Make: stencilled embroidery hoop artwork
A quick and easy way to make some great looking artwork for your home.
You will need
- Embroidery hoops
- Fabric – thick cotton canvas
- Dylon fabric paint
- Craft knife
- Cutting mat
- Stiff paint brush
- Computer and printer (or some letter stencils)
- Pinking shears
- Staple gun
Firstly measure you embroidery hoop and decide what letter you would like on it. I used some z’s to put by my bed, but you could spell out a word or use your name or initials. Using a computer with a text layout programme (InDesign, Illustrator, Word etc) find a nice typeface and set your letter to the correct size. You can find some great fonts that are free (some just for personal use) on Da Font.
Print your letter(s) out using a home printer and place your acetate over the top of the sheet of paper so you can cut out the letter with the craft knife. Once your stencil is ready, place it over the fabric and paint through. Try not to over-load the brush as it may bleed over the edges.
Make sure the piece of fabric you are stencilling is large enough to fit in the embroidery hoop and that your letter will be central in the hoop.
Once the fabric is dry, you will need to iron it to set it. Refer to the manufacturers instructions on how to do this, but it generally requires ironing the stencilled area for 2 to 3 minutes.
Now you can place the fabric in the hoop and tighten it up.
To tidy the excess fabric at the back, trim using pinking shears and then staple to the frame using a staple gun.
Hammer a nail into the wall and hang from the top of the hoop where you tighten it up. Hang them singularly, in a line or group for various effects.