First up is Umbrella Prints. Based in Australia, they screen print wonderful designs on hemp and cotton base cloths. I bought a trimmings pack with the intention of entering the Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition but ran out of time before the competition closing date. They're still hanging out on my design wall and I love looking at them and plotting what I might make.
|Umbrella Prints Trimmings Pack - Earth|
When I bought my trimmings pack I also splurged on a Floating World fat quarter set. The fabrics are seriously gorgeous and lovely to work with (if you look at my Winter Plus Quilt top, you can see that one of the prints has sneaked in at the top right corner).
|Floating World Fat Quarter Set|
Another person making wonderful hand printed fabrics in Australia is Leslie Keating of Maze and Vale. I managed to score some sample packs last time they were available and the fabrics are just delightful.
|Maze and Vale Sample Packs|
Now that I've had a little taste of the Maze and Vale fabrics, I think a larger purchase is in order. This gorgeous Flight print is high on my list.
|Flight in Dove Grey|
Karen from Blueberry Park in the UK has a variety of beautiful designs that she screen prints on a range of fabrics (mostly Kona cotton).
I recently asked Karen if she would be willing to do a custom order for me, involving printing her designs on this stunning Pretty Potent Solids bundle from Westwood Acres (the fabrics are FreeSpirit designer solids, which are my favourite solid fabrics). Karen has been absolutely fantastic to deal with and posted this picture of the bundle all printed up and ready to ship out to me (exciting!!!).
|Photo from Karen's blog|
While I love buying commercially printed fabric, I think there is something special about hand printed fabric. It's a little bit imperfect, which is part of what I think makes handmade things so charming. I also like feeling like I'm helping makers live their creative dream by supporting their businesses.
Finally, if fabric hand printed by someone else is outside your budget, consider printing fabric yourself. I thoroughly enjoyed the fabric printing I did at Handmade, and I've done a little bit more since. My stamped fabric is no masterpiece, but it's very satisfying nonetheless. Rubber stamp carving materials are not expensive, and you can always go down the potato carving route if you just want to use things you have to hand.
So - anyone else a fan of hand printed fabric? Do you have any other makers of hand printed fabric that you love and you'd recommend? I especially love buying local so if you know of anyone in New Zealand making cool hand printed fabrics, lemme know!
By the way, this is not a sponsored post. I bought all the fabrics myself and I don't have any special relationship with the fabric printers. I just genuinely think they are great and merit a recommendation.