stenciled.

17 Aug

Y’ello, folks! I’m back with a new craftastic project that’s resulted in a lack of feeling in my right pointer finger! Woo hoo! Initially, my idea was to write or paint excerpts from books on scarves; an adaptation of my Harry Potter wall. That didn’t work out exactly as planned, so I decided to give stencils a shot. I found an image online and made it black and white, not grayscale. I’m sure there’s some fancy word for this, but I’m no photoshop guru. Hopefully you catch my drift. From there, I spent many an hour with a cutting board, razor, and an ancient box of overhead projector transparency sheets I played “school” with when I was nine. Knew there was a reason I saved those – ha.

I’m usually on a craft kick for a few weeks before I find something new to obsess over. I think this one might be here to stay, though. Unfortunately, the act of cutting the stencils (especially the more detailed quote stencils) KILLS YOUR FINGERTIPS. Each one can take anywhere between ten minutes to a few hours to cut. It’s been at least five days since I cut my last stencil and my fingertip is still numb. Whatever. I’m willing to sacrifice for perfection. After the stencils are cut, all that’s left to do is cut the fabric and add the paint. Scroll down for picturesss.

These are not screenprinted so they’re not perfect, but that’s what I love about them. I’m always looking for suggestions, so comment below if you have any ideas for people/images/quotes/etc that would look cool on a scarf.

A handful of [lucky] friends will be receiving one of these in the mail (you know who you are), but if you’re interested in one for yourself or for someone else, check out my Etsy shop. I don’t think I’ll have any luck with that at all, but you never know until you try, right? :)

The striped scarves are also handpainted. I used diluted fabric paint to keep them soft and lightweight instead of stiff – sorta had a tie dye effect. I got better as I went along, especially with the font stencils. I think it’s obvious, but maybe you won’t. Kurt Vonnegut is my favorite so far. Next up I really want to use a few Jonathan Safran Foer quotes, and my sister is begging for some Slaughterhouse Five and Thoreau… ps. Kurt’s signature was THE BIGGEST pain in the rear.

Kurt Vonnegut

Jackie Kennedy

Kahlil Gibran (this ones yours, Jen!)

Julie Andrews

Audrey Hepburn

Lucille Ball

Thanks for looking and happy crafting! – Liz

6 Responses

  1. Liz G. 18. Aug, 2011 11:11 pm #

    This is amazing, Liz!!!! I LOVE them. :)

  2. Lydia 19. Aug, 2011 1:43 pm #

    What kind of fabric did you use?

    • Liz Kirkham 22. Aug, 2011 2:24 pm #

      It’s a jersey knit :)

  3. Ashley 08. Sep, 2011 10:04 am #

    “There are two ways to live your life.
    One is as though nothing is a miracle.
    The other is to live as though everything is a miracle.”
    – Albert Einstein
    one of my favorite quotes – or of course any quote from The Beatles :) and now I totally want to try this!

  4. dora 09. Sep, 2011 5:04 pm #

    I love the Lucy Ball quote! All of these are really great :)

  5. śmieszne gify 27. Oct, 2011 3:11 am #

    The post you wrote is really interesting.

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