When it comes to transferring a design to fabric, there are two methods to consider: stenciling and silk screening. Martha prefers silk screening, which allows the fabric to bear a design of greater intricacy and detail than could be achieved with a stencil. She used this process to decorate a set of living-room window shades.
There are a number of books offering techniques for transferring images to the sheet of silk used in the technique, but it's a complicated procedure, and there are businesses that will do the work for you, such as Standard Screen Supply in New York City.
Once you've chosen an image and transferred it to paper, you can either mail it, or scan and e-mail it, to the company, and you should receive a screen within a few days. For her project, Martha chose an intertwining leaf motif, inspired by Japanese woodcuts.