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1/21/13A Block-Print your home Giveaway

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It’s no secret how I feel about pattern. In my jungalow, the more pattern the better–and that is why I am SO excited to announce the biggest giveaway this blog has ever seen–and it’s all about block print! Block printing is a printing technique used widely throughout East Asia. In block printing, a wood block is cut away to create a stamp. Ink or fabric paints are then placed on the woodblock and carefully stamped on the fabrics to create a repeating pattern.

Today’s gargantuan giveaway includes the following goodies:

1. The new book of one of my very favorite designers, John Robshaw. His book, John Robshaw Prints, Textiles, Block Printing, Global Inspiration and Interiors  (from Chronicle Books) gives an peek into the designer’s creative process and techniques with the most amazing photos of artisans in India making the prints and seriously drool-inducing interior photos and…and…and–you just have to see it. It’s gorgeous.
2. A John Robshaw Notebook Collection (3 notebooks)
3. A John Robshaw Stationary Collection
4. Two pillow shams from one of my favorite textile companies, Aalamwaar Textiles.  I love Aalamwaar pieces because not only do they add a chic, global vibe to all interior spaces, but also becasue all of Aalamwaar products made on natural fabrics and are dyed using plant-derived  or  low environmental impact dyes, and they are committed to fair treatment for artisans.
5. A huge vintage, Indian block-print textile from my own collection (pictured on the bed) that can be used as a bed-spread, table-cloth curtain–or whatever your imagination dreams up!

Total retail value, $310

Here’s how to enter: Make sure you’re a follower of this blog, and then simply pin any of the above images onto Pinterest. Next leave a comment below sharing your favorite type of print–floral, gingham, plaid, polka dots?!? For additional comments, tweet, add additional pins or share the giveaway on facebook and leave a comment here with the URL. You may leave up to 4 comments. Entries must be posted by Tuesday, January 28th 5pm PST.  The winner will be drawn at random and announced the following Wednesday. (Make sure to fill out your email when commenting so I can contact you if you win).

Good Luck–and a big thank you to Chronicle Books and Aalamwaar Textiles for sponsoring this giveaway!
Photos by J. Blakeney

This Giveaway is now closed. The Winner is #41: Niki D from Mamas Got Moxie! Thanks everyone for your participation!

Justina Blakeney Justina Blakeney

Designer, artist, stylist & mama. Founder and CCO at The Jungalow. Crazy for color, pattern and plants!

73 responses to “A Block-Print your home Giveaway”

  1. Megan says:

    A floral block print seems like the easiest to DIY but I love a really big repeating geometric with a Moorish flare!

  2. So hard to choose my favorite print because they are ALL jaw dropping beautiful..but if I had to choose it would be the bukhara, triangle, zigzag african, african border, suzani border and kalmkari! Thank you for sharing Jon Robshaws book and Aalamwaar Textiles. really inspiring work! xx

  3. Katie says:

    I have always loved the look of block printed fabrics and papers! The Robshaw book, notebooks and stationery would be a wonderful addition to my global boho influenced style and collection. While I am usually drawn to the florals and paisleys of Indian and Asian prints, I often find myself introducing more geometric Moroccan and Moorish patterns. I actually have a huge antique Indian wood printing block that I was thinking about hanging up as an art piece or turning into a table. But now I’m inspired to try printing with it. What a splendid post and giveaway!

  4. Deena says:

    I love IKAT style, Uzbek-looking prints!

  5. Chastiti Penchion says:

    My fave prints right now are anything ikat and I’m really digging chevrons!

  6. senzobe says:

    A bold floral print every time!

  7. monica renee says:

    P.O.L.K.A.D.O.T.S. always make me happy! They are timeless, perfect and joyful. I especially enjoy them when they are not perfectly spaced but randomly dotted! Love them!!!

  8. I love the stye that’s on the pillows and the notebook in the above photos. I have no idea what you’d call it, but I love it.

    Here’s a link to my pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/162692605260721655/.

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  9. I love anything with Indian/Mehndi influence such as paisleys, lotus, peacocks. Also always been a big fan of Damask…it never goes out of style!

    Love Love LOVE these printing blocks and the effects they create. Great giveaway! Despite having broke a mirror today 9oops), I am hoping it’s my lucky day:)

  10. beautiful! your bedroom looks so amazing and cozy. i love all block prints really, but a floral motif would have to be my favourite. pinned: http://pinterest.com/pin/199495458465805883/

    and pinned: http://pinterest.com/pin/199495458465805876/

    fingers crossed x

  11. Kaitlyn Simmons says:

    I love any variety of patterns. Gingham is probably my most used. I’m a very colorful person, so I love color in my fabric!

