Now that a few days of the week I sit in a shop all day, I have to keep myself occupied. When I'm not with a customer, I usually do some dispatching. But when that's all done, I sit there twirling my thumbs or staring at my laptop. Lately I started doing a little bit of stamp carving in the shop, which I found very difficult! I started trying to carve a squirrel (which is pretty relevant to the Isle of Wight!). I used a rubber stamp carving kit which my mister bought me for xmas a year or two ago. I then started carving some lino. Lino was easier to carve but not easy to print with, I had to cut out my tree design and glue it to a bit of wood to make a stamp. One day a little girl came into the shop with her mum, and came behind the counter to see what I was doing. When I said I was making a stamp, to print some fabric and them sew them into bags, she said 'wow, that's amazing, I want to do that!'. I think I always wanted to do it too.
I used a fabric ink pad which you can buy in most crafty places. Just iron it and then you can bung it in the wash. I used it before to make labels and it washes fine.
I used 100% linen and the ink took to it quite well.
This was the first sample I made, but I ended up using a different stamp.
The first tree stamp came out a bit weird, so I prefer the one below...
It really hurt my hands after a few metres of fabric!
I will call this pattern 'Mill Copse' as it is our local woods, that has sequoia and pine trees and red squirrels in.
So I made eight pouches, seven of which are destined for our Yarmouth shop. I want to keep these for shop stock only as we want some new items in the shop for xmas time. In the future I may ask an outworker to make larger batches for selling online...one day ; )
The printing is a bit irregular and the linen is a bit crumply, but I quite like the feeling it gives, y'know, hand made on the kitchen table and shed and all ; )
I'm going to make some smaller pouches later, when I next get a full day off. After xmas, I will focus my attention on sewing for the forthcoming baby, I got so many ideas in my noodle, I think it will explode!