* accidentally cool Gocco scarf

Posted on December 26th, 2010 by maitreya. Filed under Gocco/L Letterpress.

I got a nice bolt of knit fabric at a church sale last weekend and decided to make scarves for my mom, sisters, and friends.  Becket got me a silkscreened knit scarf for my birthday a few years ago, and I love it to pieces.  It does curl up at the edges quite a bit, so I tried cutting the scarf on the perpendicular bias.  Not sure how that will wear, but at least it’s not curling.

I spent a week trying to figure out what design to print on them with my Gocco.  I initially wanted some sort of doily pattern, but I couldn’t find one I liked enough (though I almost got the Print A Day Doodles and Lace pack).  I also tried drawing some ala Bella Dia’s mandala tote.  Alas, not good enough.  But, as part of my doodling, I had been tracing around graduated cookie cutters to make nice concentric circles to use as guides.  I thought just rings of dots would be neat looking, so I used a big sharpie to just follow the penciled lines.  Experienced Gocco-ers will notice that there’s a problem brewing.  The screens react to carbon, and guess what has carbon in it?  Graphite!  What a dummy.  Anyway, I thought I’d see what it looked like printed just for the hell of it.  I’m down to just one more pack of Gocco screens, so each one is precious.


It looked not so bad, actually!  So I went for it.  A cluster of them looks perhaps even better.  So I did one end with a single motif and the other end with a cluster.


I left the selvedges on to keep them from curling/unraveling.  I figure if it bugs anybody, they can trim it.

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