"Silk Screened" Groomsman's Ties

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

I wanted to buy ties off of Etsy that were silk screened with the grooms-people's monograms... unfortunately the seller did not respond to any of my emails requesting pricing and some more specific information... So, I sent the ties to Toronto to be screened, but we could only find people who could do the iron-on-transfers... I decided I'd just have to do it myself.

So I googled "DIY Silk screening" or something along those lines, and found a great tutorial on how to turn a piece of organza, some Mod Podge, and an embroidery hoop into a silk screen. I picked up some fabric ink and voila.

Essentially, all you do is paint around the "negative space" with a thick enough layer of glue to fill in all of the holes. I then scraped a generous layer of the "ink" over the screen (after it had dried), and you have your image. It would have been easier with some emulsion, but this was the next best thing.

I've really enjoyed printing on fabric - like I did with my buntings (just used a paper stencil for those), and I'm going to start experimenting with some more "complicated" screening, using different colours and screens.

It's hard to believe but we're only 30 some odd days until the wedding... Sunday afternoon was my Bridal Shower which was unbelievably amazing. My cousin went above and beyond and set her already beautiful up like a country tea-party, with a variety of iced teas and the most delicious food. I was spoiled beyond belief with gifts, and received the nicest "guest book" signed by all of the generous ladies who attended - so many of them had such nice things to say about me, it brought a tear to my eye when I read it after I got home. Dan's Mom gave me an heirloom dress, made by her aunt - it's beautiful and I'd like to wear it the day after the wedding.

I feel somewhat undeserving of all of this attention, just because I'm getting married, but I am enjoying it! It's nice to be reminded that you're loved.


  1. I've done some silk screening in the past before (http://teakipost.blogspot.com/2010/12/silk-screening.html)and always found the hardest part was raising the screen after applying the paint just right so there was no smears. But once you get use to it it's pretty fun.

    This new method seems rather interesting and I think I'll have to give it a try. :)

  2. Love it!

    This method is very easy, especially if you don't have any real supplies handy. Mod Podge is a staple in any crafters tool kit, and who doesn't have some old voile or organza laying around?

    The only problem is... it's totally addicting. I want to print everything!


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