Fabric Block Printing and Pattern Design: A Deep Dive

May 31 – June 4, 2023
9 am to 5 pm


Explore the magic of designing and block printing your own fabric and fabric items. Start by creating designs on paper, transfer them to a rubber block you will carve, and print on fabric. Learn how to design patterns and make them repeat, how to optimize your inking, and fine-tune your carving skills. Leave with an array of your own hand-printed textiles you have created from start to finish and the knowledge to continue printing on fabric at home. All levels welcome.

Skills and Techniques:

• Repeat Pattern Design
• Carving
• Printing Repeat Patterns
• Multiple Inking Techniques

Materials Fee: Approximately $100 Paid directly to the instructor.

Special Tools or Equipment: Students may bring their own carving tools if they like, but instructor will provide if needed. Students should bring a plain t-shirt or sweatshirt that lies flat and does not have ruffles or darts. If the sweatshirt has pockets please choose one where the pockets are stitched on the outside. Students can also bring any fabrics they have and would like to print. Please pre-wash all fabric items and do not use dryer sheets or fabric softener.

Instructors COVID preference: Your instructor reserves the right to require safety requirements depending on the state of the pandemic at the time of the workshop.

Workshop Policies

Please be sure to read our policies before you register for a workshop.

Age Requirements

The minimum age to attend a regularly scheduled workshop is 16 years. We have set this age to ensure a safe, productive, and community-building experience for all of our students. There are no exceptions.

Accessibility & Accommodations

If you have questions about accessibility or would like to request reasonable accommodations, please contact our main office at 603-435-7314.

Student Cancellations

Cancellations must be made at least 30 days prior to the start date of a workshop in order to receive a refund. Registration and material costs will be refunded, minus a non-refundable $25.00 registration fee. A full refund will be made for any amount paid for overnight housing.

Sanborn Mills Farm Cancellations

Each workshop must have a minimum number of students to be held. If Sanborn Mills Farm finds it necessary to cancel a workshop, we will notify students two weeks prior to the scheduled workshop start date. A full refund will be provided to registered students. Refunds for a workshop purchased as a gift will be made to the purchaser only. Sanborn Mills Farm cannot be held responsible for any refunds for travel expenses or for off-site housing expenses incurred as the result of a cancellation of any kind.

Housing & Meals

Please refer to our housing page for more information.


Each workshop has its own safety procedures. Your instructor will review the specific safety requirements at the start of your workshop and throughout your class. Sanborn Mills Farm is a rural setting. If you are allergic to insect bites, please alert your instructor of your allergy and bring an epipen with you. For draft animal workshops or courses requiring time in the woods, be sure to review tick safety procedures from Tick Free NH. We advise students to wear comfortable clothing, comfortable and secure shoes, and consider your personal needs for a day or extended stay.