the weekend before last, i hosted a little fabric printing crafternoon. spending a few hours gathered around my kitchen table with three of my favorite crafty friends would have been loveliness enough, really, but we also ended up with some pretty fabulous fabrics out of the day as well.
after assessing the already existing stamps, we decided to go for something new and got out the carving tools. Abby worked on some custom abbydid stamps to use in making cardholders.
Julie had the great idea to have our girls draw on the carving blocks and translate their drawings into stamps. her daughter drew both a cat and a dog. Julie printed them onto strips of fabric with the idea that they could be be pieced into the hemlines of some new skirts.
my girls had fun with the drawings as well... K drew an entire garden scene on her block, complete with giant flower, grass, butterfly, sun, and girl.
and my favorite print of the day came from B's drawing of a person. i spent quite a bit of time carefully cutting out around it and the results are somewhere between a friendly monster and mr. peanut ;) not sure yet what i plan to do with this, but i'm sure it will be fab!
Cyndi carved a multi-petaled flower and then printed it in mustard and olive green. i love the movement of the outermost petals, and i'm thinking about printing some more of these with overlapping flowers.
lastly, i carved some stripes into a triangle and messed around with some patterns.
i think that if i was careful with the layout and could carve a few more triangles with interesting patterns, this could easily be the beginnings of a quilt top. sort of a cheater print, just one that requires a lot of effort ;)
what do you think? any suggestions for other patterns to carve into the triangles?