Hand-made Bedlinen Ideas

Like windows, floors and walls, the bed is another large, flat expanse and therefore an excellent area on which to display your hand-painted or printed textiles. Duvet covers, valances, sheets, pillow cases, bolsters and eider downs may all be decorated using any of the techniques you can apply to textile surface design – hand-painting, hand silkscreen-printing, batik, block-printing, stenciling etc.

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The main criteria for selecting fabric for bedlinen is to choose a soft and comfortable material, with some ability to resist creasing for ease of laundering.

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As an alternative to make your own bedlinen, you could decorate ready-made items. However, if you decide to do this, make sure that you place a piece of cardboard or thick paper between two layers of a duvet cover or pillowcase to prevent the paint from seeping through to the other layer.

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Cushions are an ideal project for beginners since they are small in scale, easy to handle and inexpensive to produce.

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