I was recently invited to Thornback & Peel‘s studio, which is in Cockpit Arts, Holborn, for an evening of screen printing, to make my very own Thornback & Peel cushion. Being a bit of a print-addict, I was there in a flash! The first step was to choose our pattern and our fabric from the gorgeous selection above. I went for a spotty fabric and a grey rabbit – a popular choice it would transpire!
The patterns had already been transferred onto the screens creating a stencil, so the next step was to place our screens over the fabric and load them up with ink. I went for grey.
Luckily Juliet (Thornback) and Delia (Peel) were on hand, because I’m a bit rusty at this!
The ink is then pulled across the screen with a squeegee (love that word!), forcing the ink through the holes of the pattern and onto the fabric beneath.
Our little bunnies were then hung up to dry on a simple washing line and we retired for an amazing dinner in the Thornback & Peel shop just around the corner. Every member of the extended team had made and brought along a different dish, resulting in an amazing ‘pot luck supper’ made even more special by the thought and effort that had gone into it.
Meanwhile, Thornback & Peel elves sewed up our cushions at lightening speed and they were ready for us to take home at the end of the evening. Here’s mine released back into his natural environment!
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