Block-Printed Table Linens
Give your table linens a one-of-a-kind look by block-printing charming leaf and flower designs.
The Martha Stewart Show, April 2009
- Print leaf and flower template. Trace over designs with a pencil. Carefully place paper, pencil-marked side down, on a Mastercarve artist-carving block.
- Rub the wide edge of a bone folder over paper to transfer the pencil-marked designs to carving blocks.
- 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.
- 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.
- Print dogwood flower as you did the leaves.
- Let the fabric dry for about 15 minutes, and then set paint with an iron according to paint manufacturer's instructions.
- Leaf and flower template
- 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)
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