If you’ve been with me for awhile, you know I love stencils. I love all kinds of stencils, but I’ve really been interested lately in “fabric stencils.” Since I’ve had a couple of you email me about these stencils that I’ve used in the past, I thought I’d tell you all about them in another one of my Back To Basics series.
Here are tags and fabric completed with these stencils.
This all started several years ago when we were in Hawaii. I was looking for a fern stencil or something that I could use as a stencil to bring Hawaii home. We always stop at the local fabric store which has a great line of all types of Hawaiian fabrics. She didn’t have what I was looking for, but she did have some lace with palm trees. It wasn’t exactly what I wanted, but I bought a yard anyway.
Then I pretty much forgot about that quest, and as I was looking through shirts at the local thrift store I found a shirt with ferns. I absolutely loved it. However, I thought I would love to wear it, not to spray paint or dye through it!
These shirts are made of lace-like fabric, but you can also use cut velvet ones too. When I purchased that fern shirt I really thought I’d wear it. However, after washing it I hung it in my closet. I’d pull it out every once in a while, try it on, but just never felt that it was me. But I absolutely loved the pattern. Then it hit me – why not use it as a stencil. When I found out it worked, I have been on the look out for more shirts like these.
Here is a new one I just found last week. It is cut velvet with a lovely design!
Here is my Back to Basics video on using fabric as stencils. You can see all of the finished pieces below.
Here are four of the fabric pieces. All four pieces started out as white fabric. I sprayed Dye-Na-Flow diluted 3 to 1 (water to dye-na-flow) through the fabric stencil. I removed the stencil, allowed the fabric to dry just a short time and then over sprayed with a light color. It was fun seeing the pattern pop out on the second spray.
I sprayed through the shirt onto blank tags using undiluted liquid watercolor. For the two- toned tags below, after removing the shirt, I dried it with the heat gun and then sprayed over with a lighter color. I found that when spraying over the pattern you just made, spray with a lighter color. The other three tags were just sprayed once through the fabric.
On the tags below I sprayed them with watercolor before using the fabric stencils. Then I sprayed through the shirt producing these pieces.
These shirts turned stencils have been so much fun to use and to also to search for when I’m thrift shopping. I used one of these fabric stencils in sun printing. You can see how the fabric turned out HERE.
Spraying through lace fabric is not new and is also fun. However spraying through this fabric gives you much more of a selection of designs. It has opened up a whole new bunch of stencil patterns to explore on both fabric and paper.
Have you ever tried using fabric as stencils? If you do decide to try it, I’d love to see your results.
Lynda, I love this technique! Never tried it, but I will be looking for things I can use to give it a try as soon as I can. I’m more inclined to go straight to the fabric store to look for suitable fabrics, but also may have some laces I can use. And I might not be adverse to sacrificing one of my cut velvet scarves to the cause. Thanks so much for sharing this!
really enjoyed this! thanks for sharing! im excited to try it, seems pretty easy and so many possibilities!
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Love, love, LOVE this! What a brilliant idea – never would have occurred to me in a million years to use these great burnout fabrics as a stencil, and I absolutely love the results! I feel a thrift store visit coming up . . .
EllenSue, So glad you love the idea! I kept trying to think what this fabric is called. I didn’t know if regular cotton or rayon is called burnout – thought maybe that was only for the silks. I look forward to seeing your results. This would also work with fiber reactive dyes on shirts or scarves. I’ve just not gotten into that yet.
Hi Joy, You are so welcome! It is easy and neat results. Thanks for dropping by.
Hi Judy, Laces definitely work which I bought quite a bit on our last trip to Hawaii but have yet to use. I’ve been so happy with all of the designs I’ve found in the thrift stores. Some of those cut velvet scarves would make great stencils! I have one yet to dye but doubt I’ll use it as a stencil. Thank you for commenting.
What a great idea.
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Lynda, Your tutorial was fun to see. I haven’t tried spraying with dyna flo but I will now! You set me on the path of transfer dyeing with neckties. My friends have been great picking me up a few when they see them. I hit gold at a local church thrift store so now I’m all set with ties for awhile. I’ll be teaching a friend of mine next Tuesday and another friend has asked me to make one with her husband’s ties to give to his daughter! You are an inspiration! Thank you so much.
Hi Lisa, Thanks!
Diane, Thanks. You are so sweet to say that. So glad I can inspire you. But don’t stop with just spraying dye-na-flow. Next up is spraying fiber reactive dyes!! Again, too bad we live so far apart or we’d be deep in trouble!
These are fantastic! I’d like to invite you to share this project or any of your projects on The Inspiration Board at my blog homework. I’ve been hosting my party for over 4 years and would love for you join.
I hope to see you there! http://www.carolynshomework.com/2015/05/the-inspiration-board-creative-party_26.html
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Carolyn, Thanks! I’ll do that.
Fantastic idea thank you
Lynda, do you think you could use Distress inks or Dylusion spray inks, too?
Pam, If you are working on paper you could use either of those.