“So….,” says Steve with studied casualness, “Um, I noticed a lot of new towels in our house…?”
My awesome hubby gets a lot of points for calmly observing many the craft obsession. Dozens of beaded snowflakes? Check! Table full of dip-painted utensils? Check! Washing machine filled with felting? Check! He rarely seems phased, so I know this must look particularly strange.
I’m stamping tea towels to give as holiday gifts for our teachers and coworkers this year. And there are a lot of them!
- Tea towels – I am using Liliane Collection Kitchen Dish Towels, which are absorbent and don’t wrinkle too much in the wash.
- Rubber stamps and cookie cutters – I picked up some charming stamps from Yellow Owl Workshop. I also used cookie cutters and made made some of my own stamps by sticking Adhesive Foam shapes to the backs of stamp blocks.
- Fabric paint – I used both these Jacquard Products Textile Inks as well as regular craft paint mixed with Textile Medium
- A Hard Rubber Brayer helps apply paint evenly to the stamps
- Prewash and iron the dish towels
- For the stamps, spread some ink on a plate or flat surface, spread it with the brayer, and then roll onto your stamp and stamp the fabric
- For the cookie cutters, you can dip the cookie cutter into the paint directly
- Hang the towels to dry. This drying rack came in handy!
- I read a lot of ideas about how to heat set the paints to make the colors last. I ended up letting them air dry for several days, running the towels on the hottest setting in my dryer for an hour and then ironing to finish them. I tried using the oven to heat set, because the ironing was so tedious, but a few towels got scorched, so I would try that with caution.
I’d love to try some more designs soon. Check out these other cute stamps from Yellow Owl Workshop!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!