Fabric Printing Masterclass
Learn everything you need to know about fabric printing and creating beautiful textiles using hand-carved blocks.
- Learn from Amazon no.1 bestselling author of Learning Linocut and Beginner's Guide to Linocut
- Over 40 individual video tutorials showing you my exact printing processes
- Take a sneaky peek into my own sketchbooks full of block prints and designs
- Understand the exact tools and materials you need for easy fabric printing (FULL materials list and guide included)
- Have fun experimenting with designs and knowing where to source inspiration
- By the end of the course you will know exactly how to take your ideas and convert them into successful printed designs for fabric
- Learn how to print onto pre-made products such as bags and tea-towels
This detailed masterclass is an online programme that shows you exactly what you need to make fabric printing from home a fun, easy and enjoyable experience. I show you how to get started and guide you through the whole process step-by-step from finding inspiration, coming up with designs, to cutting the block and of course the final printing onto fabric.
The course shows LOADS of examples of my own work, includes some super-handy tips and will leave you feeling confident on what to do and where to go next.
This course is suitable for beginners or anyone looking to make beautiful hand-printed fabric.
On this page you will find full information on what is covered in the course plus example videos and images from the course itself.
Watch the video below for an introduction to this online course.
Understand exactly what inks I use on fabric and of course how to use them successfully to print beautiful fabric...
I’m currently doing this course and it is brilliant. I was just thinking last night how much content with in-depth knowledge there is… A MASSIVE AMOUNT! Susan has provided all that you could need to know so very clearly. If you want to learn hand printing THIS is the course to do!— Ness Power, September 2021.
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In Printmaking 101, a NEW monthly payment option (membership), you gain full access to all my online courses in printmaking including this masterclass in Fabric Printing. From specialist masterclasses to beginner courses - everything is here. You get to learn a multitude of techniques that you can study at your own pace including: monoprinting, collograph, linocut, woodcut, block printing, screenprinting, wood engraving and drypoint. This is a really affordable way to access EVERYTHING printmaking-related. Plus I also share monthly articles, videos and TIPS on printmaking topics - exclusively for Printmaking 101 members!
Therefore you can either choose to access this Fabric Printing Masterclass as a standalone online course or join the monthly subscription, and for £12.99 per month gain access to ALL my printmaking courses (including new ones as they are released).
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What does this masterclass cover?
This special fabric printing course is PACKED full of advice and practical demonstrations as I open up my home studio and show you my exact processes and techniques. The course is broken down into a number of sections that each explain a stage of the process. Each section is further broken down into lessons and videos (there are literally HOURS of videos), which you can work through in order and tick off as you go along. Plus there are a number of specific projects at the end for you to practice your skills and create beautiful finished items from your fabric.
With detailed explanations and over-head videos of me actually preparing, cutting and printing, this really is the perfect class for those wishing to get started with block printing and lino printing onto fabric
By the end of the course you will:
- Understand exactly what relief printing is (creating blocks to print with)
- Gain a thorough understanding of the tools and materials needed
- Know how to source ideas and inspiration for a project
- Know how to make a physical or digital mood board
- Know how to sketch rough ideas and then perfect those ideas into usable motifs
- Be competent in transferring a design onto a block
- Be skilled at cutting the block
- Understand exactly how to ink your blocks using fabric printing inks
- Know how to print by hand (no printing press required)
- Have created several pieces of hand-printed fabric
- Have a thorough understanding of repeating pattern structures and know how to create them
- Have completed several projects and you will have a finished tea-towel, a hand-printed bag, made your own apron, printed a t-shirt... and more!
Repeating patterns can be so confusing!!!
Well, that's certainly my experience anyway.
In this course I spend a whole module (the biggest module of the course for sure) studying the types of repeating pattern structure out there and ways that you can create them using your hand-carved blocks.
We look at standard repeat pattern structures such as a straight repeat, half-drop repeat and brick repeat. We also look at a tossed repeat and rotation as ways to place your blocks to make a pleasing pattern design.
But it doesn't stop there I also experiment with some square tiles and show you three separate ways to create a repeated design from a square block...
Oh and I include a handy BONUS - a number of tutorials introducing the concept of pattern, which is an extract from my Inspire creative membership.
We seriously get stuck into creating beautiful repeating patterns in this masterclass!
Here is me in my home studio working hard to print some fabric!
The course covers in detail how to find inspiration, make simple and rough sketches to use for carving and of course talks you through how to select a block and carve it out.
