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Teatowel Fabric Testing


After our vegetables and trees fabric design competition, and finally trying to move on from my obsession with the Josef Frank Vegetable Trees design, I decided I would make some Vegetable Tree custom teatowels with our new 309gsm Half Panama Cotton, which I love. So I printed 3 x 50cm width, 70cm height tea towels on one width of this 150cm wide fabric.

My 3 tea towels were much easier to hem than our silk scarves are. I didn’t use a rolled hem foot, I just:

  1. folded each long edge in by half a centimetre, then half a centimetre again, and pressed it.
  2. folded each short edge in by half a centimetre, then half a centimetre again, and pressed it.
  3. Machine hemmed along each long edge.
  4. Machine hemmed along each short edge.

Then I decided I would use this as another fabric washing test opportunity. So I machine washed one of the tea towels at 30 degrees. And then, when I came to post about it, I realised that I could not tell which of the tea towels I had washed! (Can you tell in the picture above which tea towel has been washed?)

Washing Lacuna Press pigment ink printed custom fabric

In my experience of machine washing our fabric, large areas of dark, flat colour can be tricky – you can get white lines where the fabric has creased during the wash. On the other hand, I have loads of Lacuna Press custom printed lawn handkershiefs that I routinely wash at 90 degrees in a normal wash, and although they faded slightly on the first wash, as colours often will, other than that they are still going strong.

And then again, I recently threw away the tea towels I got printed just over a year ago from a reactive dye custom printer (purchased for test and comparison purposes – because Lacuna Press is a pigment dye fabric printer) because the colours seemed to end up merging together somehow, or losing some essential boundary between each other, and they became too dreary and faded to have in the kitchen.

I will keep you posted on how my vegetable tree tea towels continue to fare.

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Featured Textile Designer: Aleksandra Lejman


We have enjoyed printing Aleksandra’s wonderful painted flowers over the last year, and are so pleased she has shared with us here the story of her upholstered chair. Thanks Aleksandra!

The Starting Point was This Old Chair
The Starting Point was This Old Chair

The Mythical Fern Flower

Words and pictures copyright of Aleksandra Lejman

My main aim was to design and produce a professional fabric for upholstery. I was inspired by my old chair found at a car boot sale. The chair was in poor condition so I wanted to renew it and give a breath of something new created by me. That’s why I focused on designing the right fabric for upholstery.

Some of us are familiar with the story of a magical fern flower which blooms for a very short time on the eve of the Summer solstice. The flower brings fortune and luck to person who finds it. My fabrics inspired by mentioned fern flower are a pencil drawing and they have been developed with Adobe Photoshop and then printed digitally.

Drawing the Flower





The Finished Chair at My Degree Show

Through a lot of samples and experiments with digital print I came up with my final fabric for upholstery.
I printed my design on to cotton sateen digitally and then contacted with a professional local upholsterer. He helped me to finish my old chair.

Finished chair - I'm really pleased with my final outcome
Finished chair – I’m really pleased with my final outcome

Ready stand for Degree Show
Ready stand for Degree Show

The Finished Chair at the Cornwall Design Fair

My works (my chair and fabrics) were shortlisted to go on display at the Cornwall Design Fair in Penzance! It is a high end contemporary crafts fair similar to the Bovey Tracey contemporary crafts fair.

My Upholstered Chair at the Craft Fair
My Upholstered Chair at the Design Fair

Aleksandra can be contacted via her blog: (link opens in new window)

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November Pattern Design Competition Winner

November Vegetables and Trees Competition Winner

Our winner, with 45 votes on our facebook page, is Lucy Smith, with her lovely Trees and Vegetables design – sillhouettes of leaves filled in with vegetable (cabbage leaf?) textures.

Thanks to everyone who joined in, for submitting your designs and for voting, and well done Lucy, and thank you for letting us list your designs in our designed fabric shop !

November Vegetables and Trees Competition Winner
November Vegetables and Trees Competition Winner