Monday, October 29, 2012

More Library Bags

My recent blog post here generated a custom order for some library bags. After some experimenting I was able to make them out of unbleached linen including linen straps - just a bit classier than the average calico tote.
I was also able to use my existing print stencils but needed to reposition them differently (from the usual tea towels) for printing on these items.
  The totes just need a good press now and then off they go to new homes!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Back to Baskets

I haven't made any for a while - so while it was a bit quieter over September/October I got to work

A couple of these are now in my Madeit and Etsy shops.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Table Runners - Success!

I've been wanting to try my hand at printing table runners for ages. Finally I plucked up the courage and here is the result of the first two goes - my beautiful grevillea in white and a newish design - the lemon scented tea tree in crimson.

These runners are 150x45cm in size and using my existing designs and screen size, that meant printing six times  per runner. Six opportunities for smudges, runs and general mistakes. I never could have done this two years (plus) ago when I first went back to screen printing. Then my mess up rate was sometimes 20%. Now I rarely have problems. I don't know why. I can't pin it down to any particular change in technique - except to check and double check everything before making each print. Having this routine and general experience I guess. But I'm glad I didn't try to do these back then.
This was also the opportunity to see how they looked as repeat prints. Very happy with both, but especially the tea tree. I might try some yardage with this one next.