A while back I introduced the new towels, napkins, coasters and runners, made in the Carolinas. Today I'm going to talk a little about how its done.
Here are their new Christmas designs!
Linoleum is an easily cut, inexpensive material where simple tools can bring good relief prints. Relief printing means removing material so that the remaining raised inked surface comes in contact with paper or in this case fabric. The ink is transferred to the fabric using pressure. Designs are made by what remains, or what is not cut away from the surface. There are few limits regarding designs-making linocuts as simple or detailed as the artist chooses.
There are four cutting blades. They are "u," "v," a straight edge, and a pointed edge, all in various sizes. To start, you precut the lines using the pointed edge, holding the tool upright like a pencil, turning the lino to facilitate cutting curving lines. The pre-cutting makes for crisp edges and is good for close clearances.
The "v" gouge cuts a simple line and the "u" gouge scoops out large areas, cutting towards the already incised safety line from my original cutting with the pointed tool.
Once you have your design the way you want it you ink it with a brayer, put your fabric on it, if you have a press, you press it down, and it's done!! If you don't have a press using a wooden spoon rub it over the material to transfer the ink to the fabric.
That's all there is to it!!
Here is one of their every day designs we have.
- Jan Francoeur