Surface Design: Block Printing Repeat Patterns

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2023
  • Thursday, April 20, 2023
  • 2 sessions
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2023, 9:30 AM 4:30 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, April 20, 2023, 9:30 AM 4:30 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code: FI041923CS
  • 4


  • $276 Tuition & $90 Materials Fee
  • $213 Tuition & $90 Materials Fee


    Registration closes April 14th


Learn the basics of designing and block printing your own repeat pattern designs on textiles.

About this Class

Explore the endlessly creative potential of surface design on textiles in this class for anyone who would love to learn the art of block printing and creating repeat patterns on textiles. It is the slowest process of printing and, once mastered, quite rewarding, showing the artisan’s touch. These techniques date back to ancient civilizations but still stand the test of time in their popularity.

We'll begin the process by designing a simple motif within the confines of a small square, which will then be carved. We'll discuss mixing pigments and the various ways of designing, registering, and repeating motifs when printing on fabric. Then the fun part: testing and printing your design to create various repeat patterns. Demonstrations will help guide you through the entire process all the way through heat-setting.


  • Skill Level: Beginning
  • A $90 material kit fee is included in the cost of this class and contains pigments for printing, blocks for carving, table pad, foam for inking, basic tools, and textiles. Materials students need to provide are listed below.
  • The printing process requires standing and leaning over a table so, in addition to hand strength, a strong back and comfortable shoes are strongly suggested.
  • Registration closes April 14.
  • Bring a sack lunch There is a refrigerator and microwave on the lower level.


Students will take home their own hand-printed bandana with their unique design as well as the skills to continue exploring the process on their own. 


Students need to bring:
  • 2-3 clear deli containers with tight fitting lids (for mixing pigments)
  • Apron and/or work clothes (pigments will stain clothes)
  • Sketchbook and pencil w/eraser
  • Sharpies
  • Tracing paper (optional)
  • Comfortable shoes

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.


    Christa Schoenbrodt is a life-long Middle Tennessean and has lived a life of creativity. Paper was often her preferred surface as a printmaker and graphic design studio owner (Studio Haus). Then she learned the artistry of block-printing repeat patterns and textile design, which merged perfectly with her design sensibilities. The slower, more experimental pace of hand-printing repeat patterns presented great surprises and opportunities to accept the “imperfections” inherent in the process. She works with textiles using not only block-printing processes but also digital design, silkscreen, Cyanotype and, more recently, sewing.

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