

i think you should get a tattoo of it. you know, really show your support.

Posted by Anonymous WMMc @ 7:34 AM #
 

I should read you more often! You have a most enlightening blog--entertaining, great pics, and supercute ideas--and yes, I think I've laughed out loud a few times too. I'm envious of your letterpress!! It looks like so much fun. What about wall hangings on fabric? Then you wouldn't have to worry about people washing them. Tell Carrie hello as you print away!

Posted by Blogger Sarah @ 10:49 PM #
 

How about sewn onto baby onesies or something like that? :) It would be nice to see some appliqué that isn't an Amy Butler fabric...

Posted by Blogger freshie (and zero) @ 12:42 PM #
 
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