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Last week I showed you the cookie monster hoodie that I made using the screenprinting kit by bobbinhood. Today I want to show you another sweater that I made using the kit. I made a Herthas Nichte (pdf pattern by Echt Knorke) with a fun french fries print. This wa my very first screenprint and I made all possible errors. To make sure that you don’t make the same errors, I want to explain to you why the print didn’t turn out perfectly. Disclaimer: It was all my fault and not at all due to handling difficulties of the kit!
Let’s start with the sweater. Isn’t it just super cool? My daughter loves french fries. We rarely make them at home, but when we go to the restaurant or are at the swimming pool, she “needs” them desperately. So when I saw the cool french fries stencil at bobbinhood I just knew that I had to try it (you can download it here). I used the fun Herthas Nichte pdf pattern by echt knorke for the sweater. I really love the high low hem and the diagonal side seams. I used ribbing in yellow and red for another fun detail. The sweater is still a bit big on my daughter, but I don’t mind. It looks (and is) super comfy and she’ll wear it tons.
3 tips for perfect screenprint
Although I really love the sweater, the print itself obviously isn’t perfect. There are three reasons for this. When I tried to screenprint again and kept these in mind, I got a perfectly sharp cookie monster print. So, again, just to remind you, as you will read in the following it was all my fault and not due to problems with the kit. If used right, it works like a charm. Ok, here you go, my 3 tips for perfect screenprint:
- Read the instructions that Barbara includes in the kit. Really! READ them and do so THOROUGHLY! I must have just moved to quickly over the part that explains where the stencil goes. Therefor I taped it INSIDE the frame while indeed it should go BELOW the screen. When the stencil is between the screen and the fabric, the result is just perfect. The stencil can rip, distributing the paint is easier and the print is super sharp.
- Set the paint (iron) before you start sewing. handling the fabric too often right sides together ribs off parts of the paint.
- Read the instructions! What? I said that already? Well, then I guess it’s just two points to remember, which makes screenprinting even more easy and fun – as long as you read the instructions ;)
To sum up: Screenprinting really is super fun. I already have so many ideas that I want to try out. This kit is going to see a lot of use. I can’t wait!