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Botanical Fabric Printing with Sue Fierston

  • 23 Oct 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • 6908 Bel Air Rd, Natural History Society of MD
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Vines, leaves, and vegetables provide the basis for creating wonderful, evocative prints on fabric. This class features the use of colorful Versatex water-based printmaking ink, experimenting on cotton or cotton-blend fabrics.  You will get the opportunity to hand print as well as use a portable walking press –  so wear or bring a pair of favorite socks!  Bring flat leaves, large and small,  more will be provided.

You’ll learn the process and practice on muslin. After that, you can print on your own silk or cotton shirts, scarves or tote bags. The Versatex ink can be heat-set with an iron and washed, so the technique can be applied to other fabrics including linen and batik prints to make clothing, table runners, or fabric for quilts. If you would like a link to order your own good quality black cotton aprons (as in the image) or silk scarves, please email Sue at


TERMS and CONDITIONS: This is an adult only class. Because materials are prepared for each participant, cancellations with refund minus the cost of the materials ($15) will be applied if cancelled outside of 7 days of the course. Cancellations not accepted within a week of the course date.     Masks will be required. Food and drink inside the facility is prohibited. 

INSTRUCTOR: Sue Fireston is a printmaker and current president of the international Nature Printing Society. Who creates nature prints by hand and on a walking press using actual leaves and fish.   Sue spends about half her time giving workshops connecting people with nature and showing them how easy it is to celebrate the natural world.  She holds nature printmaking workshops in the spring and fall at the Smithsonian Associates and now for the Natural History Society of Maryland. Her prints and paintings can be seen on my website: and on Instagram at: @suefierston_leaves_three_ways.

In June 2020, Swinging Bridge Press published Sue Firestone’s book Into the Woods: Families Making Art With Nature. 


The Natural History Society of Maryland is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and contributions are tax-deductible.

The mission of the Natural History Society of Maryland is to foster stewardship of Maryland’s natural heritage by conserving its natural history collections, educating its citizenry, and inspiring its youth to pursue careers in the natural sciences.

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