Table of Contents
Who is this course for?
This course is perfect for:
- Beginners to fabric printing looking to get started
- Anyone curious about making their own fabric for tea towels, bags, or clothes
- People who want detailed knowledge on creating repeating patterns using block printing
- People looking for a new art or craft that can easily be done from home in a small space
- Anyone wanting to see my own process as an artist as I open up my home studio and show you my methodology
- Those looking to gain an understanding of block printing using rubber blocks and lino onto fabric
- Anyone wanting to join a community of other printing enthusiasts as we have a special Facebook Group for all my relief printing courses
What is Block Printing?
Block printing is basically relief printing and involves using a rubber, wooden, lino or vinyl block as the printing plate that you cut into using metal gouges i.e. you are using a carved ‘block’ to print with. What the block is made of almost doesn’t matter - you can even use a potato!
There are many terms used for this type of printing and you will see things like ‘relief printing’, ‘ block printing’, ‘linocut’ and ‘woodcut’ used as terms interchangeably. In my mind relief printing and block printing are the same thing as they are a generic term for using a relief block to print with. Linocut and woodcut are more specific as they name the actual block being used. Linocut for example can only be done with the material called linoleum as the block!
With relief/block printing, the material that is removed does not print allowing the fabric or paper to show through. This makes it a negative mark-making technique (as in it’s a little back-to-front). For those people new to the process this can take a little practice to get used to.
A design is usually prepared in advance and transferred onto the block, either by drawing directly onto the surface with a pen or pencil or transferring using something like tracing paper. I will be using soft rubber blocks for the majority of this course as well as some lino but there are plenty of alternatives available to you. I will discuss this in more detail a little later in the course.
I love block printing onto fabric and think it is such a wonderful way to make your own unique fabrics. Then once you have have the fabric - there are so many things you can make out of it.
About me - Susan Yeates
My name is Susan Yeates and I am an artist, author, tutor and creative entrepreneur. I am passionate about linocut, block printing, sewing, creativity and inspiring others to make art.
I have written two books on linocutting including Amazon no. 1 bestsellers, Learning Linocut (2011) and Beginner’s Guide to Linocut (2019, Search Press) I also have a third book about printmaking – Learn to earn from Printmaking, which discusses ways to make a little money from your art.
I spend my time as an artist mainly sketching, drawing, painting and creating original prints. You will find my portfolio, sketchbook pages, blog and available products on my website www.susanyeates.co.uk.
You will also find my regular doodles and creative endeavours on both my Facebook Page and Instagram account. Do come on over and follow me there.
As well as creating my own drawings and prints I love educating and sharing my knowledge – I have a number of e-courses tutoring beginners to drawing, sketching and printmaking. These include Sketching for Fun, Build a Daily Sketching Habit and Mindful Drawing and Doodling for Beginners, Learning Linocut and my special masterclass Linocut Masterclass: Handprinted Greetings Cards.
I am also a busy mama to a 4-year old budding artist, a pottery cafe owner (Fired Frog Pottery Cafe in Woking) and reading addict.
In this fact-packed course I do aim to cover a LOT because I simply love sharing my knowledge on this subject and from the feedback I get on Instagram and Facebook about my own fabric printing. Printing onto fabric has been something people have been asking me about for the past few years... so I thought it is time to get cracking and make this course!
This whole course has been created and filmed from my home studio where I live in Surrey in the UK. It is a small compact space and as I welcome you into my home and my studio I hope you have a lot of fun and learn a lot about fabric printing and playing with carving blocks.
Instant access to course materials and videos
By enrolling on the course, you gain instant access to the online learning portal where you will find all of your course materials and guidance. This includes explanatory videos with me, demonstration videos, written instructions, plenty of images, tips and suggestions.
This online course can be enrolled on at any time of year.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I have access to the course?
Forever! Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need. So devour it all in one weekend or take things slow. It's your choice!
What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?
Well, I would be sad. But if you're really unhappy with the course, just email me within 14 days to get a full refund.
I still have a question, how can I contact you?
I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at email@example.com.
What tools and materials do I need for this course?
A full materials list will be included as part of this course as well as in depth discussion (with a video) on the specialist materials used in the course. After watching the video you will be able to make informed decisions on what to buy. Essentially though you will need smooth white paper for test printing, a block to carve, cutting tools, fabric to print on and inks as well as basic art materials such as pencils, pens and some tracing paper. The materials in the course are divided into essential and optional and will be listed in the course portal.