Printed Pattern: Printing by Hand from Potato Prints to Silkscreen by Rebecca Drury. A & C Black Publishers Ltd (2010)

Mother and daughter team, Yvonne and Rebecca Drury, produce their own wallpaper range, inspired by midcentury design, they first draw their designs by hand and touch them up with Illustrator, before they are printed on low-impact paper with non-toxic dyes. They have simplified their process for the home print-maker, and take the reader through step-by-step showing how to create the design through to various printing techniques and running repeats.

This book is beautifully laid out, photographed and written, with inspiring simple designs, interesting ideas and fun techniques. Print onto ribbon with your own hand-made rubber stamps, print a border design on your pants with a lino-print, make your own wall-paper with vintage wood-block prints, or screen-print your own fabric to create unique upholstery covers for your couch!

With some beautiful templates in the back of the book, this book is not only a great resource of printing techniques, but a lovely design source as well!

[PS. this book is not yet available in the US, however you can purchase it online from Amazon UK, and in Australian it is distributed through Allen and Unwin You can get more a glimpse inside this book here. The authors Yvonne and Rebecca Drury are a mother and daughter team you can find out more from their website MissPrint. ]


pattern books

by kath_red on 01/12/2009

in Books

V&A Pattern: Slipcased Set #1 (Hardcovers with CDs)

The first in an ongoing series produced by The Victoria and Albert Museum, London. This new series of pattern books are beautifully designed and full of inspiration for designers. (Included is a CD of all the images that can be reworked, or licensed for further use.) The first four books in this new series include William Morris wallpapers, Indian florals, 1950s textiles, and digital pioneers – an interesting start to what promises to be an exciting collection.

Reprodepot Pattern Book: Flora: 225 Vintage-Inspired Textile Designs and Folk: 225 Vintage-Inspired Textile Designs

Reprodepot – the much loved online store for hard to find vintage and designer fabrics, has produced a book and cd of vintage-inspired textile patterns ready to print and use in creative projects. (Images are licensed for personal use only. There is a small provision for individual craftspeople to make limited edition handmade items for resale using the patterns.)


Jesse shows us how to print onto textiles using plastic stencils. Link.


thank you Jennifer for the ‘un-birthday’ gift of these delightful printables – perfect for embroidery, cards – anything.



the long thread is lino printing with kids in their make it monday series.



For more kids craft, creative ideas and activities go to the Action Pack website