Rubber Stamping To Make My Own Fabric

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I have always wanted to make my own fabric so wrote it into a course as a module for the women I work with. Which means actually learning how to do it!

  1. Design your rubber stamp. You can draw your design straight onto the rubber and then carve out the negative space around your lines.
  2. Carve out your design using lino cutting tools.
  3. Using a roller for a consistent cover, roll fabric paint or ink onto the rubber stamp and stamp your design onto fabric. The paint I used seeped into the fabric and then you had to heat set it with an iron to make it washable.
  4. And vuala! Beautiful fabric, ready to sew.

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Japanese Indigo

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Whether a mixture of blue on white printing, white stitching on idigo, blue stitching on white or Japanese Shibori tie-dye, I cannot help but love these bold designs. Timeless, sophisticated and graphic – I want to start sewing.

All images are from Pinterest, where I searched “Japanese” and “Indigo”.

My Newest Aquisition: 1950’s (?) Dress Mannequin

IMG_0549 (1)I found this old dress making model at The Mill Markets in Ballarat. I love scouring The Mill Markets around Victoria. There is one in Daylesford, Geelong and Ballarat but I am most often at the Ballarat store these days. I think the model is Circa. 1950’s because it is the same finish and colour as my mum’s old sewing machine. ReRetro, You may be able to help with dates of old things?IMG_0559 I dressed the mannequin up in a gorgeous deep maroon fifties style dress and some new scarf fabric I found at the above store. This shop is a veritable gold mine of haberdashery and extremely affordable fabrics. It is called Eliza Fabrics, in Sunshine. Kind of don’t want to share the exact location… Mean spirited, hey? Oh. Alright! Eliza Fabrics.IMG_0560 But you can find some really interesting fabrics here. And I had to photograph their signage. Love Vietnamese signs! IMG_0563