I am totally chuffed- linocutting is a passion and I have long looked with admiration at some of the incredibly detailed linocuts that people have made but never thought that i could do such detail. So I wanted to make a cat linocut as people have been asking me if I have any animal panels- I used to do them once in the Otway past. So I took some photos of my friend Christine's cat- she has lovely patterning- so here is Bali:
Then I made a linocut which I tested on paper first- the details comes out great on paper even with textile printing ink.I did not reverse the image and i widened the eyes a little. But how will it print on fabric where you do lose some of that fine detail.
The one on the plainer green fabric came out with more details- but a lot of the fine detail of the paper print is lost- should I cut away more or rely on embroidery to bring it out again? I will try the embroidery first before i cut away more. The detail seems almost entirely lost on the more patterned hand dyed fabric, though it too may come out more with embroidery and stitching.
I am also starting a Travellers' Blanket on-line class on 1 July so still plenty of time to enroll! Contact me if you are interested and I will send you details. I am also thinking of running another linocutting on-line class - again contact me if you are interested.