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Playing with Pattern: Block Carving and Printing on Fabric

November 3 - 9, 2024

Jeanne Brady  ·  website

Workshop Overview

In this workshop, students will learn and explore the art of relief block carving and pattern printing on fabric. Students will learn how to design from simple sketches and shapes, successfully carve multiple linoleum blocks, mix a variety of color palettes, ink your blocks, and print an array of unique patterns on fabric using transparent non-toxic textile pigments with infinite color mixing options. Students will leave with a collection of their own hand printed textiles and carved blocks that they created from start to finish. Carving is done with a basic set of inexpensive tools that last a lifetime.


  • Designing from basic pencil sketches
  • Safe and successful carving of linoleum blocks with cutting tools
  • Proper inking and printing of the blocks onto fabric
  • Color mixing


  • Paper, pencils, Sharpie markers, transfer carbon paper
  • Wood mounted linoleum blocks
  • Speedball carving tool set
  • Soft stamping foam
  • Water-based textile pigments
  • A variety of smooth texture


  • How to design for a repeat pattern
  • How to carve linoleum blocks
  • How to mix color and print on fabric
  • A collection on hand printed fabrics from their own designs and the blocks they carved



Fees exclude housing and meal plans. Review housing options here.

Artist Bio

Jeanne Brady is an artist, master gardener, and educator living in central Tennessee. She has a BFA in Printmaking/Drawing, and an MFA in Surface & Textile Design from East Carolina University. Jeanne is Professor Emerita of Fibers from Tennessee Tech University’s Appalachian Center for Craft where she built and ran the program for nineteen years. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Germany, and has been published in Surface Design Journal, American Craft, and Southern Living magazine. Jeanne has taught workshops at Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft, John C. Campbell Folk School, Appalachian Center for Craft, Penland, the Contemporary Craft Museum in Pittsburgh, PA, and in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Screen printing, block carving and printing, and drawing are Jeanne’s loves and areas of expertise. She currently creates screen and block printed textiles for joyful daily use in the kitchen, the garden, and for personal accessorizing using professional quality, non-toxic, color & wash-fast textile pigments. Jeanne sells her work through the Appalachian Center for Craft Gallery and on her website: jeannebrady.studio.

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In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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