if you're looking to add a certain *je ne sais quoi* to your projects big or small, you must check out the wide assortment of hand-printed textiles available online. these fabrics are not only designed independently but they are printed screen by screen in a process that, frankly, blows my mind a little.
textiles by greenolivetextiles
pouch & journal cover by buttontreelane (via flickr)
since each piece is printed by hand, there is a deeply organic quality to each section of the fabric. a small smudge or drip - though rare - shouldn't be thought of as a flaw but as what makes the fabric truly unique.
textiles & finished items by lu summers
the three selections i chose represent two basic trends in printed textiles - bold patterns and bright colors. both lend themselves to the printing process exceptionally well and also help you to up the pizzazz factor when working with textiles of this kind.
now, some of you might be concerned about the price. certainly a hand-printed textile is not a spur-of-the-moment kind of purchase but choosing to splurge a bit on a small amount might just be the decision that takes your next project from nice to wowzer.
textiles & finished items by kalla
finally, if hand-printed textiles get your creative juices flowing, don't limited yourself to artists that only print yardage. you'll find a whole array of screen-printed tea towels that are perfect for cutting, slicing, & working into your next project!
tara gentile is the editor of scoutie girl, the blog with a passion for people and the stuff they make. she is also a wife, momma, and wordpress designer who blogs on her personal portfolio, taragentile.com.
Thanks Tara! I love the prints and colors used in these examples! Can't wait to explore this more, what about you? Do you think you might add some hand-printed fabrics to your next project? Let me know if you do :)
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