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How to print fabric

How to print fabric

Shah, Zeena, author

Learn how simple hand printing techniques can transform your fabric into personalized designs with this fabric printing guide from designer Zeena Shah. In this beautiful yet practical book, Zeena shows you how to create contemporary homewares though 20 techniques, each accompanied by a sewing project to put your prints on display straight away

Paperback, Book. English.
Published Newton Abbot: David and Charles, [2015]

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Statement of responsibility: Zeena Shah
ISBN: 144630597X, 9781446305973
Note: Includes index.
Physical Description: 126 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 23 cm
Subject: Crafts.; Textile printing.


  1. Introduction
  2. Printing basics
  3. Fabrics, inks, dyes and more
  4. Printing Projects & Techniques
  5. Projects include
  6. Simple sewn items like cushions, purses, tea towels, table linen, pillowcases, tote bags, bunting, tablet sleeve etc. Each technique is paired with a project to show how you can use it to display your printed fabric
  7. Techniques include
  8. Mark making eg: printing with end of pencil to make polka dots, printing with pom poms and string
  9. Vegetable printing
  10. Sponging
  11. Stamping
  12. Stencilling
  13. Block printing
  14. Lino printing
  15. Silk screen printing
  16. Sewing Techniques
  17. Templates
  18. Suppliers
  19. About the Author
  20. Acknowledgments
  21. Index

Author note

Zeena Shah is a Chelsea School of Art graduate who, inspired by her love of textiles, launched her own business 'Zeena'; in 2010. Her collection of hand silk screen printed and handmade home accessories are all crafted in her East London studio and sold internationally. Zeena is a familiar face on TV having appeared on Kirstie's Vintage Home, The Apprentice and 60 Minute Makeover, as well as featuring regularly in both the craft and women's lifestyle press, including Red, Country Living, Mollie Makes, Homes & Gardens, House Beautiful, Elle Decorationand more. She also runs a programme of workshops with museums and organisations including the V&A and Google.


Learn how simple hand printing techniques can transform fabric into personalized designs with this easy fabric printing guide from textile designer Zeena Shah.

In this beautiful yet practical project book, Zeena shows you how to create contemporary textiles though 20 easy-to-master techniques, each accompanied by a simple sewing project to put your prints on display straight away.

Using easily accessible materials from humble vegetables to rubber bands, to hand-carved wood blocks and simple screens, Zeena shows readers how to create striking printed designs and then how to make covetable items such as bags, table linen, cushions and pillows and more, to personalize your home interior with DIY style.

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"I first met Zeena on the set of my TV series Kirstie's Vintage Home, where I set up my own vintage workshop on London's Portobello road crammed with a wide range of skilled designer makers and plenty of handmade and homespun style. Zeena shared her printmaking expertise with me to create a beautiful Lino printed blind for the series and her sewing know how to up-cycle vintage fabrics into adorable novelty pillows to accessorise your home with. It is a joy to see her now sharing her knowledge and printmaking skills in this beautiful book.

This book is full of brilliant and fun ideas with 20 exciting and original printmaking techniques that will have you addicted to printing fabrics with all manner of tools; from chopsticks and pencil ends to a lint roller. Zeena shows you how to print and sew some lovely projects using objects that you can find in your home and craft on your kitchen table top with very minimal and inexpensive equipment. You can even Screen Print with an embroidery hoop!

This book is the perfect companion for the beginner crafter, then advance your skills throughout the book building up to more complex makes. I couldn't think of a better way to spend an afternoon!" – Kirstie Allsopp||"I've admired Zeena's talent for creating unique screen printed homewares for many years, so I'm delighted to see her sharing her nuggets of crafty wisdom in How To Print Fabric. From the circles laundry bag to the forest drum lampshade, this book has filled me with the ideas and know-how to invite more handmade hues into my home!" –Will Taylor, interior design author and editor of Bright Bazaar||"Zeena is not only the smiliest, friendliest person in craft, she's also one of the most talented. Her skill and enthusiasm for all manner of printing and mark making techniques knows no bounds, and we've been privileged to work with her many times in Mollie Makes. Her style is always accessible, fresh and striking. We're equally as smiley for her, seeing what she's created in this fabulous book!" x2013; Lara Watson, editor of Mollie Makes