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It’s time for our second annual Holiday Giveaway Calendar! Everyday in the month of December we are giving away an amazing prize! It’s super easy to enter, just leave your comment answering the bolded questions below by noon EST 12/10 and one lucky winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries!

Today, enter to win Lena Corwin’s PRINTNG BY HAND (STC Craft), fabric samples from Lena Corwin’s line and Field Notes notebooks to print on.

It’s the natural inconsistencies—the accidental differences between one finished piece and another—that make hand-printed fabrics, papers, furniture, and works of art so interesting. The quirks are what show the maker’s intimate involvement in the process, and it’s that unique quality that first attracted textile designer and illustrator Lena Corwin to hand-printing.

Even though decorative prints are more in vogue than ever, there was until now no up-to-date hand-printing guide—no single source explaining the tools and materials that are used today, or reflecting a contemporary aesthetic. Corwin has given us that guide in PRINTNG BY HAND (STC Craft). Using step-by-step instructions and up-close photos, Corwin teaches crafters everything they need to know to master stamping, stenciling, and screen printing, from making their own printing devices to trouble-shooting when plans go awry. Her inimitable collection of projects ranges from stamped stationery and simple-to-sew pouches, to stenciled tote bags and furniture, to screen-printed bed linens and upholstery fabric. There’s even a silk-screened dog bed. The author has created original artwork for each project (full-size patterns are included in an envelope at the back of the book), so that every crafter can achieve the same beautiful results. Or maybe not quite the same. Remember: It’s the subtle differences that make hand-printing so special and alluring.

To enter, just leave your comment answering this questions by noon EST 12/10:
What would you print?

We want to congratulate anaaron on winning yesterday’s $100 gift certificate to Sawyer Brook Distinctive Fabrics.! Her comment was chosen at random from all eligible entries. Thanks to everyone who entered and good luck in today’s giveaway!


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    Dec 8, 2010, 04.41 PMby queenofbling

    I play with Photoshop. I would love to make fabric out of some of the designs I’ve put together in Photoshop – an overall pattern. Oooh, this would be incredible to do! Can you imagine fabric made with important words typed out in a variety of fonts sprinkled over a background texture? I love the idea.

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    Dec 18, 2009, 08.55 PMby nadnoda

    i would print ( I LOVE MY COUNTRY )

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    Dec 16, 2009, 09.25 PMby texasoasis

    I sew recycled clothes into shopping bags, this would be great for adding a fast “green” catchy looking logo to the bags I give out.

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    Dec 16, 2009, 05.56 PMby amylp85

    I have been wanting to make a specific quilt, but always seem to be one fabric short of the combination of fabrics I want. I would use it to make a pattern that I love and use it in my quilt.

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    Dec 15, 2009, 04.10 PMby robinkellydesigns

    I would print cute designs for baby and children clothes! My daughter would be so fashionable!

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    Dec 15, 2009, 09.51 AMby fuchsiamagellenica

    I would print patterns and shapes onto clothes that were shapely, but needed something to make them a bit more beautiful or eye-catching.

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    Dec 15, 2009, 09.51 AMby fuchsiamagellenica

    I would print patterns and shapes onto clothes that were shapely, but needed something to make them a bit more beautiful or eye-catching.

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    Dec 15, 2009, 09.48 AMby fuchsiamagellenica

    I would print onto clothes that were shapely, but needed something to make them beautiful and/or eye-catching.

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    Dec 14, 2009, 03.45 AMby icedancerxx

    I would make art prints of my artwork. My art consists of flowers and people in my own style. And I would print it in wild and strange colors. :]

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    Dec 13, 2009, 05.13 PMby patxi

    I would print a black cat, who represent my label.

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    Dec 13, 2009, 12.28 PMby wolfkit

    I would print designs suitable for period costumes as it is far too expensive to get anything that looks right, even if you can find it in the first place.

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    Dec 13, 2009, 12.12 PMby pikojiko

    I would print cute labels for my own creations-

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    Dec 12, 2009, 01.54 PMby flor-eme

    I Would print everything, every fabric.. and then I would do things like bags, clothes..pillows!

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    Dec 12, 2009, 01.43 PMby mcs0815

    my dog’s photograph

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    Dec 12, 2009, 10.00 AMby misslollo

    I would print dressmaking pattern, a complicated one!

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    Dec 12, 2009, 04.42 AMby spiritpeh

    I would print artwork from my daughter (a great artist) and my grandchildren ranging from 5 to 12. The work they have created is outstanding! All of their art teachers have said they are very talented, and we encourage them constantly. I have taked to them about creating originals fabric and paper prints, and they really want to learn. I’d love to learn a better way to do this also

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    Dec 12, 2009, 04.24 AMby retretretretretret

    I’d like to print jokes onto some fabric and make some sort of jumpsuit out of it. Hilarious!

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    Dec 12, 2009, 04.14 AMby tinishaann

    I will print something special for my son. I believe something that has Cars which he loves.

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    Dec 12, 2009, 12.59 AMby suz123

    I would print leaves and ferns on some linen—it would make a nice sundress.

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    Dec 11, 2009, 09.36 PMby caitlinjoanna

    I would print lily pads and flying fish and lilies and dragon flies! oh my!

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    Dec 11, 2009, 09.07 PMby northernharper

    I would print my own version of japanese kimono fabric to make cute summer kimonos for my nieces.

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    Dec 11, 2009, 05.56 PMby sommi06

    i will print feathers

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    Dec 11, 2009, 05.46 PMby thriftysue

    I’d print little napkins and linens for my new home:)

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    Dec 11, 2009, 04.54 PMby amyleslie

    this is just what i need! while preparing to sew some roman blinds for my bedroom, i tacked up a couple afghans over the windows. now, i desperately want to recreate the look and pattern of the afghans on the roman blinds. i think i’ll need to print the fabric and i don’t know where to start!

    in short, i’ll be printing roman blinds for my bedroom!

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    Dec 11, 2009, 04.38 PMby sharonhoyle

    I would print leaves.


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    Dec 11, 2009, 03.56 PMby carlyflower

    I would print ivy patterns on cream colored fabric.

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    Dec 11, 2009, 03.13 PMby aisling1331

    Right now, for Christmas, I’d print a holiday pattern incorporating each grandchild’s name on a separate piece of fabric and use them for gift wrap.

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    Dec 11, 2009, 02.19 PMby glassic

    Hello Everyone, All your answers are excellent. I believe mine could not hold a candle to yours. So here it is. I would make they Northern star. So people would continue to have hope though out the year.

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