Tara is taking a look at hand-printed textiles and the beautiful addition they can make to our creations.  I hope you enjoy a fresh look at fabric —

if you’re looking to add a certain *je ne sais quoi* to your projectsbig or small, you must check out the wide assortment of hand-printedtextiles available online. these fabrics are not only designedindependently 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 organicquality to each section of the fabric. a small smudge or drip – thoughrare – shouldn’t be thought of as a flaw but as what makes the fabrictruly unique.

textiles & finished items by lu summers

the three selections i chose represent two basic trends inprinted textiles – bold patterns and bright colors. both lendthemselves to the printing process exceptionally well and also help youto up the pizzazz factor when working with textiles of this kind.

now, some of you might be concerned about the price. certainly ahand-printed textile is not a spur-of-the-moment kind of purchase butchoosing to splurge a bit on a small amount might just be the decisionthat 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 finda whole array of screen-printed tea towels that are perfect forcutting, slicing, & working into your next project!

about tara

tara gentile is the editor of scoutie girl, the blog with a passion for people and the stuff theymake. she is also a wife, momma, and wordpress designer who blogs onher 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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