Tag Archive | screen printing

Getting My Sewjo Back

Today felt so good!

After I dropped my Sweet Pea off at school, it was time to dive head first into my fabric stash. It was a little overwhelming to be honest. I had a project in mind, but I wasn’t quite sure where to start.

I decided to start with some silk screening. I hadn’t screen printed anything since I was in school, so needless to say, I was a little rusty. So much so that I put the stencil inside the screen rather than underneath it. Round one was a miserable fail obviously. Then it all started come back to me. Round two was perfect! I will share my work someday soon. It’s a gift for somebody. I don’t know if they read my blog, but I do know that they will see my blog post on Facebook.

I had started another bag from a pair of jeans. I have put that one on hold because I’m not quite sure how I want to close it. Button, magnetic closure or just have it flap over. Decisions, decisions…

Then I decided I needed to have some fun. I dove into my stash and brought out some purple fabric. I believe this is going to be a tote bag. That is the initial intention, but it may change if the fabric asks to be something else. Whatever I end up doing, I already know I’m going to have a hard time parting with it because it’s purple!

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The making of a bag?

Tomorrow is a busy day. I’m doing my cleaning job and then I’m off to my spinning meeting. I’m so excited about that! I probably won’t get any sewing done, but such is life. I know I’ll be crocheting!

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Catching up – Textile Embellishment Parts 1 and 2

Well then… I thought I’d be able to catch up last week. Think again! Laura warned me that this week is going to be even crazier. It seems like since we got back from reading week, the workload has really increased. But hey, I was actually expecting it to be this intense a lot earlier in the program. So… bonus!

I didn’t do so hot on some of the pieces last week. I really did get left behind when it came to the design element. Truthfully, it could have been broken down a bit more for those who really have no previous artistic experience. Like what the hell is a focal point in art terms? Where does it go? That textbook that we’ve cracked twice would have REALLY helped if we were directed towards the right place to go. Laura finally did that. I kept telling her that I am struggling with the “art” part of things. So she remedied that 🙂 She showed me what to read in order to wrap my head around stuff. Then she challenged me to apply it to my projects. It was awesome! I really appreciate her taking the time. She is the kind of instructor that, if you ask her a question and show interest in the topic, she will do whatever she can to help that light click on.

So here is the yardage that I was speaking about a couple of weeks ago. This is designed to create awareness about emotional abuse:


The colorway (in other words, same print, different colours)


First free motion project


Second free motion project


More free motion fun… These are both coloured in with thread. Colouring with thread is way more fun than crayons! 😉


Little pieces of fabric cut up and placed on water soluble stabilizer. I added another layer of stabilizer, did some free motion sewing, washed the stabilizer away and got this…


Some “findings” under some tool with free motion sewing on top. This was a blast to do!

This week we are working on a 2D and 3D project. I am making a vest for mine. I won’t go into detail as of yet. I’m hoping the recipient will skip the next few entries about my project. I don’t think she reads my blog anyway. It’ll be my luck that she’ll start now! lol

I got one sock down. Five more to go! Hopefully the woman that ordered them still wants them… If not, Normy was eyeing them up lol

I will do my best to keep posting. It sure hasn’t been easy. I got thinking more and more about my blog and how to back it up. I think I’m ultimately going to make a scrapbook. I think that’s the easiest way 🙂

Emotional Abuse – How I’m Lashing Back

I think I mentioned that this week we’re doing embellishments. Part of the course is “printing a yardage.” In other words, we have to make a screen and print about a yard and a half of patterned fabric.

There was an event last week involving somebody that mentally, emotionally and financially abused me and is allowed to continue to do so since those forms of abuse aren’t considered a criminal act. I do my best to ignore it, but sometimes it’s hard. So instead of lashing back at this insecure loser directly, I’m using my energy to try create awareness about emotional abuse. Hopefully one day this will be recognized in the courts and something be done about it. That is what my yardage is going to be.

Here is what I have in the works:


The first draft of my screen design


The other ribbon. The black one will be solid purple. The other one will be purple where the black is


The layout for my screen

This project is due on Friday. I just have to shoot my screen tomorrow and I’m ready to roll. Hopefully I can get it done tomorrow. If not, then I have all day Friday. I don’t think it will take that long at all 🙂

Day 20 – Wrapping up loose ends

Today was the bursary application due date. Godspeed little applications! I sure could use the money!

This morning I wasn’t really in a screen printing frame of mind because I was sad about my little man having to go for the weekend. I did bounce back a bit with a little retail therapy…uh…school shopping. So I got back on the printing roll this afternoon. I even made myself a t-shirt, which I am still proudly wearing 😀

This is me, proudly modelling my creation:

I’m seriously contemplating buying some t-shirts, printing this screen and selling it. I already have one friend who wants one. I can see this going over well with the knitting community 😉

We didn’t do a whole lot of anything new today. Gunnel showed us how to reclaim our screens. That means removing the emulsion. It was crazy how quickly it dissolved!

This is Gunnel’s last day for a couple of weeks. She was an absolutely wonderful instructor and I can’t wait until she comes back! She has been quite an inspiration to me. When she told us how she got started, that really gave me hope that I can actually pull this thing off. Thank you Gunnel!

Day 19 – Photo Emulsion Screens

Today was really interesting! Finally, an area where I can show my sense of humor without having to draw!

We made screens today with photo emulsion. This burns an image in the screen and you can print with it indefinitely. The wonderful thing about it is that you can have finer lines. You can also use images that you create in programs such as Photoshop. The possibilities are endless! Here are a couple of drafts I did up:

This is the screen I ended up doing:

And this is the final result!:

I’m so excited about how this turned out! I’m still a little shocked that I was able to actually get something from my brain to a piece of fabric that turned out EXACTLY how I had it pictured! Yay me! 😀