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Super + Super – printed apron tutorial

9 November 2014 No Comment

Brighton craft duo Super+Super‘s debut book Printmaking (£12.99) is packed with original projects to help readers create unique gifts. And this simple Midcentury inspired printed apron tutorial is a winner for Christmas.

Super + Super printed apron tutorial

What you need

  • Plain cotton apron
  • Craft knife or scalpel
  • 2 sheets of brown paper about A3 size 
  • 2 sheets of tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Adhesive tape
  • Fabric ink in black and red
  • Cutting mat
  • Silk screen Squeegee Spoon

Super + Super printed apron tutorial

1. Trace the design onto a piece of tracing paper with a pencil (templates on pages 112–113). Label different sections of the template A or B, depending on whether they will be black or red. Stick it onto your first sheet of brown paper using a small piece of adhesive tape in each corner to secure it. Now, on the cutting mat, cut out all shapes marked ‘A’ with the craft knife.

2. Remove the tracing paper to reveal your brown paper stencil for the black areas. Where any pieces have become separate, use staples or tape to hold them in place.

3. Stick the tracing paper template onto the second sheet of brown paper and cut out all shapes marked ‘B’, as before. Take off the tracing paper to reveal your red ink stencil.

Super + Super printed apron tutorial

4. Lay your apron right side up on a protected flat surface and place the first stencil on top.

5. Put your screen on top, making sure all unmasked areas are visible so you can avoid inking the wrong spot. Spoon a line of black ink onto the screen at the top of your stencil covering the length of your design. Pull the squeegee towards you firmly and smoothly.

6. Remove the screen and check that the print is OK. Hang the apron to dry.

Super + Super printed apron tutorial

7. Remove the soggy brown paper stencil from the screen and discard it. Wash and dry your screen and make sure your first print is also dry. Line up the red ink stencil so that the pattern looks like the original image and place it on top of the apron as before.

8. Place the screen on top and repeat the printing process using red ink.

9. Remove the screen and brown paper stencil and dry the apron. Wash the screen. Once the apron is dry, iron your print on the wrong side to seal the design and make the apron machine washable.

Tip: Use some ink on a fine paintbrush to fill in any areas of the print that you might have missed. If you’re after a pair of presents, try the apple print tea towel tutorial.

Printmaking and Embroidery by Claire Culley and Amy Phipps and published by GMC (£12.99, www.thegmcgroup.com)

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