    This is a great giveaway! Looking forward to spending more time on your blog!

  12. Rachel says:

    Any print that reminds me of my travels and of the beauty that can be found in all corners of the Earth…

  13. KatieB says:

    I tend to prefer more abstract/geometric prints, although I do like some floral prints. I’m more inspired by the colors and texture of a print rather than composition.

  14. Nan Mohler says:

    I’m loving everything on the bed. Plus bold floral prints!

  15. Bee Deeley says:

    Paisley is perfection. I can’t get enough.

  16. Lee Ann says:

    I like polka dots and stripes and almost any type of geometric print.

  17. vv says:

    this giveaway is bomb.

    you know i love florals, j!


  18. Camille says:

    Hmmm… right now my favorite print is gingham but I generally always love paisley. Love the pillows – pinned them @frenchrum.

  19. Dana says:

    I love all kinds of prints! Especially plaids, stripes and all kinds of florals. Love these pretty bock prints.

  20. Michelle Lally says:

    Love classic damask prints paired with chevron or animal pattern

  21. Melissa Pearson says:

    I love natural fabrics with earthy elements to them. Anything nature inspired.. greens, browns, champagne colored.. beautiful patterns in the above pics!

  22. What an awesome giveaway! I love, love, love your textile! Floral prints always get me, but I also love geometric patterns. And anything culturally influenced. I love prints and textiles that tell a story.

  23. Cindy says:

    I’m not sure I could actually choose a favourite! For me it really depends on what I’m drawn to in the moment leaving me open to any type of pattern as long as it speaks to me. That said, polka dots certainly are catching my eye these days, and I love my geometric print rug, my husband looks great in plaid and the floral prints on my cushions give me joy!
    Thanks for the giveaway – my fingers are crossed!

  24. Annette says:

    Anything brightly colored and chic is my new favorite. A close runner up would be the polka dots that are back in!

  25. Rachel V says:

    I’m really loving anything chevron, zigzag, and African/bohemian inspired! Colorful and geometric is always fun. :)

  26. Anni says:

    I think ikat is currently my favorite! Though I’ve been doing a lot of work with Ugandan kitenge fabric lately at work and am loving that as well… so hard to choose!

  27. Anne J says:

    I love geometric prints. I know I need to take more risks with mixing patterns. I love the mix of prints pictured above.

  28. Liz Davison says:

    I love the stylised floral patterns that are around at the moment but there’s something about geometrics that gets me every time.

  29. Erin Andrews says:

    I love floral & geometric, especially mixing the two.

  30. Sarah says:

    I have a massive crush on ikat and chevron prints right now.

  31. Monica Maxwell says:

    Love all the prints and patterns, especially the pillows and the blanket on the bed!

  32. Beautiful textiles – I love your style and your blog. I also love the little Boomba! She’s so beautiful.

  33. Jennifer Mendez says:

    Gingham, plaid, floral, polls dots! I love them all! Just depends what kind of mood I’m in! Thanks for the really call blog!

  34. Jennifer Mendez says:

    Lol! “Cool” blog!

  35. Stefanie says:

    Love just about anything geometric, especially if done in soft tones/textures…. Hence the love for block printing. Can’t get enough!

  36. Jessica says:

    First of all, I’m a long time reader – first time subscriber thanks to this contest. I always forget about the benefits of actually subscribing to my favorite blogs (but seriously, isn’t Pinterest the best for things like that?).

    I love block prints! But in terms of what print, I’m fond of modern floral with any kind of silhouette! I think floral is terribly romantic, and hopelessly indulgent on my behalf. It’s like ordering tiramisu and coffee after a relaxing dinner with friends — just the right amount of decadence paired with good company.
    I’m especially drawn to the uniqueness of the pillows clearly from the block printing technique. And that stationary! It evokes every kind of emotion you’d expect to feel with those vibrant colors and overlap!! These are wonderful pieces of art!!!

  37. Elizabeth Loake says:

    I have a real love for bright geometric Moroccan style prints, however in day to day life I prefer something slightly softer. My favourite prints are those which give you a taste of the culture they come from, and are ultimately dependent on the texture, colour and general feel I get from the piece. I’m the very proud over of a gorgeous paisley bedspread that I brought back from India, and being able to remember the heat and spice from my travels there makes it all the cosier!

    There’s some really beautiful pieces here and I just hope that I’m not too late for this (time differences massively confuse me, but it’s only 11.30 am here so fingers crossed!)

