Lace can be a beautiful addition to a pillow, clothing and even linens. But it can also be expensive. I want to show you a great way to make a little lace go a really long way. This tutorial will show how you can take a small piece of lace and silkscreen it onto countless projects in no time at all. Now you can have the look of lace in any colour you want- anywhere you would like to see it.Supplies you’ll need: 1. a silkscreen frame (here’s how to make your own frame) 2. some textile inks/ pigments or acrylic paint 3. a squeegee (the plastic end of a spatula or a large plastic dough scraper 4. something to print onto (we’ll use fabric for this demo) 5. some t-pins 6. masking tape 7. heavy card stock 8. tracing paper 9. an exacto knife 10. some lace Step 1: Gather some sample of lace Gather some samples of lace. They can be big or small- you will be taping them to the back of the silkscreen frame. They should be thin pieces of lace- not thick like crochet.
Step 2: Tape the lace to the back of your silkscreen
Tape the lace to the underside of the screen. Make sure to mask off any of the mesh between the lace and the edge of the frame. You don’t want to have any pigment ink squishing out onto your project.
Step 5: Set up your print area
You’ll want to set-up the area you’re using to print. If you have an end of a table to use that will work as long as it is completely flat. Ideally lay down 2 layers of felt larger than the screen by at least five inches. Then cover that with two plain sheets. if the table is going to serve as a permanent place for you to silkscreen then staple down tightly the sheets and felt. Otherwise tape them down so they won’t move. FYI, an ironing board will not suffice- it can’t provide the resistance you need when you are squeegeeing your inks.
Then you’ll want to lay down your fabric to print onto. If you are planning to print on a pillow cover or t-shirt or tote bag then you should make sure you insert a few pieces of paper inside your object so the ink doesn’t pass from the topside to the underside. whatever you are printing on needs to be taped or pinned to the sheets and felt. make sure the object os pinned tightly and is not wrinkled.
Step 3: Start Printing! It’s as easy as that!
Flip your screen over onto your fabric and put a bunch of pigment down in the ‘well’ which is the first inch or two of your screen. If you don’t own a squeegee that’s Ok- my lace was small enough that I was able to use the broken end of a spatula which was fairly ridged not soft.
Push and pull the pigment ink up and back twice with holding your squeegee or in my case a spatula, with a slight angle. You might want to hold down your screen with one hand so it doesn’t move. Use firm pressure.
Here’s your printed lace! You can repeat this again and again on other projects so you can make a little lace go along way.
Step 8: Don’t forget to clean your screen and save your extra pigment
Before you get too excited about your new project clean off the excess pigment from the screen and re-save it. Then remove your lace and put it aside to dry to use again another time. Rinse out your screen before the pigment dries and set that aside to dry.