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As if I needed a new hobby, I’ve decided to take up screen printing. I thought that this might give me a chance to create more original items and add a bit more ‘flare’ to some of my sewing creations and even purchased items. If you’re thinking of trying it out for yourself, there’s several ways you can start out:

Freezer Paper Stencils – simple images can be removed from freezer paper then iron shiny side down onto your garment before silk screening.

Stamp it – Use rubber stamps or create your own to stamp onto your fabric.

Buy a pre-made stencil – this not only gives you a chance to try out the craft and generally has a high amount of detail. Of course, with this, you’re limited by the designs available.

Try a kit – these contain all the materials you need to make highly-detailed, customized shirts. From experience, there is a bit of a learning curve, but the results are impressive!

Have a machine do the work for you – The YUDU is a tabletop machine that does a bulk of the work for you and limits some of the mess of the kits.

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    Dec 2, 2010, 06.24 AMby tkd

    I must try this, it looks amazing!

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    Dec 2, 2010, 01.08 AMby nic101

    I bought a kit a few years ago and love it. I can make all my fave band t shrits!

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    Dec 1, 2010, 02.26 PMby Shira B

    thats so cool!

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    Dec 1, 2010, 07.00 AMby ankaf

    I love this…of course it’s tricky – the result can be either a disaster or a masterpiece. Personally I love printing pieces of my favorite paintings on purses.

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    Dec 1, 2010, 05.22 AMby liongate

    My husband and I have both been captivated by the screen printing bug! It is so FUN, He is now going to build us a multi color station!

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    Dec 1, 2010, 01.02 AMby susanne2011

    Oh yes, love it! I have signed up for a screen printing course in January! I moved to a new place with a massive shed in the backyard, so finally have a space that can get dirty! I have also bought a book on screen printing, I can recommend that to others as well, there are also plenty of Youtube videos around!

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    Nov 30, 2010, 10.10 PMby ecofabric

    Wow, the YUDO seems a lot cheaper than other tabletop systems.

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    Nov 30, 2010, 08.24 PMby Jessica Mullan

    How tough are the kits to figure out? There are a lot of introductory screen printing classes in SF (workshopSF, mission cultural center) but I’m wondering if I could get started with a kit before even taking a class…

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    Nov 30, 2010, 05.53 PMby william james

    love screen printing

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    Nov 30, 2010, 02.50 PMby crocka

    I love screen printing! Like you mentioned in the blog it adds extra flare and a bit more customization to your work. Who doesn’t like to rock one-of-a-kind gear?! Plus when someone asks were you got your item of clothing you can proudly say you made it! <3

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    Nov 30, 2010, 02.40 PMby kimberleejean

    I’ve been wanting to learn how to screen print for ages. I dream of tote bags and t-shirts….

    Have fun with your new toy!

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    Nov 30, 2010, 02.19 PMby frkbustad

    Screen print looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing this!

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    Nov 30, 2010, 01.58 PMby alicolette

    i was curious if those home machines were any good! we made our own screens for a play we did at my theatre company, they all turned out pretty cool!

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    Nov 30, 2010, 11.27 AMby mmmenta

    here screen printing is not common at all. i do make stencils washing old xray papers with bleach, then putting it over a printed design and cut it with a cutter knife.

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    Nov 30, 2010, 04.43 AMby lacis

    I have never screen printed, but it looks like it may be kind of a fun thing to get into!

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    Nov 30, 2010, 01.48 AMby cherwinamy

    ooooh! another toy to play with!!!

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    Nov 29, 2010, 10.15 PMby sewmysterious

    I bought a little screen printing machine from Wal-Mart just to try out screening printing. You are kind of very limited to the designs they have in the store. Thanks for the freezer paper suggestion. I am going to try that.

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    Nov 29, 2010, 09.09 PMby rebeccapeebles

    I’m so glad I took the challenge and learned how to screen print! Even if you don’t use a pro printing shop to print for you, printing small panels or just the pattern pieces themselves in order to make a garment with your own printed patterns is really cool. The time commitment is bigger and the work is a bit messy, so having the right work space makes a huge difference. Ultimately, wearing a garment with your own print, pattern design, and custom tailoring… wow.

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    Nov 29, 2010, 06.42 PMby kststudio

    I love screen printing! I usually find free images online and use Photoshop to make it into a stencil. Then I put it on my t-shirts. YUDU sounds like it would be an easier and faster way to create stencils… thanks for the link!

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