    Here’s a link to my pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/556405728932647353/

  38. I have always loved the look of block print whether is be on fabric, paper, clay or just the art of the block itself. I love that the human hand has touched the wood and carved it with such care to create such beauty which lasts for years to come. I was initially introduced to block prints at a gem show years ago through an Afghanistan bead dealer. As I looked at his beads I noticed a box under the table and being a thrift store shopper I know, “Always look under tables and in boxes that’s where the treasures hide”. Well, the box was full of treasures hundreds of old Afghan blocks retired from years or fabric printing. I was in love. I sat for hours on the floor sifting through the box until my fingers were stained with the colors of years past. I probably don’t have to say I left the bead show that day with bags full of wood blocks not beads. I have used them in clay for years now creating many lovely, platters, pots, niches….etc. I love thinking of the women who used them before me creating their own works of beauty.

  39. niki d. says:

    i’m a big fan of ikat and african prints. not really into polka dots, florals or chevrons.

    love your blog! it’s so inspiring. :)

  40. Annie says:

    I love all kinds of prints–Moroccan, Indian, suzani, ikat, etc. etc. etc.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  41. Mandy says:

    Forever obsessed with Paisley, and all the rest:-)

  42. Lauren Ambrosoli says:

    I love the imperfection and variances that come from block printing; the small details that add character. So many styles that I could choose from – but being a lover of way too many styles, I tend to be drawn to graphic prints that transition well between different decor/design schemes. How can one go wrong with something multi-faceted!!

  43. Julie says:


    I really love Indian prints, and the bright colors. But the muted brown on your bed pillows is also quite wonderful.

  44. Erin says:

    I’m a sucker for a good geometric print. Or a really good floral… something a little dark…

  45. Paisleys, vines, paisleys+ vines, anything block -printed, or inspired by India. All good for me! :)

    PS: Justina, I haven’t been getting your blog feed—I use reader and haven’t made any changes lately, so perhaps it’s at your end?

  46. Belinda says:

    One of my all time favorite prints is a bold geometric print. A larger scale geometric teamed back with a smaller geometric print in the right colours and textures works with so many interiors.

  47. Mandy says:

    Tweeted… I also enjoy a good ikat juxtaposed against stripes:-)

  48. brittany says:

    I’m a sucker for stripes! Fat or skinny, fat and skinny…I love them all!

  49. Kimberly says:

    Love the ikat and the floral prints. So lovely!

  50. Rachel says:

    I love stripes of bold color!

  51. jackie says:

    Batik prints make me happy.

  52. tasmia says:

    floral prints…i love to wear block prints kameej.As i live in Bangladesh,its a great place for block prints.This prints are so earthy.

  53. Miriam says:


    What an amazing giveaway! I don’t know if I can decide on my favourite type of print, it changes all the time! But I do love textiles that show signs of the printing process especially if they are made by hand. And I love rich colours.

  54. Amanda says:

    What a great giveaway! The bed spread is amazing! I love prints from all over the world and how they speak to their culture and while polka dots are so happy and timeless, I also love Indian and Moroccan designs. Im always ripping out pictures of colors and textiles from magazines and using them as inspiration. Your blog is also great inspiration and thank you for the chance to own this beautiful art! Hope you’re having a great day!
    Heres my pinterest link:

  55. Amanda says:

    And because I love the pillows too…

  56. Elizabeth Loake says:

    Realised I misread the date and feel a bit of a numpty now!

  57. Breezy says:

    I love block printing! We made our wedding invitations with block prints designed and carved by myself. It was such a fun way to add a personal touch to our invites. I love floral designs, but also love geometrical ones and more abstract ones!

  58. moon to moon says:

    I love floral patterns. What a great give away. Fingers crossed xxx

  59. Suzan says:

    I really love prints from all over the world! Especially when they reflect their culture. With floral patterns and polka dots you also can’t do anything wrong :)


  60. Deb says:

    As you probably already know, I love the more global block prints! Especially paisley and Indian designs. I LOVE John Robshaw prints. I have a cotton robe with a John Robshaw print and definitely need more of his block prints around our home! Thanks for sponsoring this giveaway.

  61. Deb says:

    I posted a second pin about the block print giveaway on my patterns of india community board, which the John Robshaw company also pins to!

  62. Lucy says:

    The swirls of India, the clarity of IKAT, I am inspred by a blend of ethnic and traditional patterns with an echo of art deco design. Love your bedcover xx

  63. Amanda says:

    Im so excited for this giveaway! I have been dreaming of it all week! I want to write on those Robshaw notecards and notebooks, while snuggled in new bedding! Thanks!

  64. […] my week–colorful, patternful and quite, well, full!  Also, the winner of last week’s block-print giveaway is:  #41: Niki D from Mamas Got Moxie! Thanks everyone for your […]

  65. niki d. says:

    thanks soooooo much, justina!!! i never win anything!! haha… :)

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