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Block Printed Tea Towels

So after my first block printing experiment with a hand carved rubber stamp, i decided to try a real project. I rather like how they turned out! I absolutely fell in love with this screenprinted teatowel, and decided to try and mimic the pattern. The first stamp pattern i showed you was done with a rubber stamp – and this one was done with lino. Let me say this -> lino = evil. I much much much prefer the rubber. so much easier to carve, and the lino was so hard that i ended up cutting my finger really badly and it took days to heal.

Anyway, the yellow one was my first attempt – and to be honest, i’m not really sold on it. I wish i’d filled the whole piece of fabric, and i tried to use gold in one section and it just ended up looking dirty. ick. Also… i forgot to iron them before taking photos and now it’s driving me nutso… oh the shame!!! But lets forget that, can we?

But i do think the white one was a win! I really love it. I’ll give you one guess as to where i got the colour inspiration from hehehe

I’m more than a little obsessed with these mugs from West Elm. I may or may not have bought a bunch in every colour, raved about them constantly and then when they went on sale bought even more. I am pathetic… but i do adore them, so i figure it’s okay, right? hehe

Back to the teatowels: To be honest, the printing is not at all as neat as i’d liked – but i think that’s just the nature of hand blocking. I think if i really wanted something super clean then screen printing would be a better option. Though Chris tells me the roughness makes them more artsy – hehe i think that’s the explanation i’ll go with :)

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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Claire Jain
11 years ago

Oh yay! I love both of those. And don’t be too hard on yourself about your West Elm mug addiction. I love everything they make. It’s a problem. Note to self, must win lottery ;-)

11 years ago

The photo of the tray with your towel and tea pot and cups is precious. What wonderful colors and I am loving your handiwork!

11 years ago

I agree with Chris!

11 years ago

Hey…this looks familiar! I love it!! It came out great. That Etsy shop actually ran out of the tea towels so I may be comissioning you to make me some :) hahah

11 years ago

Those look great! The white one is my favorite. I want to try this out someday…

11 years ago

These are beautiful, such a great project!


Elle Croft
11 years ago

Ooooh, they turned out awesome! So pretty – love the mugs too ;-)

11 years ago

i freaking love those! good job :)