The last part of the first lesson was to use a different substance for cutting into. I used Soft Cut carving block, which I got at Zart Art, one of my favourite shops! I learnt about it when I was teaching, it is a school supply shop that also sells to the public.
It was easier to cut into - I think. It is softer and thicker and does cut easily but it also moves a little more than the lino does. Each has its advantages I suppose.
It was suggested that we do a pattern that could be repeatedly stamped onto the fabric. I used a Charles Rennie Mackintosh design (that I had played with previously). I thought I had cut the carving block square but obviously I didn't, the last row of my printing did not match the rows above as I had changed the orientation of the block as I was printing.
As I get more experienced and confident, I might even try to utilise some of the knowledge I gained about how to design repeat blocks. I will need to be better at cutting than I am now as well as better at stamping, to get good repeats going. Something to aim for.