Surface Design: Block Printing Repeat Patterns

Fiber Arts, Print & Book Arts

Surface Design: Block Printing Repeat Patterns *Cancelled*

Learn the basics of designing and block printing your own repeat pattern designs on textiles.


9/14/2023 - 9/15/2023


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Class, All Levels

Fiber Arts Studio

Surface Design


Explore the endlessly creative potential of surface design on textiles in this class for anyone who would love to learn the art of block printing and creating repeat patterns on textiles. It is the slowest process of printing and, once mastered, quite rewarding, showing the artisan’s touch. These techniques date back to ancient civilizations but still stand the test of time in their popularity.

We'll begin the process by designing a simple motif within the confines of a small square, which will then be carved. We'll discuss mixing pigments and the various ways of designing, registering, and repeating motifs when printing on fabric. Then the fun part: testing and printing your design to create various repeat patterns. Demonstrations will help guide you through the entire process all the way through heat-setting.


  • Skill Level: Beginning
  • A $90 material kit fee is included in the cost of this class and contains pigments for printing, blocks for carving, table pad, foam for inking, basic tools, and textiles. Materials students need to provide are listed below.
  • The printing process requires standing and leaning over a table so, in addition to hand strength, a strong back and comfortable shoes are strongly suggested.
  • Bring a sack lunch There is a refrigerator and microwave on the lower level.


Students will take home their own hand-printed bandana with their unique design as well as the skills to continue exploring the process on their own. 


Students need to bring:
  • 2-3 clear deli containers with tight fitting lids (for mixing pigments)
  • Apron and/or work clothes (pigments will stain clothes)
  • Sketchbook and pencil w/eraser
  • Sharpies
  • Tracing paper (optional)
  • Comfortable shoes

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.

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