Indian Block Printing: Lovely Linens to Luxurious Lampshades

109 TUTOR: Rachel Wilkinson

Relax and enjoy the experience of hand-printing fabric using a variety of beautiful contemporary and traditional wood block designs hand carved by local artisans from Jaipur in India. From Lovely Linens to Luxurious Lampshades, over the five sessions of the course you will learn the techniques to print beautiful fabric items that will be unique to you. There will be plenty of hand-printed fabric samples available to help provide inspiration and unleash your creativity! All materials are provided including all fabric items and a lampshade kit for the finale of the course. No experience necessary. Print. Relax. Repeat. Perfect.

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£325.00
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Course Notes

Day 1 (Half-Day) - An Introduction to Indian Block Printing

Day 1 of the course starts with a quick introduction and review of the overall course objectives. To kick-start the course, students will be given an overview of Indian Block Printing and its history, a look at the variety of contemporary and traditional wood blocks, the equipment used to hand-print fabric, types of fabric and paint, and the different styles of hand-printing. This will be followed by a demonstration showing the techniques and tips to ensuring a "clean” print on fabric and how to hand-print repeat patterns and different colours on single, two-part, and three-part wood block designs. For the rest of the first half-day session, students will have the opportunity to get hands on and get hand-printing! Students will be asked to choose wood blocks and paint colours to practice hand-printing on scrap cotton fabric. This activity will enable the students to get a feel for the wood blocks and to practice the hand-printing techniques in readiness for the activities coming up later in the course.

 

Day 2 (Half-Day) - Lovely Linens

We start Day 2 of the course with a quick overview of the session objectives followed by a demonstration. Today, the focus will be on the various design styles and hand-printing on smooth cotton fabric. This includes a demonstration of how to hand-print basic and repeat patterns, simple line designs, slightly more complex random patterns and border prints using the wood blocks. The students will enjoy the hands-on experience of hand-printing their own unique designs on smooth linens. For example, students will have the choice of printing their designs on 100% organic (Natural) or white cotton Tea Towels as well as four 100% cotton Napkins. This smooth 100% cotton fabric prints beautifully and is ideal for students new to hand-printing with wooden blocks. As part of this session, students will have the opportunity to practice hand-printing on scrap cotton fabric prior to printing designs on their chosen fabric items.This activity is recommended as preparation for the final print. Once students have completed their fabric prints and allowed them to dry for 10 mins, they will be heat-sealed with a very hot iron for 5 minutes before they can be taken home. This process is usually completed by the tutor before the end of the class.

 

Day 3 (Half-Day) - Beautiful Bunting & Bags

Day 3 of the course begins with a quick overview of the session objectives followed by a demonstration. Today, the focus will on the techniques for hand-printing designs on slightly textured fabric. For example, the students will enjoy the hands-on experience of printing their own unique designs on a choice of 100% organic (natural) tote bags, organic (natural) drawstring bags and an 8oz organic purse/make-up bag. Students will also be shown how to print on 100% cotton bunting and will have the opportunity to hand-print designs on bunting with 8-10 flags. Bunting is great for decorating your garden in the summer or to brighten up rooms in your house! As part of this session, students will have the opportunity to practice hand-printing on scrap cotton fabric prior to printing designs on their chosen fabric items. This activity is recommended as preparation for the final print.Once students have completed their fabric prints and allowed them to dry for 10 mins, they will be heat-sealed with a very hot iron for 5 minutes before they can be taken home. This process is usually completed by the tutor before the end of the class.

 

Day 4 (Half-Day) - Luxurious Lampshades Part 1

Day 4 of the course begins with a quick overview of the session objectives followed by a demonstration. Create your own professional lampshade using your very own hand-printed fabric. Day 4 and Day 5 is all about creating a beautiful lampshade for your home that can be used as a pendant (ceiling) lampshade or a table lamp. A lampshade kit will be provided for each student.This includes the plain 100% cotton fabric for their design, metal ring set, adhesive tape, sticky-backed PVC and finishing tool. Today, we will build on the student's newly gained experience of hand-printing and focus on the slightly different technique of hand-printing designs on fabric specifically to create a lampshade. Students will first fix the 100% cotton fabric onto the PVC lining for the lampshade and then hand-print their design directly onto the lampshade fabric (which is flat prior to the construction). Please note that the construction of the lampshade will be the main focus of Day 5 - Luxurious Lampshades Part 2. As part of this session, students will have the opportunity to practice hand-printing on scrap cotton fabric prior to printing designs on their chosen fabric items. This activity is recommended as preparation for the final print. Heat-sealing the fabric will not be required for the Lampshade.

 

Day 5 (Half-Day) - Luxurious Lampshades Part 2

Day 5 begins with a quick overview of the objectives for the session followed by a demonstration of how to construct the lampshade using the student's hand-printed fabric from Day 4. Today is the grand finale of the course! Using the lampshade kit provided in Day 4, students are shown how to construct their lampshade using their hand-printed fabric and the lampshade making equipment (which includes a metal ring set, adhesive tape and finishing tool). As this stage, students must decide if they would like to create a pendant (ceiling) lampshade or a table lamp as this will determine the placing of the metal ring set. Students should note that constructing the lampshade can be quite a fiddly operation, but it is fairly straight-forward, and the results are always extremely satisfying. The tutor will also be on hand to provide help if required by the student.

 

Course Conclusion

At the end of the course, students will have learned a new craft skill and produced a variety of lovely, hand-printed fabric items as well as conquered the art of constructing a hand-printed fabric lampshade! Print. Relax. Repeat. Perfect. Find your happy place with Happy Hāthī Craft.

Essential Equipment

All materials are provided, but we would please ask that students bring along an apron to protect their clothes as using paint can become messy!

 

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