Screenprint on Fabric

Learn how to print on fabrics of your choice at home! Students will be introduced to the steps in the screen print process for screen printing on fabric using fabric reactive dyes at home after dying fabric using dye color. Students will be instructed to use stencil based screen printing on T-shirts to repetitive patterns on yardage. Students will experiment with surface design for fiber art, fashion, or home decor. You will learn stencil-based screen printing that can be done from your own home. This class is appropriate for both screen printers who want to expand into working with fabric, and for fiber enthusiasts who wish to delve into screen printing at either the beginner or intermediate levels. Topics covered will also include setting up your home space for screen printing on fabric. Including creating a fabric printing pad, choosing the right screens, finding the correct squeegee, and more.

Special notes:
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

This is an eight-session class. Class will not be held on January 18 and February 15 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and President’s Day.

Tuition Assistance is Available
To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Required supplies:

  • We will go over supplies on the first class. you can wait to purchase these until after our first class. The second class we will discuss making stencil imagery, and building your fabric printing board.

  • Fabric of your choice: silk, wool, or cotton

  • Supplies for dye and printing for this class will be available at Artist and Craftsman on Market Street.

  • Supplies to make fabric dye ink: urea, sodium alginate, soda ash fixer, color dye (procion dye/fabric reactive dye)

  • Contact paper

  • Screenprint squeegee to fit your screen

  • Speedball small fabric printing screen (thin wood sides, 110 mesh count)

  • Sharpie

  • Pencil

  • Ruler

  • Optional: speedball drawing fluid, speedball screen filler, simple green (supermarket), scoop coater
    supplies found at household and hardware stores and online

  • Vinegar

  • Water softener

  • Measuring cups

  • Synthrapol detergent

  • Bucket for dye

  • Dish soap

  • Baby wipes

  • Sponge

  • Rags

  • Gloves

  • Copy paper

  • Supplies to create a fabric printing pad: old blanket, heavyweight cotton, staple gun, scissors, MDF board