Smith Owen Sewing & Quilting

Printing on Fabric- Become Your Own Fabric Designer



We will be printing with Thicken Dyes, using techniques that can be
used with paints and inks. These dyes won’t make your fabric brittle or stiff.
We 
will learn how to create layers of texture and color to make your own
wonderful fabric with the designs of your own choosing.
This fabric would be 
ideal for using in the Cartonnage class with Claudia.

We ask that you please sign up at least a week prior to class, as there is prep work to be 
done

Supplies:

1. Book: Playful Fabric Printing by Carol Soderlund and Melanie Testa. The book contains all of the recipes and information we will be covering in class.

2. Print board: A June Tailor Cut and Press board or self-made print board; use a piece of 
batting and sheet of plastic, duct taped taunt over insulation board. Please no large than 36” for during class, and you will need to transport it with work on it. Check my website/blog for more information making a print board: selcfabrics.com

3. Soda soaked fabric: mix ½ cup of soda ash (Arm & Hammer Washing Soda or pH 
increaser), ½ cup of salt into a gallon of water. Soak 2-3 yards of PFD fabric in the mixture for 10 minutes, wring out and hang dry. DO NOT put in dryer or iron! It is now flammable. When dry, either scrunch in a ball or roll to store. You will soak it, and dry it before class. It should be 100 percent cotton. I recommend Pimatex PFD or a Mercerized cotton print cloth. It can be already dyed. You can also print on t-shirts or scarves.

4. High-density foam roller-can be found in the paint aisle of a hardware store. 

5. Roll of plastic sheeting (can be shared), and a large plastic bag to bring work home in.

6. Roll of paper towel (can be shared) or rags.

7. Strong pins; we will be using them to stretch fabric. My favorite for this is t-pins.

8. An acrylic sheet or plastic lid big enough to roll the foam roller.

9. Bring if you have: Stencils, thermofax screens, silk screens, corrugated cardboard, rubbing plates, a wooden block, rubber bands, string, washers, or stamps (not detailed), old credit/gift card or hotel key or other form of scraper, paint brushes (foam or regular), sea sponges, bubble wraps.

10. Please wear “painting” clothes or bring an apron or smock.


Things that will be provided:
Thicken Dyes in a variety of colors and shades
Nitrile gloves
Stencils, thermofax screens, stamps, masking tape, freezer paper & plastic spoons.

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