How to Use an Embroidery Hoop to Screen Print

I’m always so impressed by (and admittedly a little bit jealous of) the resourcefulness of other artists. While I was looking through the February/March 2016 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine, I came across an article by Lynn Krawczyk where she shares a few different screen printing methods that don’t require you to make your own screen. One of the three methods she shares uses an embroidery hoop in lieu of a screen printing frame–what a great idea!

Screen printing with embroidery hoops is an easy and cost-effective way to try this surface design mainstay. All you need to get started is an embroidery hoop, about a fat quarter of Speedball screen printing fabric (110 mesh) or a sheer polyester fabric, a paintbrush, Mod Podge®, a foam brush, and screen printing ink.

Here are the 6 steps to screen printing with embroidery hoops:

Suspend the hoop on the edges of some paint jars so the Mod Podge can dry from both sides.

1. Cut the screen fabric about 3″ larger than the hoop you’re using–a 10″ square will cover a 7″ hoop.

2. Place the screen fabric in the hoop and gently stretch it taut.

3. Using a paintbrush, create a design or pattern with the Mod Podge on the inside of the screen. The Mod Podge will block the mesh of the screen, so only the unpainted areas will print. Work slowly and use an even layer of Mod Podge. Allow the screen to dry completely.

4. Place the hoop on the fabric, dip a foam brush into the paint, and paint over the screen.

Vary the quality of printing by applying heavy or light pressure with the foam brush during printing.

5. Continue printing, as desired.

6. When you are done, remove the fabric from the hoop, wash it out with water and hang it to dry.

It’s just that simple! The great part is you probably own most, if not all, of the materials involved in this screen printing technique. Plus, this is fun for all ages; so you can easily make this an entertaining art activity for the kids and adventurous adults in your life.

If you want to learn more about contemporary screen printing artists, low-tech surface design techniques, popular portrait quilts, and so much more, order or download your copy of Quilting Arts Magazine February/March 2016 today.

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