Playful Fabric Printing

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Playful Fabric Printing is a printing methodology using Procion MX dye to print in repeat and loosely, to great and usable result. Learn to print cloth and use it in quilt making!

Melanie Testa
Quilters Take Manhattan 2017 Quilt Making, Manhattan, Printing On Fabric, Quilts, Stitch, Sewing, Art Quilting, Crafts, Spider

Podcast Episode #92: Pokey Bolton - Craft Industry Alliance

On today’s episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we’re talking about the sewing and quilting industry with my guest, Pokey Bolton. Pokey Bolton was introduced to art quilting and the related needle arts in 1998, and ever since she took her first stitch (a fly) and embroidered her first motif (a spider), she has […]

I have printed 30 of each design, chevrons and now to steam and wash! Fabric Printing, Quilt Making, Fiber Art, Printmaking, Stitches, Embellishments, Chevron, Quilts, Printed

Instagram post by Melanie Testa • Mar 18, 2017 at 6:41pm UTC

73 Likes, 9 Comments - Melanie Testa (@mellytesta) on Instagram: “I have printed 30 of each design, chevrons and #mellymarks #laceswirl now to steam and wash!”

This is my latest finished quilt. All fabrics are handprinted using the Melly Marks Lace Swirl kit in addition to a Chevron tFax. Making this quilt was so much fun. I played with ideas of printing in gradation, the Lace Swirl backgrounds were generally printed in Pale and Light value while the Chevrons were printed in mostly Medium and Dark. The size of this quilt, 68x78" fits the floor space I use as a design board. And again, I love two sided quilts. This is one. #mellymarks #etsyseller… Mask Making, Quilt Making, Quilting Projects, Printing On Fabric, Chevron, Etsy Seller, Floor Space, Quilts, Blanket

Instagram post by Melanie Testa • Apr 24, 2017 at 11:52am UTC

116 Likes, 21 Comments - Melanie Testa (@mellytesta) on Instagram: “This is my latest finished quilt. All fabrics are handprinted using the Melly Marks Lace Swirl kit…”

Learn to color a print using the Playful Fabric Printing methods. Fabric Printing, To Color, Mask Making, Shibori, Quilt Making, Quilts, Blog, Painting, Ideas

blog - Melanie Testa

This mask making endeavor is enabling me to remain centered in gratitude, giving, and appreciation for the labor of ‘Essential Workers’. Please check out my Go Fund Me. I get to do this work, while also navigating my response to living in Brooklyn, New York during a pandemic, in a hot spot. Making and giving...Read More

Tooling Up: creating hand-made tools for use in hand-printing cloth Mark Making, Quilt Making, Printing On Fabric, Carving, Tools, Quilts, How To Make, Handmade, Inspiration

Tooling Up: creating hand-made tools for use in hand-printing cloth

Showing the inspiration for hand-made tools to use in hand-printing cloth

Monoprinting with ferns Fabric Painting, Back In The Day, Quilt Making, Ferns, Printing On Fabric, Prints, Green, Arrows, Kids

Where the Red Fern Grows….

Back in the day…..when the world was a little bit more innocent…my BFF and I spent much of our summer days roaming all by ourselves in the neighborhood park. The park was bordered by a creek, where we spent many hours building dams and crossings in the cool green water with gold glinting highlights. Leafy

In January I was so fortunate to go to Craft Napa for the year. If you have not heard of it or made plans to go…. Bucket List it….Wish List it, anyway you sum it up…… Fabric Printing, Quilt Making, January, Bucket, Quilts, Play, How To Plan, Artist, Crafts

Playful Fabric Printing

In January I was so fortunate to go to Craft Napa for the 2nd year. If you have not heard of it or made plans to go....Oh my, DO. Bucket List it....Wish List it, anyway you sum it up...GO So besides spending days with wonderful wine....and plenty of it, I was with artists, playing, visiting,…

