2023-06-10 - Block Printing on Fabric and Paper



Saturday, June 10 (9:00 am-Noon, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm)



Kjersti Faret



This is an in-person class hosted at the Vesterheim Folk Art School in Decorah, Iowa.


Interested in creating reproducible art? Block printing is an old craft still used today. You can use it to create patterns on fabric and/or multi layered imagery on paper. This class’s aim will be to create your own small lino or rubber block to print on both materials. Together we will:

  • Discuss a brief history of block printing through the years and examples of some Scandinavian artists who used this technique.

  • Practice how best to make marks before embarking on your design.

  • Explore pre-drawn designs to carve (inspired by the Vesterheim Museum’s collection) or guidance on creating your own small block design.

  • Have plenty of carving time.

  • Watch a printing demo on fabric and paper and to print yourself!


This class is offered as an optional connection to the class Hand Quilting with Caitlyn McLaughlin on Sunday, June 11. Taking both classes is not mandatory, but we will highlight the fabric printed in this class in our quilt blocks.


Level of Instruction:



We will be using traditional block carving tools for this class. Everyone will need their own set. They are available in a wide range of prices, but Speedball brand offers a set that comes with five different carving tips. This is a good beginner kit because you can get many different shapes for a wide range of carving options. Order this kit for pickup through a Decorah local art store Cardboard Robot and receive 10% off! Call or email Cardboard Robot and mention this class to receive this discount.

Please wear clothes that are okay to get a little dirty. You may bring an apron if you like.  

Enrollment Deadline: 

May 19, 2023


Learn more about instructor Kjersti Faret here.


Please read our COVID-19 Policies here.

The Folk Art School greatly values the health and safety of its learners, teachers, and staff and is continuously monitoring local and national COVID-19 statistics, government recommendations, and peer institution guidelines. As with any activity in a public place, there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 infection, please stay home. By registering for a class, attending a program, or visiting the Folk Art School, you voluntarily assume all risks related to COVID-19 exposure and assume them willingly and you agree to follow Vesterheim's COVID-19 policies. Thank you for your continued patience, understanding, and respect for the safety of our community as we navigate these difficult times. If you have additional questions, please contact the Folk Art School, at folkartschool@vesterheim.org or call 563-382-9681.

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