Fabric Printing

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My mom loves wearing light scarves around her neck, so when I saw this yellow one (perfect for spring) I immediately snatched it up with Mother’s Day in mind. However, being that it is very unFeFe-like to buy a gift without decorating or repurposing it, I immediately started scheming about how to “better” the scarf.

Luckily for me, I have a lot of talented friends who are brimming with new ideas to try. A couple of days before I bought this scarf, one such friend held a fabric painting craftervention in Washington Square Park, which of course inspired this project. Later that week, she and I got together again and she kindly guided me through the fabric printing process — AND let me use all of her materials:

  1. A rubber square for making the stamp
  2. Carving tools
  3. Black screen printing ink and an ink roller–both by Speedball

Nothing says “spring” like flowers (I know, how literal), so I opted to cover the scarf with this design, sketched directly onto a rubber pad that would soon become a stamp.

This is the tool I used to carve around the flower with precision:

With the stamp ready, I simply poured a bit of the ink onto a paper plate, rolled it evenly onto the stamp (tested it to be sure it came out how I wanted it to look,) and began the process.

I wanted the flowers to be close to one another, but did not care about making sure the spacing was perfect (because it is a circle scarf).

Once completed, the ink can be washed, but must be sealed with heat, so I went over it with an iron after it had dried.

Now my mom has a one of a kind spring scarf!

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10 Responses to Fabric Printing

  1. liz says:

    so pretty! i still have to do mine!

  2. Shirl says:

    I love that scarf. That was a great DIY project

  3. priscilla says:

    FeFe that scarf is awesome!!!!!

  4. Wags says:

    looks really cool… i loved it!

  5. Gianna says:

    Oooo ahhh I want one of those!

  6. Maria says:

    Very cool idea! I’ll do it for my next present

  7. Joanne says:

    I want one with New York Yankee logos.

  8. Trixie says:

    I saw your mom wearing this a couple weeks ago and she looked even more fabulous than usual. Great job!

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