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Chinese Character Door Mat Version 2

Chinese Character Screenprinted Door Mat
Last weekend I tried out a revised design for a Chinese character door mat, this time using just two characters, 欢迎 meaning welcome. I also went for larger sized characters than in my previous design.

Chinese Character Screenprinted Door Mat

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Panda Door Mat

Geek Chic Panda Door Mat
I had a go at screen printing my panda-in-glasses design onto a door mat last weekend. Here it is photographed in our living room.

Geek Chic Panda Door Mat
Geek Chic Panda Door Mat


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Chinese Character Door Mat

Chinese Character Screen Printed Door Mat

Having screen printed some tote bags with Chinese characters I thought they might also look good on a door mat. This door mat features the characters 欢迎你 and lets guests know they are welcome. The door mat itself is shop bought with a screen printed design added by me.

These are available to buy from my Etsy store.

欢迎你 Screen Printed Welcome Doormat


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Geek Chic Panda

Homemade Plush Panda

I really enjoy making toys. I try to make more sensible items, but I always get drawn back because toys are definitely the most fun thing to make & to share.

I had a sudden urge to make pandas so came up with the two designs pictured. A panda sporting glasses and another with a bow tie. They have screen printed faces and were sewn by hand.

They’re available from my Etsy shop.

Homemade Plush Panda
Homemade Plush Panda
Homemade Plush Panda


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袋 Chinese Character Totes

袋 Screen Printed Shopping Bag
Last Friday it started snowing here in the UK and it’s been intermittently snowing since. I took advance of an afternoon off work – we were sent home due to travel issues – to do some screen printing. One of the items I printed were tote bags featuring the Chinese character for bag, 袋 (pronounced Dài in Mandarin).

I printed the design on a basic cotton tote and a canvas tote with gusset using blue ink. You can see the bags (and the snow) in the pictures below. They are also available from my Etsy shop.

袋 Screen Printed Shopping Bag
袋 Screen Printed Shopping Bag


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Sleepy Cat & Proud Fox Doorstops

Handmade Plush Doorstop

Making the most of the last few days of my Christmas holiday I made a selection of doorstops. I made them in two designs, a sleepy cat and a rather proud looking fox. I screen printed the images in blue ink onto three different fabrics – a white, pale yellow and stripy Laura Ashley fabric. The doorstops were then backed with alternative fabrics in contrasting colours, and stuffed with toy stuffing, except the bases which were stuffed with gravel to give them sufficient weight to stand and serve as doorstops. They’re available in my Etsy store.

Handmade Plush Doorstop
Handmade Plush Doorstop