I dipped my toe into screen printing recently, but went a little nutters taking pictures in the process. Weeding through them to write a blog post was too much for me to take. Things have quieted down now, so I would love to show you what I made if you can tolerate the over-abundance of photos.
Armed with an A3 screen, Karen's book and lots and lots of newsprint, I transformed my kitchen into a screen printing studio. I had dedicated space to lay the tote down, to place my paint and to lean the screen when it was not in use. What I had not accounted for was the abundance of printed totes that had to dry somewhere!
Our clothes drying racks and quilt display racks from the shop came in handy! I quickly took over the front hall as well.
With so much new stuff in weird places to inspect, it was inevitable that miss Molly would also be painted in the process.
I needed 15 bags, so I printed 20. The vast majority of them turned out reasonably well. They were stuffed full of shop fliers, Frixion pens, Aurifil threads and fat quarters from local shops supporting our Modern Irish Quilters retreat.
Not all of my screen printed totes were good enough to give out to our retreat members. There were paint smudges on the back, dribbles at the bottom...and on...and on. I decided that I would take one of those totes, cut out the sewing machine and make a new pretty tote for myself.
Using Avant Garden I made a 14x15 (-ish) inch tote with Clover Poppies on the exterior and for the handles...
...and Dot Seeds in Sky as the lining. These fabrics are so beautifully soft they are a pleasure to sew. A huge thanks to Eva who caught me assembling the interior-handles-exterior in the wrong order at our retreat. Without her, it would have been an absolute mess!
I forgot to cut the selvage off of the handles before sewing them into the lining. There's a little bit peeking out. I kind of like it there!
This little tote is already in use bringing your happy parcels from the house to the post office. Your orders are travelling in style, I can assure you.
It should be noted that Molly, my photographic assistant, was not paying any attention during our tote bag photo shoot. She was just pure messing.