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Screenprinting Class Part II

The second screenprinting class was Saturday. We got to do the whole process again and I’m proud to say I remembered all the steps. The image I did this time was one I’d drawn – a little cartoon monster. It turned out really cute and I even got to print a few extra to see if they would sell at the shop! Can I tell you, I’m kinda excited about that. Maybe if they sell, I’ll have to do a few more.


Screenprinting Class – Part One

Something I’ve really been wanting to do is screenprinting. Luckily, we have a local print shop that offers classes. I signed up for a two part intro class at Green Pea Press. It was great fun and I thought I’d share my result.

I used a photograph I’d taken of Chloe and converted it into a black and white image in Photoshop. The image is screenprinted onto a canvas material and my plan is to add some paint and embroidery to it and stretch it like a regular canvas.

The second part of the class is next Saturday and since there are only three of us in the class we’re going to get to go through the whole process again with another image. I think I may do some t-shirts or tote bags next time with one of my little sketched creatures.

My Manifesto

I was inspired by this post on Craft. I’m going to print out a copy and hang it near my desk so I see it everyday.

Crafting – For the Holidays (Partial Stash Bust)

I got a new magazine and it had a lot of good craft ideas. One of those is a wreath. I decided to make one for fall and then one for Christmas. I made the fall one first. It was good for getting rid of some of my craft stash, since the wrapping on the wreath got rid of an entire skein of yarn. With the exception of the orange and yellow, the other felt all came from stuff I already had. The wreath is 14″ and the flowers used less than a yard of felt total.

Close Up

Crafting – Yarn Stash Bust

So, like a lot of crafters I have way way way too many crafting supplies. One of my biggest problems seems to be yarn. I just can’t resist it. The colors. The funky textures. The way it feels. I have a lot of yarn that when I bought it I’m sure I had a plan for it, but none of those plans ever seem to pan out. In an effort to get it under control – and so I don’t feel too guilty when I buy more for projects that I want to do – I’m going to do some Stash Busting projects.

The first is a rug for the kitchen. I’ve been wanting one for in front of the sink and I’m probably also going to crochet one for in front of the stove too. The yarn is 100% cotton, so it’s washable, which is important for a kitchen. The pattern came out of  the July/August 2011 issue of Crochet Today. If you do any crocheting, I recommend getting this magazine. It has great, modern patterns.

Yarns Used

  • Lily Sugar and Cream
  • Lion Brand 100% Cotton

    In Front of the Sink

Close Up


It took me about two weeks off and on to finish this. Hope you like it.