Textiles

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SUKIE yardage

Today I am sharing my first DIY project for the home. It is my favorite and one of the easiest methods of surface design. It is so simple that even small children can contribute. Basically all you need are some textile paints, paintbrushes, freezer paper, an iron and any cotton or linen fabric that you desire to embellish. I will be printing kitchen towels, but pillowcases, sheets, shower curtains, etc. These are all doable as well. I hope you enjoy this simple DIY home project.

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Materials:
-cotton or linen fabric
-fabric/ textile paint
-paintbrush & container or recycled lid to mix paint in
-freezer paper
-iron
-xacto knife
-cutting mat
-pen or pencil
-printed image or shapes to trace

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Step 1: trace a simple image onto freezer paper.

Step 2: cut out traced shapes, remember to cut out details for negative space- image can be cut up like puzzle pieces and then used as different layers for more interest in the design

Step 3: iron down freezer paper cut outs (shiny film side down) into desired composition, making sure all nooks and crannies are flattened and adhered to fabric

Step 4: mix fabric paints to desired color, using a tiny bit of water to dilute

Step 5: paint on in any fashion, you can make stripes swirls, or just one flat color, be sure to place a piece of paper behind your fabric and stencil to keep colors from bleeding through, have fun with the paint

Step 6: let dry completely, then peel off freezer paper stencil, you may need to do some touching up around the edges

Step 7: use iron to heat set the fabric paint, insuring a permanent embellishment!

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SUKIE print & pattern

I also want to share with you all, my absolute favorite fabric and textile companies, one big and one small design studio. Both textile companies are England based, no surprise there. The U.K. offers some of the most incredible textiles and designers and if you ever get the chance to travel to London, the V&A has the most enchanting textile collection. I highly recommend you stop in for an afternoon visit.

Sukie is a small studio production textile and stationery company based out of Brighton, England. A few summers ago I had the greatest opportunity to work at the side of owners and designers, Julia and Darrell Gibbs while I was visiting England. My “internship” was only a week or so long, but I learned so much from the design duo, and I was forever inspired and encouraged by them to be an entrepreneur myself. Sukie produces the most fun prints on scarves/ hankies, dishtowels, pillows and just recently they have started selling yardage of printed fabric for the home! What an exciting addition to their collection!! All of their prints have the most beautiful and vibrant color combinations. Sukie also makes the most amazing hand-printed notebooks and journals. Every single one I have ever owned is of the most amazing quality and with a handmade feel and look to them. That’s what makes their product so special. In the past few years Sukie has also been producing paper goods for the greatest of U.S. publishers, Chronicle Books. This series of stationery is remarkably cute and fun. To purchase their products in the U.S. you can visit their website or you can email them to find your nearest retailer that offers their product. You can also find the Chronicle Book series on the Sukie site.

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Liberty prints

My other favorite for textiles is the classic, Liberty of London. For more than a century they have been producing the most gorgeous and versatile fabrics I have ever known. Nobody does a floral print like Liberty fabrics. The textile floor of the London department store was beautiful enough to make me cry when I visited, not to mention that every textile in the store was a dream to touch. The fine quality and the beautiful designs are just incredible. I love the traditional Liberty prints to use in really untraditional ways. Probably the best example of this is the Nike and Liberty collaborations that were originally released last year, pure magic if you ask me! It’s a dream of mine to cover my bike seat in a Liberty floral print and then I would line a bicycle basket with a mismatched print to hang on the front of my bike. How sweet would that be? It might even be too sweet to use.

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Nike & Liberty

grace

alix

they were from last year i think- i can’t find them for sale, but i would try ebay in the us and uk….

grace

alyssa ettinger

these are gorgeous! i have a stack of my father’s liberty ties–i snagged them after he passed away–and they’re with all my quilt fabric waiting for the perfect opportunity

haylie

The shoes are from last year, I know it was such a tease to post them! I was so sad to discover they didn’t come in my size. There are newer ones that were released this past winter/spring, and I think they were sold exclusively at opening ceremony. you could check there.

steph

i love those shoes so much, that once i couldn’t find them anywhere, i had wished i never saw them.

Sierra Dew

I love the DIY project! This is just how I create my handmade prints…although my stencils are really detailed. It helps to stretch the canvas over a tile with just some plastic clips from your closet :)

Crystalyn Kokorowski

i adore Liberty prints! My senior year of fashion school, I interned in the women’s buying office at Liberty and it truly inspired me to become a designer. 10 years later, I am finally allowing myself to dip into my precious Liberty stash, and incorporating them into the pleats on my handbag designs. . .but I still plan to keep most of the fabric for myself! :)

Sandi

I love a bit of Sukie. I have the iron on set that I’m planning to use to make tea towels. I also like liberty prints. Easy to find on Ebay UK if you’re looking.

Leslie

Wouldn’t it be fabulous if converse made chucks out of liberty prints? It’s so tempting to hoard Liberty. I am a little sad whenever I sell a yard. :)

kim

Susie Bubble (stylebubble.co.uk) got a pair of those Nike’s, she bought them earlier this year I think (in the UK), I’d love those too. There are no links for the Sukie website?

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