Tuesday, November 24, 2015


I've been so restless lately, wanting to try new things - things like block and screen printing, sewing with waxed canvas, as well as trying my hand at using leather in my pouch making. And, I have not been that successful, I must admit :(. I keep reminding myself learning new skills takes time, and patience, and practice, and letting myself fail, but all that is so much easier said than done.

So, today I decided to disregard all the many shapeless pouches and ruined fabric in the corner of my sewing room and concentrate on what is going quite well. 

♥ ♥ ♥   block printing   ♥ ♥ ♥

I enjoy the whole process a lot, and I absolutely love carving my own geometric stamps. I love that I don't need to be "artsy" or to know how to draw, yet I can still print my own design on fabric.

Actually, the design on the pillow above is not really mine, it's based on the one Krista shares in her fantastic new book Beyond Cotton. Have you seen it? It's such a great resource and my very favorite book at the moment.

I've been on a mission to replace older, way too colorful pillows in our family room with more "grown-up" ones for quite some time now, and this morning it was my very favorite granny square one's turn. Quite a change, isn't it?

Here's the back. I installed a zipper closure (tutorial here) and bound edges the way I would a quilt. Super easy and functional.

Do you remember this pillow I made a while back also using my printed fabric? I loved Margaret's idea of adding some stitching to the pillow so I decided to go for it.

What do you think? I quite like the way it looks.

Oh, I feel so much better now, thanks for listening. I might even give that pesky leather another try this afternoon :).



  1. I love the variety and crispness of your block printing and it's even better to see your prints being turned into projects.

  2. Thanks for sharing! What is the name of that beautiful backing fabric? I know I've seen it online a lot, and didn't really give it a second glance - but your combining it with that yellow piping really makes it pop! :)

  3. I love that one embroidered stamp. Your Block and screening printing is just amazing. It's very inspirational! Yes, that feeling of trying new things and struggling is very familiar. You are really an artist/artisan, the way you stretch your boundaries and bring you own style and aesthetic to new projects.

  4. My goodness, you are so creative!! I love your block printing fabric and your new pillows!

  5. It's always frustrating when new skills seem to resist being learned! Good for you for laying things aside for a while and doing something fun. :) Love your new pillows, the touch of red stitching is a nice touch.

  6. Will you share what supplies (specifically the ink) you are using and whether you have tried washing? Or a tutorial would be awesome too.

  7. I'm inspired!!! I'm going to give it ago!!!

  8. I think you have done a sensational job. I love all of your makes and have been inspired to add a stamp carving kit to my Christmas wish list!

  9. I'm on the same train here, trying new things, my fight is with natural dying, I'm so enjoying the process but it's true it requires a lot of practice. I love your stamping and the additional stitching adds contrast and I love it!!!! Keep going!

  10. Beautiful pillows! Love your geometric patterns very much.


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