my creative space: crochet and screen print

I have finally got my creative mojo back... it's been a while! I had been plodding along for ages just doing bits and pieces here and there... not feeling particularly inspired! I was getting a little worried there for a bit, wondering if it was ever come back! YAY...It's back!

There is nothing like a little birthday to get one inspired! It was a little friends birthday last week, and I made a very cute little crochet super soft, fluffy bunny scarf! Our little friend LOVED it! I secretly want a grown up version for me! :)

bunny scarf
:: cute little bunny scarf - pom pom tail and fluffy ears

I also designed a new "flower bunch" screen printed top for our little birthday friend! I am so happy with how it turned out! I love making special things for our little friends... too much fun! :)

flower bunch top
:: flower bunch - screen printed

I thought I would share a bit of my process for the flower bunch screen print...
I do lots of doodles and scribbles to come up with ideas but mostly the ideas come to me in the middle of the night... does that happen to you too!!! In this case it was a middle of the night idea which also used the base design from my "bold flower" design which I created for handprinted: a fabric swap a while ago.

:: "bold flower" screen print for handprinted: a fabric swap

I then worked on the design in Adobe Illustrator, which can take a while... I love mucking around in Illustrator! Once I am happy with the design, I print it out in grey scale.

flower bunch - working in Adobe Illustrator

I place the grey scale printed image page on top of stencil paper and then cut through the two pieces of paper to create the stencils, a separate stencil for each colour in the design.

flower bunch - cut out stencils

Once I have my stencils... I set up the screen printing board and use masking tape secure the garments to it.  To make sure everything is goes where it is suppose to, I use the original cut out printed to line up all the colours and to register it.

flower bunch - line up  and register stencils

Then I mix up my fabric paints and screen print each colour.

flower bunch - screen print

I wanted to add a bit more texture to the flower dots of this screen print, so I used a stamp that I made and a  POSCA pen- slate grey which can be used on fabric (and many other surfaces).

flower bunch - stamp with POSCA pen

Once I have ironed the design to fix the fabric paint on to the garment it's all done! I love this new little design :)

It's quite a long process which can take a few days, which I love because I can do little bits here and there in my busy day :)

Hope you are having a great creative week!
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  1. Thanks for sharing your process--*very* interesting! And lovely result (as always!), too.

  2. I also loved seeing the process. Thanks for sharing that.

  3. I really love this! The flowers are just gorgeous but it's the stripes that make it all the more vivid as a design. Thanks so much for sharing your process too... I've been trying to work out which software would be best. Definitely leaning towards Illustrator now :) Kx

  4. Thanks so much for sharing your process with us. I learnt so much! The finished product is absolutely worth all those steps. Just fab! x

  5. I love the top and appreciate you sharing the process. I've never done anything like that before and often wondered how to. Thanks.

  6. Love the t-shirt. It looks great :)

  7. Really interesting to see the screen print coming together.

    How gorgeous is that scarf??? It's the cutest one I've EVER seen!!

  8. So great! I definitely like the added touch of the stamp in the center of the flowers.

  9. I really love to see your process on this! Especially how you make your pattern in illustrator. I had no idea! That is probably what makes the stencil so flawless... Of course the hand cutting looks pretty time consuming!

  10. OMG- I need an adult version of that bunny scarf!!! It is so adorably cute! The screen printed shirt is lovely as well, I love the little extra details you gave the flowers by using the pen and stamp. I just have to say, that is one lucky kid who received your hand made birthday presents! :)


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