for the love of hand printing

my hand printing is complete for the hand printed fabric swap.  but I can see, from where I am standing, this is the beginning of a long road; not the end.  it is undeniable.  there is great joy in making your own prints on fabric and there will be more of it in my future.  the design, the idea, the execution…the whole thing is wonderful.  I remember reading once that the eye is drawn to a slight amount of imperfection because just a bit of imperfection expresses something that perfection cannot and that thing that is expressed…that thing is the joy of making.  hand stamps

the imperfection inherent in a hand printed item (a smudge here, a less than perfect ink transfer there) is a message sent from maker to recipient saying…”this little bit right here.  that one.  that is when I was joyfully making.  and now, you have that joy, it’s for you.”   it makes me so happy to literally ship that off into the world (the US, New Zealand, Australia and the UK, to be exact).    I had so much fun making different kinds of stamps and trying them out.  hand printed for fabric swapI have to admit a fondness for hand stamping on linen but I also liked it on pure white cotton, too.    linen trianglesin fact, I had so much fun hand printing that I started hand printing white fabric paint on little remnants of linen I had in my stash and I turned those remnants into cd cases to house a playlist of my favorite songs.   those song are, right now, destined for some of my dear, faraway friends.  I ran out of linen.


and that is how the last of my own linen filled with my favorite music was shipped out into the world from Los Angeles to Malta.  not a bad adventure for the beginnings of a humble hand-printing journey.

7 Comments on for the love of hand printing

  1. julie
    March 17, 2013 at 1:20 am (5 years ago)

    Loved my CD case before. Love it even more now. xo

    • ahappystitch
      March 17, 2013 at 8:33 pm (5 years ago)

      xo right back at ‘ya, dear.

  2. Kerry-Anne
    March 24, 2013 at 12:00 am (5 years ago)

    Just wanted to let you know that my fabric arrived today and more importantly that I LOVE it!! Thanks so much.
    I am a little unorganised but yours will be posted tomorrow..I do hope you’ll like it.
    Thanks again,

    • ahappystitch
      March 24, 2013 at 7:39 am (5 years ago)

      I’m so glad it arrived and that you like it. I’m preparing myself to assault our postal worker when I see a package in their arms!

  3. lamina @ do a bit
    April 3, 2013 at 3:42 am (5 years ago)

    Hi Melissa,

    I received your gorgeous fabric from the fabric swap today! Thank you so much I just LOVE it and I love all the little errant bits of ink too… that’s what makes it beautiful 🙂

    I just love the fabric swap… it’s so much fun!

    Thank you again,

    Lamina xxx

    • ahappystitch
      April 3, 2013 at 7:06 am (5 years ago)

      Lamina! I’m so happy it arrived! (It took a long time so I was getting nervous). I am thrilled you like it, as well. Can’t wait to receive your beautiful package as well. The fabric swap is great…now I am itching to make, make, make.


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