British Clothing 1066 to Present Day

Block E - Block Printing

Study the history of clothing in Britain from 1066 through to the present day. Learn about the key changes in fashion, materials and manufacturing processes and gain an understanding of this aspect of social history in Britain. Finish your topic by meeting a design challenge brief and putting on a catwalk show!

Learn about the history of block printing and the block printed cottons of the 18th Century. Learn about the block printing technique and print your own fabric. Discover the textile industry machines of the 18th Century and the onset of the Industrial Revolution; finish the block by making an attractive wall hanging from your hand designed and block printed fabric.

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01: Making a print block

Learn about the history of block printing and block printed cottons of the 18th Century; design an image and convert your design to a print block.

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02: Block printing on fabric

Find out about the mass production of printed cottons in the 18th Century; learn about the block printing technique and print your own fabric; learn about the craft of patchwork and design a patchwork block; evaluate your fabric block print.

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03: Making a block print wall hanging

Discover the textile industry machines of the 18th Century and the onset of the Industrial Revolution; make an attractive wall hanging from your hand designed and block printed fabric.