Stencil printing and pattern designing on fabric with Pauline Greuell

Ref: SLW29447

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About this course

Learn about stencil printing your own fabrics, covering how to design motifs and print repeating patterns using different stencil and brush techniques. Create fabrics to use in home décor, garments or products.

Course Description

This workshop will teach you to stencil print your own fabrics. You will learn how to design your own motifs, transform them into stencils, print with them using different kinds of brush techniques and make repeating patterns using registration techniques for stencil printing.

After the workshop, you will be ready to do your own designing and pattern making at home for home décor, garments and art, or for making products in case you have your own small business. Stencil printing does not require you to have a lot of expensive equipment or to use toxic materials. It is a technique that you can easily continue to do by yourself even in a limited space.

The first part of the workshop is built around using brush techniques with simple stencils to create different effects and depth in your designs. You will be using them to create a number of different kinds of tossed patterns.

In the second part of the workshop, how to make more complex motifs will be introduced by using multiple stencils to build them.

The third part of the workshop is about designing simple repeating patterns and stencil printing them with the use of registration techniques for stencil printing.

You can expect to use nature as inspiration for part of the time, as well as working with abstract motifs. The technique of stencil printing can be used in all styles and for all kinds of patterns, and you will be very welcome to choose your own inspiration for designing and printing.

Waterbased, non-toxic ink for screenprinting and printing on cotton, as well as linen will be used. You will be able to take home a series of printed samples, as well as some finished prints of 20 x 20 inches.

The workshop comes with a reader that describes all the techniques and practices that we will use.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • All materials will be supplied for use on the course including 2 metres of cotton calico, 1 metre of natural linen, printing inks, paste and stencil printing brushes.

What students need to bring

  • An apron/overalls, protective gloves (or other suitable protective clothing) is also essential
  • Suitable non-slip covered footwear
  • Fabric and paper scissors, if you have them
  • Any design inspiration or a natural object you may wish to work from – optional

Additional information

Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. Safety boots, if specified.


Pauline Greuell

Pauline Greuell is a self-taught fabric printer, surface pattern designer and teacher. She has developed her own techniques in stencil printing and has been teaching them over the past few years, working with Selvedge Magazine as well as with other partners and on Zoom. Her designs are being licensed for interior design fabrics in the UK.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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