Jitterbug Handmade was created out of a restless desire to design and print patterns.

Jitterbug Handmade is the creation of Jen Schier, a graphic/web designer with a background in art history. You can see her design work here.

In the summer of 2015, Jen began branching out further from graphic design and became interested in working with different media. Starting with watercolour and progressing into print making, everything came together with the first pattern she created using with one of her watercolour fruit paintings. Right away she found that pattern making was a medium she wanted to dive into it completely.

Wanting to create and print her own patterns on textiles, she realized block printing could be done easily at home with her own linocut stamps and hand-mixed inks. She’s been printing patterns and prints in her home studio ever since.

You can find her watercolour patterns which are now available as digitally printed fabrics here.

The art of linocut and block printing

Starting with a sketch, she carves the design into lino or soft rubber using a sharp tool called a burin.  

The rubber is then inked up and hand stamped onto the fabric (and later finished by sewing).

The result is the beauty of block printing –  every print is completely unique.