I forgot to add this to my previous post. Should I do anything else to my screenprinted fabric? Add more layers, more depth? More dyeing, discharging…. not sure. I’d have to be careful what colour I used if I did overdye anything. Any thoughts?

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5 Responses to Question….

  1. Karoda January 17, 2006 at 7:59 pm #

    The results are great but I would take some of the pieces and add more layers…rank them in order of pesonal appeal and the ones that do not hold the intense or greatest appeal, layer more.

  2. Heather January 17, 2006 at 8:02 pm #

    Hi Liz

    Well done on the fabric! It is very difficult to comment as it depends what you would like to use the fabric for. I assume you have washed it and all of the dried print paste has come out. If it hasn’t one idea is to soak in a bucket of very hot water and you will get some backstaining which will colour the background slightly. The other alternative is to cut the fabric into say 4 and leave one piece as it is now, then overdye the other pieces with weak dye in differing colours obviously taking into account what colours you will obtain. Obviously you will get completely different results with each and thinking about it you will probably get mud on some of the colours. Of course you only want a really weak dye just to stain the white areas really. The other alternative particulary with the large blocks of colour is to prepare another screen either with a stencil or the same method as before and overprint with clear printpaste. When I have done it I have used my screen up on just one metre x metre piece of cloth using clear print paste in the main. Apologies for the long post and you have inspired me to get my screens out again!

  3. Mary Manahan January 18, 2006 at 12:30 pm #


    Me, I wouldn’t do a thing…just cut them up and put them back together and see how they play off one another…maybe incorporate a Kaffe Fassett fabric or two. Just a thought…

  4. Frances January 18, 2006 at 5:19 pm #

    Liz, I feel I am missing something here why print with ‘clear’ print paste?

    it sounds an interesting process and I would suggest the same as Karoda, keep the ones you are happy with as they are and work on the others either with more screening or another method, remembering ofcourse that stitching will change them yet again,

  5. Anonymous January 20, 2006 at 1:37 pm #

    Liz, I find only now your blog, I have very much work to do for being at your time: reading, seing all the images, archives. I dye also, I quilt, I embroidery, but I am working outside like teacher and I have not time and I don’t do these activities like you!!But I like something in your blog: you explain and give the A to Z; please sorry for my language, I am passionnate by the textil activities…in french!
    Congratulations and thanks, thanks!!!!