Fabric Printing for Beginners

This is a two-colour introduction class to screen printing onto fabrics. If you’re a beginner, need a refresher class or want to hone your craft in from basic stencil printing, this class is for you.

In this day class we’ll learn to prepare artwork for print, put it onto a screen and print onto a variety of fabric surfaces*, all with the help of Bobbin and Ink’s Print Director, Laura Walsh.

*Note: If you’re looking to print posters, onto stickers or other hard surfaces please see our Paper Printing for Beginners class. If you’d like guidance in creating your artwork before printing, please see our Preparing Artwork for Print class.

Next Class Dates:    Sunday May 18th, 10am to 3pm

                                 Wednesday May 21st, 10am to 3pm

                                 Sunday June 8th, 10am to 3pm

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Duration: 10am to 3pm

Cost: $260 (Single Adult),  $240 (Student/Pensioner) or $230 (Best Buddies! Purchase more than one ticket for discount) Note, all supplies and a choice of complimentary shirt, tote bag, tea-towel or fabric piece are included in the price.

Teacher: Laura Walsh

Student capacity: 4

What you’ll learn: 

  • Differences between printing on different fabrics and items – eg  t-shirts vs. tote bags, tea-towels and placement pieces.
  • Selecting and mixing ink colours.
  • Guidelines for selecting screens and squeegees.
  • Coating and exposing screens for multicolour printing.
  • Printing on fabrics using various commercial and DIY techniques to use at home or at Print Club @ Bobbin & Ink.
  • Fabric curing methods.

What to Bring:

Send your complete two-colour design to info@bobbinandink.com one week before class starts.

On the day remember to bring clothes you won’t mind getting dirty, or an apron. We’ll be working with ink and chemicals on this day.

We’ll provide all the inks, screens and tools you need to print your choice of a complimentary t-shirt, tote bag, tea towel or placement fabric. If you’d like to take notes, bring a pen and some paper. Otherwise, relax and enjoy the class. If you’d like to bring your own fabrics to print on or you’d like to buy extra pieces, let us know before hand and we can order them in time for class.

Please wear closed in shoes and no loose jewellery should be worn.

For more info email info@bobbinandink.com.

2 thoughts on “Fabric Printing for Beginners

  1. I am wondering if I can screen print or fabric print on stretch material? I’m interested in putting a pattern/picture on a wrap around stretch dress. Would it work on stretch cotton or jersey? I suppose t-shirts are stretch fabric.

    • Hi Cathy. Yep there’s no problem with printing onto stretch. Just watch that the ribbing isn’t particularly deep, as you can sometimes find it hard to get the ink to penetrate the surface evenly. Maybe send us a picture of what you’re thinking of? info(@)bobbinandink.com is our direct email.

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