DIY Navajo Print

This is my article in the June issue of

DIY Navajo Print

June 1, 2013

There are always a lot of choices for patterns in summer but Navajo seems to be everybody’s favor­ite this season.

The Navajo pattern comes from the Indian tribe in the southwest US, talented weavers who create beautiful combinations of pattern and color.
If you want to make your own Navajo pattern, however, there are easier ways than weaving one. You will need a pencil, a ruler, paper, scissors, pins, textile paint, a paintbrush and the piece you want to print (preferably made out of cotton).
1. Sketch the desired pattern (you can find plenty of ideas on the Internet) on paper, then cut out the parts you want to be colored.
2. Lay your self-made stencil over the fabric, but be sure to place cardboard below what you are color­ing so as not to stain anything else.
3. Secure the stencil with pins and use your paint­brush to color in the pattern.
4. Let the paint dry and repeat this step as many times as you want in order to create your own Navajo pattern.


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