It took me a few years to finally get around to ordering a woodblock and textile paint but once I had my hands on all the supplies the gratification was almost instant. The pillow shown here (in the foreground next to Peter Dunham's Kashmir Paisley) was made with a section of natural linen block-printed by a middle school student.
Dharma Trading -- navy, turquoise and white -- and then played around with mixes. Basically, we followed Elizabeth James' printing tips to the letter.
[Hand-carved wood textile block available through Etsy.]
If you're drawn to the idea of hand-printing some fabric for a pillow but think the imperfections inherent with lining up stripes will bother you, a block with one large free-form motif is a great choice.
[Indian woodblock available at Pacific & Rose.]
Just stamp away until you achieve an imprint you're satisfied with, being careful to leave an ample expanse of unstamped fabric surrounding what will become the "stamped medallion" of your pillow.
For an array of animal stamps, click here.
For sewing tutorials, visit The Long Thread.
To see Geobeats' behind-the-scenes tour of The Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, click here. Also of interest, The Zucchi Collection, home to 56,000 antique and vintage printing blocks.
Related past post: Upholstered Sawhorse Desk.