Friday, 5 October 2012

Staphorster Stipwerk - Charming Hand Prints from the Netherlands

I had a lovely present of a special pincushion for my birthday. It is special because it is a super example of a printing technique employed by the people of Staphorst in the Netherlands to decorate their traditional clothes.

The charming prints are made with simple tools of pins or nails embedded in a cork or similar. The heads of the pins can then be dipped in a dye and transferred to cloth or other media such as wood or paper to create a never-ending combination of patterns.

The young girl above has a hood printed with a flowers-in-basket design.

Above you can see a young woman at work. She is also wearing a traditional hood.

If you are visiting the Netherlands - do take time to visit.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this introduction to this simple, yet so sophisticated printing technique. Stamping has so many possibilities!

    Best wishes.