Louise Nichols – Lino Printing on Fabric

Louise Nichols was our tutor on Tuesday and she showed us how to cut lino and print our design on fabric.  It was the first time we had got together for a workshop for nearly 18 months and fortunately the weather was kind to us so we could have the back and front doors open and sit outside at lunchtime although we wore masks when walking around the hal

Louise introduced the day by explaining the various steps she planned, talked about inspiration and the options open to us.  In her work Louise mixes lino printing with applique and stitch and suggested we might like to do the same which is why the images of members’ work do not show a completed project as we didn’t have time to add any stitch.

After we had chosen our design, done a sketch, drawn it onto tracing paper and then transferred it onto the lino Louise talked about the various tools and inks.  The hall was incredibly quiet as everyone beavered away to create their block.

The fun part came after lunch when Louise showed us how to prepare the inks and add them to the roller before printing them onto fabric.

What a great day and to think we took away a selection of prints together with the block so we can use it again in the future.

Thank you Louise – I learnt a lot!

This is a link to Louise’s website: https://louisenichols.com/

Report and photos by Ros

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