Submitted by: Tracy Hanson, Saskatoon Public Library

Fabric Printing at Home:

Quick & Easy Fabric Design Using Fresh Produce & Found Objects

by Julie B. Booth

746.62 BOOT – Alice Turner & Frances Morrison Branches in Saskatoon and Central Adult Branch in Regina


Have you ever wanted to learn something new? Are you creative? Environmentally friendly? If you are, then here’s a great book for you!

The first thing you need to do is to set up your work space. A large, flat surface like your dining room table would be an excellent place to begin. You could also use counter space or a fold up table.

Next, you need to assemble your basic toolkit. Julie provides a detailed list to help you get started. Not only does the list tell you exactly what you need, it also includes a photograph of the various supplies.

Once you’ve assembled everything, you are ready to begin. The kitchen is a good place to start your search for items to be used to create texture. Macaroni, rice, spaghetti, and dry beans are just a few examples. She demonstrates how to create a texture block by adhering the material to a piece of cardboard.

Another way to develop your print is by using found objects to create a pattern. Erasers, wine corks, bottle caps, and forks are good items to use on your piece. She includes helpful hints and tips throughout the book to help you to improve on your technique.

A fun and exciting way to print texture on to your fabric is by using fresh vegetables and fruit. Corn can be used as a roller and broccoli can be used as a dabber. Carrots are very versatile and can be used as both a dabber and roller. Apples, oranges, and pineapple are some fruit examples that have a distinct impression  Feel free to cut designs into the veggies and fruit to add your distinct flair.

Your options are limitless. You can use tinfoil, plastic wrap, and string as well  There are also examples to create fabric resists. So whether you are just learning this craft or have been doing it for years, this book is a valuable tool for your learning experience.