Category: Printing and Dyeing Tutorial

Tutorial: Wine Cork Button Stamp

wine cork button stamp

Tutorial: Wine Cork Button Stamp | The Zen of Making

Crafts and booze? What could be better?! Imbibe, then get your make on with this quick and easy wine cork button stamp tutorial.

Supplies:
* Wine cork (If you don’t drink wine, you can buy recycled corks here.)
* Button, slightly smaller than your wine cork

Tools:
* Stamp carving tool with a #1 (small v) tip
* Tailor’s awl
* Ultra fine point permanent marker

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Tutorial: Wine Cork Button Stamp | The Zen of Making

Step 1
Select a wine cork with a smooth, flat end. Clean it thoroughly and allow it to dry completely before use.

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Tutorial: Acorn Block Printed Napkins

Tutorial: Acorn Block Printed Napkins | The Zen of Making

Make a set of autumn-inspired acorn-patterned cloth napkins with my new block printed napkin tutorial and free downloadable template! (Hand-printed napkins make perfect holiday and hostess gifts!)

Tutorial: Acorn Block Printed Napkins | The Zen of Making

Supplies:
* Acorn block printing template PDF
* Printing block
* Block printing ink
* Cotton cloth napkins (or sew your own)

Tools:
* Linoleum cutting tool
* Sponge paintbrush
* Paper plate or paint tray
* Iron and ironing board
* Pencil
* Printer

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Tutorial: Acorn Block Printed Napkins | The Zen of Making

Step 1
Print out the acorn block printing template PDF and trace over the lines of the acorn shape with a heavy pencil line. Place the template face down on the block then use your fingernail to rub the design into the block. (For more detailed transfer and carving instructions, check out my block printed cat pattern t-shirt tutorial.)

Tutorial: Acorn Block Printed Napkins | The Zen of Making

Step 2
Use the linoleum cutting tool to carve the block using the transferred outlines as a guide.

Tutorial: Acorn Block Printed Napkins | The Zen of Making

Step 3
To prepare the napkins for printing, fold each napkin on the dotted lines pictured above and press each crease with an iron. When you’re finished, the creases should create a visible grid that will help you with your print placement.

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Tutorial: Modern Block Printed Napkins

Tutorial: Modern Block Printed Napkins | The Zen of Making

Make a set of quirky cloth napkins with a modern spoon, fork, and knife pattern with my new block printed napkin tutorial and free downloadable template!

Tutorial: Modern Block Printed Napkins | The Zen of Making

Supplies:
* Napkin Block Printing Template PDF
* Unbleached cotton muslin, four 16" x 16" squares
* Permanent marker, fine tip
* Fabric marker, water or air soluble
* Fabric paint, navy blue
* Foam sheet
* Amazing GOOP craft adhesive
* Thread, red
* Cork tile
* Scrap paper for ironing

Tools:
* Craft knife
* Quilting ruler
* Sponge paintbrush
* Iron and ironing board
* Sewing machine or serger (a needle and thread is okay too)
* Printer

**Please note that the links provided above are affiliate links, and I will be compensated if you choose to make a purchase after clicking through.**

Step 1
Print the Napkin Block Printing Template PDF, then use a craft knife to carefully cut out the center of each shape using the printed lines as a guide.

Step 2
Place the cut out template on top of a foam sheet, then use a fine tip marker to trace the shapes onto the foam.

Step 3
Use a craft knife to cut out the foam shapes, then mount them on the cork tile with craft adhesive.

Allow the glue to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
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Video: Dyeing Yarn with Sharpie Markers at Lion Brand Yarn

Did you know that you can dye your own custom yarn with Sharpie markers and a little bit of water? If the answer is no, then I’m about to blow your mind!

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, then you already know that I spent yesterday afternoon hanging out at Lion Brand Yarn. I, along with a select group of fiber-happy bloggers, got to take a tour of the studio and offices, check out some fancy new yarns, and eat a spectacular dinner at Mesa Grill. (Big thanks to LBY for a fantastic event!) As we wrapped up a delightful afternoon of yarn-tastic goodness, Zontee—whom you may recognize from the LBY video tutorials—sat us down for a little hands-on crafting time. Much to our delight, she showed us an easy way to dye our own yarn using Sharpie permanent markers. (If you’ve got kids, you’ll definitely want to give it a try.) The process is a little bit messy, but the results are totally worth it!

Check out my video of Zontee’s demonstration to see how it’s done:

Since the audio’s a little glitchy in the video (I shot it with my iPhone), here’s a quick overview of the process that Zontee described. Please forgive my (very obvious) marker manicure obsession. Turns out, during this part of the day, I mostly took pics of my fingers.

Supplies:
* Yarn blank (In the workshop, we used Lion Brand Yarn Fishermen’s Wool knitted up on their knitting machine. You can hand knit your own or order ready-made blanks from shops like KnitPicks.)
* Sharpie chisel-tip permanent markers

Tools:
* Iron and ironing board
* Plastic tray
* Spray bottle filled with water

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Step 1
Gather a yarn blank, a spray bottle filled with water, and a handful of sharpie markers, then situate the yarn blank inside a plastic tray so you don’t get color all over your workspace.
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