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Project

Block-Printed Table Linens

Give your table linens a one-of-a-kind look by block-printing charming leaf and flower designs.

Materials

  • Leaf and flower template
  • Pencil
  • Mastercarve artist-carving blocks: one 4-by-6-inch for leaves, one 2 1/2-by-2 1/2-inch (or larger) for flower
  • Bone folder
  • Linoleum cutter with V- and U-shaped attachments in different sizes
  • Pebeo Setacolor transparent water-based fabric paint
  • Wide paintbrush
  • Solid linens for printing (pre-washed and ironed)
  • Iron

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Print leaf and flower template. Trace over designs with a pencil. Carefully place paper, pencil-marked side down, on a Mastercarve artist-carving block.

  2. Step 2

    Rub the wide edge of a bone folder over paper to transfer the pencil-marked designs to carving blocks.

  3. Step 3

    Use a linoleum cutter with the V-shape attachment to carve the outline of the designs. Switch to a U-shape attachment to carve out larger areas around the designs.

  4. Step 4

    Apply a thin layer of transparent water-based fabric paint to the leaf block with a wide brush. Print on fabric with block, re-inking as needed.

  5. Step 5

    Print dogwood flower as you did the leaves.

  6. Step 6

    Let the fabric dry for about 15 minutes, and then set paint with an iron according to paint manufacturer's instructions.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, April 2009

Reviews (3)

  • kimamorgan 10 Apr, 2010

    Dear Martha, I work for a retirement home in the assisted living activities wing and want to thank you for all your wonderful Craft and Cookie of the Day ideas. Your instructions are so well thought through and your pictures and templates are perfect. Thank you for making life better for our seniors.

  • kimamorgan 10 Apr, 2010

    Dear Martha, I work for a retirement home in the assisted living activities wing and want to thank you for all your wonderful Craft and Cookie of the Day ideas. Your instructions are so well thought through and your pictures and templates are perfect. Thank you for making life better for our seniors.

  • Bnboon 8 Apr, 2010

    Wonderful ! It is very nice Ilike it and I'm going to try it soon.

    Thanks alot Martha u and to your guest for this beautiful and useful lesson.