Monday, April 8, 2013

Printing On Fabric Book Giveaway

The other day I got a book in the mail from Lark Crafts called PRINTING ON FABRIC by the textile print designer Jen Swearington to review.

After reading through this book that explains everything you would want to know about making your own screens and inks, I contacted Lark Crafts to see if they would offer up another copy for a giveaway here on Sew Country Chick and they agreed to!

 This is one book that I am going to USE and I know that if you are interested in learning about making your own printed projects, and hand printed yardage, you will want a copy of this book, too. It's like a complete course on everything you need to know about make your own stencils, silk screens, and the techniques you need to know about to print out your designs successfully.

Screen printing has gotten a lot more user friendly since my mom was in business back in the early 1980's!
The book is laid out in seven parts:
Part one is an intro that will expain to you the basics of screen printing:
 What to print, color basics, how to mix your inks, and the different surfaces with which you can make screen stencils.
Part two Teaches you how to set up your studio; 
how to tape a screen, making a t shirt insert, building a print board or table and how to pin fabric down properly.
  Part three explains how to make low tech prints:
how to make stencils from contact paper, freezer paper, acetate, drawing fluid, screen filler, paraffin wax and found objects. This is where I am going to start when I make my first screen.
  Part four explains how to make more detailed screens:
the type of screens that are exposed like a photograph. these were the types of screens my mom used to make. You have to learn how to use exposing chemicals and agents but surprising, it doesn't seem as complicated as I thought it would be.
Part five explains screen placement and pattern repeats.
You will need to know this if you want to make hand printed yardage in the future when you have got this screen printing thing down.
Part six goes beyond using only ink for screens; 
handling dyes, using thickened dyes and bleach, immersion dying, and steam setting.
Part seven shares instructions for fourteen projects you can make;
it includes templates that you can use to make  a bicycle tote, a ferris whell skirt, baby onesies, Ogee curtains and more.
 Sounds pretty interesting, doesn't it? If you would like to enter the giveaway fill out my Rafflecopter form below..
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31 comments:

  1. You know how much I love to draw and paint on fabric! I would make a silk screen of a tribal print. I've been wanting to create one for a while!

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  2. HELLO! A NEW SHOPPING TOTE AND MAYBE NEW PORCH PILLOWS TOO!
    THANKS!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  3. I love to make some mushroom cottage images!!!

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  4. My Zombie loving son tee shirts for him, wife, and daughter

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  5. I'd start with some geeky eyeglasses printed on t-shirts!

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  6. I have always wanted to buy Donna Dewberry's fabric painting book.. But it is out of stock in my country ! Hope I get lucky :) Thanks for the giveaway Justine..

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  7. this book looks awesome! would love to win :) i have so many ideas i'm not sure where i would start... something geometric, i think.
    -jess

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  8. Great giveaway! I have several drawings on my computer that are just waiting to be made into prints on fabric. I also have a few small cuts of vintage fabric with beautiful prints that I'd love to try to recreate.

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  9. I would make music notes, flowerr, a design... everything!

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  10. Flowers and fall images. The book looks fantastic and sounds very informative.

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  11. I would like to do a print of my dog.

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  12. I would love to do geometric patterns!

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  13. I would love to make an image of my grandchild.

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  14. I have had an idea to print my own fabric to coordinate with bedroom furnishings I have appliquéd for a sportsfan using the same but smaller images.

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  15. I really want to make a t-shirt with an epic image of Freddie Mercury. Really badly!

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  16. Oh this is so excellent. The possibilities are endless! I would love to print my doodles on my clothes bags pillows (everything) detailed ink looks so much better than some things embroidered. which is what I currently do, however sometimes it doesn't come across, especially if I want to do a picture my children have drawn up, (if embroidered it just looks sloppy and weird) this book is perfect for what I need!

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  17. Love it! I've always wanted to try this. My husband and I have an Asian theme screen from our wedding that I'd love to replicate onto pillows!

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  18. Possibilities for printing on new creations or repurosed would be vast. Great fun!

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  19. Something my daughter drew. :)

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  20. I have some loevely butterfly designs - it'd really like to print these onto fabric!

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  21. I love vintage images. I'd love to learn how to create screen prints from them.

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  22. I what to do a photo quilt and mix media fabric and paper art

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  23. I've been wanting to do an eye mask using a photo of the persons eyes--yeah, sounds crazy. The book looks like a keeper.

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  24. Something floral or birdie related.

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  25. Being brought up in the same era as you, I wondered what punk bands your mother made tee shirts for, and if I listened to them! Thanks for the giveaway! I've always wanted to learn to do this.

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  26. since I work with only upcycled fabrics this would be a great way to add some color to plain linens and such.

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  27. Great giveaway! Would def love to experiment with fabric painting

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