Melanie Testa — Stencils, Stamps, Thermofax, oh my! Raw Edge Applique, Fabric Printing, How To Dye Fabric, Quilt Making, Textile Design, Stencils, Art Pieces, Stamps, Stencil

Stencils, Stamps, Thermofax, oh my! - Melanie Testa

Earlier this week, I started a Speed Print job using my Lace Swirl Kit and I spoke about the difference between using the L498 StencilGirl stencil and the Thermofax screen to color the swirl portion of the design. So, today, I wanted to update you and show you the difference between the two. The StencilGirl stencil allows...Read More

Quilt Scene magazine takes you to the International Quilt Festival 2017 with an insiders look at this quilt show, quilt gallaries, and original quilt patterns. International Quilt Festival, Fabric Printing, Festival 2017, Quilt Making, Quilt Patterns, Scene, Quilts, Blanket, Comforters

International Quilt Festival Quilt Scene 2017 2018 Print Edition

Quilt Scene magazine takes you to the International Quilt Festival 2017 with an insiders look at this quilt show, quilt gallaries, and original quilt patterns.

Melanie Testa — Multicolor printing is the bomb diggity. Fabric Printing, Quilt Making, Surface Design, How To Apply, Prints, Printing On Fabric

Finding a purpose and applying my skills - Melanie Testa

I recently came across Printed Village, (did you know about it? And if so, why have you been holding back on me?) And? Of course, I have decided to partipate in one of their challenges. This site offers ‘story boards’ and deadlines for a surface design artists to create work on a theme, with prizes....Read More

Melanie Testa —   Lace Swirl quilt complete! Fabric Printing, Quilt Top, Quilt Making, Quilts, Lace, Comforters, Printing On Fabric, Patch Quilt, Kilts

Lace Swirl quilt complete! - Melanie Testa

Here is my first entirely hand printed quilt top using my Melly Marks Lace Swirl Kit! I am loving it, I love the movement of the zig-zag half square triangles, the gradation of colors, the simplicity too. Later in the process of making the quilt top, I nabbed a few handprints created using Swirl Vine Kit to...Read More

Melanie Testa —   Lace Swirl Quilt Top Fabric Printing, I Coming Home, Quilt Top, Textile Prints, Quilt Making, Quilts, Lace, Blog, Comforters

Lace Swirl Quilt Top - Melanie Testa

This last weekend was quite productive. I took Bucket to my twice yearly quilt retreat and made great progress while #freerangetextileprinting. Then, I came home, switched out the newspaper and tinfoil I had been using to steam (this is a link to Pokey Bolton’s blog related to our Playful Fabric Printing blog hop-who chose the steamer as a...Read More

Melanie Testa — Considering Color and Placement Quilt Making, Printing On Fabric, Stencils, Prints, Color, Colour, Fabric Printing, Stenciling, Colors

Considering Color and Placement - Melanie Testa

In learning to use the concepts Carol and I present in Playful Fabric Printing, I have done a lot of experimentation (we both have). In retrospect, as I ponder my approach to using dye paste and printing as is described in our new book, I would say, at first I was exuberant, I threw caution to...Read More

Melanie Testa —   blog Fabric Printing, Quilt Making, Quilts, Blog, Comforters, Printing On Fabric, Patch Quilt, Kilts, Blogging

blog - Melanie Testa

This mask making endeavor is enabling me to remain centered in gratitude, giving, and appreciation for the labor of ‘Essential Workers’. Please check out my Go Fund Me. I get to do this work, while also navigating my response to living in Brooklyn, New York during a pandemic, in a hot spot. Making and giving...Read More

  Fabric Printing, Happy Saturday, Quilt Making, Textile Art, Quilts, Instagram Posts, Comforters, Printing On Fabric, Patch Quilt

Instagram post by Melanie Testa • Feb 25, 2017 at 11:14pm UTC

41 Likes, 2 Comments - Melanie Testa (@mellytesta) on Instagram: “Happy Saturday. #happysaturday #nycartist #textileart #procionmx #playfulfabricprinting”

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