Carolynn Coleman



Printing Fabric With Leaves

Class Description:

In this class, you will learn how to print fabric using leaves and other plant material you collect.  Leaf printing is a great way to add plant imagery or just organic texture to a project. It is like doing leaf rubbings on fabric, only more delicate and detailed.This class is a great way to try an easy surface design technique.  You don't have to be a skilled artist to make beautiful fabric.  The plants do all the work for you!

This class will cover collecting plant material for printing, how to successfully print your fabric using a brayer and fabric paint, and what to do with that beautiful fabric.  After learning how to print your own fabric with leaves and other plants, you will be able to make unique fabric for sewing or print totes, table linens and more!

Class Project:

The project for this class is to print fabric using plant material you collect.  In this class, I will guide you through the process of leaf printing your fabric. Follow along and share your project:

  • Share of photo of the leaves you collect for printing. Did you go crazy and collect sticks, mushrooms or flowers too?  We want to see!
  • Share a photo of your process.  Did you pick some fun colors of paint? Are you finding some leaves and plants work better for you than others?  Let us know!
  • Share you finished product!  Did you print fabric or a tote?  Maybe some napkins or even a shirt?  It is always fun to see new ideas for using leaf printing.  What are you going to do with your finished project?  Leaf printing makes for great gifts! 

About Me:

I have been sewing for over 15 years and dyeing and printing my own fabric for the last 5.  I teach surface design workshops locally.  And on my blog the Black Walnut Stitch Studio, I share ideas for creative sewing and for making your own handmade fabric using paint, dye and printing.  Sign up for my monthly newsletter for tutorials, art quilting and other surface design ideas!

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Follow me on instagram: @carolynncoleman

If you have any questions along the way, let me know!  I want you to have a great experience making one of a kind fabric!


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