Beyond the Square: Block Printing Repeat Patterns

  • Friday, April 28, 2023
  • Saturday, April 29, 2023
  • 2 sessions
  • Friday, April 28, 2023, 9:30 AM 4:30 PM (PDT)
  • Saturday, April 29, 2023, 9:30 AM 4:30 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code: FI042823CS
  • 8


  • $276 Tuition & $65 Materials Fee
  • $213 Tuition & $65 Materials Fee


    Registration closes April 24th


Learn next-level methods of designing and block printing repeat patterns on textiles with shapes beyond a simple square.

About this Class

You’ve learned the art of block printing and creating repeat patterns on textiles by confining your design to a square. This workshop takes it to the next level using other shapes like triangles, parallelograms, and/or trapezoids. You'll also explore how to add a second color and even combine a completely different block design using a key block for greater variability. The results provide even greater opportunities for variations in repeating patterns.

If you've loved carving and printing your own designs but were confined to a square block, using other shapes and additional colors will allow even more exciting possibilities.


  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • A materials fee of $65 included in the cost of the class covers printing ink/pigments, textiles, and four blocks for carving. See below for what students need to bring.
  • The printing process requires standing and leaning over a table so, in addition to hand strength, a strong back and comfortable shoes are strongly suggested.
  • Bring a sack lunch. BARN has a refrigerator and microwave on the lower level.


Take home a hand-printed bandana with your own unique design.


Supplies students need to bring:

  • 2-3 clear deli containers with tight-fitting lids (for mixing pigments)
  • Apron and/or work clothes (pigments will stain clothes)
  • Sketchbook and pencil with eraser
  • Sharpies
  • Tracing paper (optional)
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Table pad
  • Foam for inking
  • Block carving gouches, Exacto blades and handle


Block Printing for Textiles Workshop held Nov. 11 or April 19, or some experience with repeat pattern block printing. 

Class Policies


    Christa Shoenbrodt is a lifelong Middle Tennessean and has lived a life of creativity. Paper was often her preferred surface as a printmaker and graphic design studio owner (Studio Haus). Then she learned the artistry of block-printing repeat patterns and textile design - skills that merged perfectly with her design sensibilities. The slower, more experimental pace of hand-printing repeat patterns presented great surprises and opportunities to accept the “imperfections” inherent in the process. She works with textiles using not only block-printing processes but also digital design, silkscreen, Cyanotype and more recently, sewing.

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