Inspired by Block Print
April 21, 2014
I’ve been crushing on the look of block print textiles in the home for awhile, I love the repetition found in these global patterns, and as summertime approaches breezy colorful cotton fabrics are welcome! I tried my own block print inspired stamped tea towels two years ago and it continues to be one this blog’s most popular DIYs to date (I used large rubber stamps instead of blocks but the method was similar.)
Block printing dates back thousands of years to China, India, and Japan. Patterns can be simple or ornate, the technique involves the application of ink to paper or fabric via hand carved block print stamps made of wood, rubber, or linoleum. This article shares the detailed process of creating authentic block print fabric.
Browsing through catalogs, you’ll find several major brands that are offering their versions of the look too, from bedding to table linens.
John Robshaw’s brand of textiles feature predominantly block printed fabrics inspired from his travels through India but these beautiful prints are sold at a higher price point.
Saffron Marigold offers authentic block print textiles that are beautiful and affordable.
If you want to try your hand at DIY block printing, you can invest in a block print carving kit, or search around online for many of the premade block print stamps from Etsy vendors. Grab an inexpensive cotton window panel, some fabric medium, and craft paint to create a fabric version, or apply stamps with craft paint to cardstock for unique stationery.
I’ve been so smitten with the repetition in these motifs I came up with a block print inspired pattern of my own for the summer collection, it will be available soon in my Spoonflower shop in the three softer colorways and the seven brighter versions below.
This print is really lovely as a tablecloth, napkins, or window treatment, I can’t wait to share the other patterns with you next month – I’m working hard to finish them all before May!
Are you a fan of textiles with block print motifs?