Indigo Block-Printed Linens
Block-printed linens are costly to buy but surprisingly simple to make. With little more than textile paint, muslin fabric, and woodblock stamps, a personalized setting is close at hand.
Photography: Johnny Miller
Source: Martha Stewart
- Paper towels
- Foam sheet (foam printing mat, $4, artisticartifacts.com)
- Prewashed muslin fabric ($5 a yd., bandjfabrics.com)
- Textile paint (transparent textile paints, in Colonial Gold, Indigo, and Blue, $3.25 for 2 oz., artisticartifacts.com)
- Paper plate
- Woodblock (wooden printing blocks, from $8 each, artisticartifacts.com)
- Iron and ironing board
Lay a paper towel on top of foam sheet (it will give a little when you print). Lay muslin on top; smooth out any wrinkles.
Pour some paint on plate. Dab sponge in paint; smooth evenly onto block. Practice pressing block onto a scrap piece of fabric, until you feel comfortable with the pressure you need to apply and the amount of paint you need to use.
Press block straight down and evenly onto fabric without wiggling or moving it, then lift straight up.
Add more paint; continue printing until fabric is covered with a pattern. (Don't worry about making it perfectly uniform.)
Let fabric dry completely, then iron other side to set. To clean blocks, scrub under running water with a brush.