I love hand printed fabric. I often buy plain fabric to challenge myself finding ways to decorate it and give it some sparkle. I find stenciling fabrics an easy and fun way to beautify fabric. There are many ways to go about it. Here I did the most basic way of creating a stencil.
I used what I had around the house, paper, a craft knife, some textile paint and a piece of foam. I drew a design on paper, cut the stencil out with the craft knife and dabbed textile paint through it with a piece of foam. I then used a fabric paint pen to add a bit more colour.
There is something special about hand stitching clothes. First of all there is no noise, no rattling of a sewing machine. Then there is the slowness of it, what is the hurry anyway. Also I can sit outside in the sunshine while stitching and hear the birds sing or watch my children play.
Why do boys’ clothes have to be so boring? My 5-year-old loves colours and so do other boys, I’m sure, yet the clothes available for them are often so dull.
This t-shirt I made using the reverse appliqué technique. I first stenciled a design onto the fabric, sewed around each shape with embroidery thread and then cut the shapes out to show the fabric underneath.
I made this tunic for my daughter out of handwoven silk from India. Silk is my absolute favourite fabric, I buy peace silk, so-called because no silkworms are harmed or killed in the production process.
You can find peace silk fabrics at FabricTreasury an Etsy shop, located in India. The pattern I used for the tunic is from ottobre magazine 2/04, I made a few changes though.