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Carol Anne Grotrian                                                                                                     back to Workshops   



Portable Print Table (a lightweight padded surface suitable for various textile processes

1.Before coming to class: Sandwich 1 layer of styrofoam or foam insulation between 2 sheets of cardboard.  Layers should be about 27” x 24”. The foam should be about 1” thick . Thinner foam can be layered.  Cardboard  can be spliced.  Secure the layers with short duct tape “tabs” --from top over edge across foam to bottom are sufficient, a couple on each side.


2.Before coming to class: Cut the following and bring to class with the taped cardboard and foam:

scraps of quilt batting or layers of felt or flannel, 3-4 pieces, approx. 36” x 30” each

heavy gauge plastic, not textured (oil cloth,drop cloth, etc. ), 1 piece approx. 36” x 30”

cotton muslin fabric, 1 piece approx. 36” x 30” (to use as drop  cloth)

3. Also bring to class extra duct tape.

Optional: prepare materials to make 2 print tables, to have more opportunities to experiment with potato dextrin.


For Dextrin Resist (bring to class)

plastic containers ( 1 quart or 1  pint plus a couple smaller, e.g. yogurt-sized; not reusable for food)

plastic spoons (a couple)

plastic putty knife (1 1/2” preferred, hardware store)

spreaders or stucco combs (optional, from hardware or paint supply store)

foam brushes (1” to 1 1/2”, several)

T pins or straight pins

xacto knife

contact paper, 1/2 - 1 yd


For Pole Wrapping (bring to class)

pvc pipe, non-perforated, 2” - 3” diameter, cut in 24” - 30” lengths (bring 2-3)

string: varied weights (e.g. nylon thread, button & carpet thread, kite string, postal twine, jute, etc.)

masking tape,  no wider than 1/2”

needle & thread (poly cotton okay or button & carpet )

small spray bottle

plastic bucket (from hardware/paint store, good for carrying stuff to class, any size)


General Supplies (bring to class)

fabric: 3 - 4 yds 100% white, bleached or unbleached,  cotton, untreated, pre washed & pressed (no stain resists, etc.)

scissors (all purpose, not good sewing scissors)

dust mask

rubber gloves (household a la Playtex, surgical weight optional)

old towel

a couple of plastic bags (e.g.. grocery, trash, etc.)

wear old clothes


There will be a materials fee of $15.  If you have any  questions, contact Carol Anne at

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