IDT Session 9 / Potato Print Scarf


Hello everyone! It’s Monday and I hope your day gets a little brighter by looking at these photos from the Potato Print Session! I had a lot of fun with this. I started by sewing the scarf itself. It’s made out of a light and airy cotton gauze material. I made this scarf 7 ft long because I like really long scarves for extra wrapping capabilities.

When the scarf was ready to print on, I took 2 baking potatoes and cut them in half. I used a knife to cut out the lines to make the feather/leaf design but you could also use potters’ tools or other kitchen utensils to get the job done. Then I painted the carved potato with metallic black fabric paint. I used a foam brush however a small roller may also be used. Then I placed the scarf on a hard surface and started printing, alternating the shapes. I chose to let the pattern be somewhat random.  I needed to repaint the potato after each print. After all of the printing was completed I let the fabric paint dry for 4 hours as directed. Then, voila! My scarf was finished and ready to wear!

This was such a satisfying project and I can imagine some spectacular adventures with print making in my future!

Thanks for stopping by! The next session is this Friday at Ada Hayden Heritage Park in Ames from 9-10 am. The project will be Toy Making/ Research. I’m excited about this project as well! Have a great day!

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