Indian Block Printing – Hen Party….and quilting

Crafty Hen Party - you can now buy Indian Block Printed Fat Quarters

hen party printing

Well it happened in September, the very first Stitching Kitchen Hen Party. What a giggle we had too and what a delightful group of girlfriends. About a month before one of the party of 12 called me, could I run a craft session for mixed ability where the group could take away something useful. The obvious choice would be Indian Block Printing, little crafting skill is required and the guests can take away a tote bag and/or a tea towel.

The girls were a group of friends from London, they had hired an AirBnB local to Brackley and were planning a fun filled weekend of good food, good company and fun activities. What a fabulous way to send off the lovely bride to be. The ladies arrived on Saturday morning, I had promised cakes and tea so once they arrived and teas and coffees served we got started on the Indian Block Printing technique and planning how to make their very personalised items.


red elephant tea towel

A brief practice perfecting the textile paint application and the pressure needed to create a clear sharp print and they were off. The two hours flew by with lots of jokes and discussions around changing surnames. One lady was printing up a tea towel to then send it to her Mum to stitch into an apron, if she had lived closer I would have been more than happy to help with the project.

After the session the ladies left with some most beautiful tea towels and personalised bags for their next shopping trip. The group were rather taken with the Stitching Kitchen Unicorn and with the aid of a selfie stick got a great shot of themselves with Stella.

Indian block printing

If you are planning a hen party and would be keen to include some crafty activities do get in touch, several of the Stitching Kitchen workshops are quite portable and can be adapted to the needs of your party.

print party postcard

Every time I wash up after block printing the need to waste not want not or recycle and reuse. I end most sessions with my own printing fix, using up the left-over textile paint. I like to print and over print to create my own unique fabrics which are currently in the stash awaiting some inspiration, they make lovely purses and bags, but can also be used in patchwork and quilting projects.

There is always textile paint left in the sponges we use to apply the textile paint to the blocks and so these can be squeezed out with water to dye fabrics. The wonderful Jamie Maldon of Colourious calls this serendipity cloth, and that is exactly what it is, you never know what you will get but it is always lovely.

In an effort to become more organised and perhaps a little more commercial I have been printing and dying recycled clothes in a standard Fat Quarter size (the most typical used by quilters) 18 x 22cm. If you are interested in any of the Fat Quarters below do let me know, they are priced at £5 each. Alternatively you can join me at my next session at ‘The Nimble Thimble’ in Buckingham where we will print Fat Quarters as part of the workshop which is tailored to the needs of quilters.

flamingo fat quarter