Indian stamps are a great way to get a handcrafted boho look on your sewing projects and create your own original printed fabrics. Plus, it’s fun! Woodblock printing is an ancient technique that most likely originated in ancient Egypt. Textiles were also printed this way in Medieval Europe. The monks in monasteries made their own fabric prints with carved wooden blocks. Most wooden textile stamps today are made in India, were the art is still being practiced. Many colors are used and the process is quite beautiful. My project is much simpler than those types of prints. But you have to start somewhere! Here is more information on the history and process. I dressed up this plain linen tunic with a stamp from my collection and a fancy stitch on my new sewing machine.I really like this pattern, Simplicity 1461, as it’s easily adjustable with it’s princess seaming and designed for all bra sizes. These are a few of the stamps from my collection.
After some practice with stamping I’ve found that Jacquard Textile Paint gives the best results. The stuff from the craft store by Tulip Brand is very clumpy and hard to work with. I don’t recommend using it. The Jacquard brand needs to be bought at an art supply store or online.I put fabric paint into a container and roll a fresh coat on the stamp after each time I stamp. It’s a little time consuming but a very meditative process.The stamps aren’t centered perfectly but I think the stitching along the seam lines helps make it look better.