Monday, February 26, 2007

Size Matters

In December I found out how easy it is to stencil designs onto shirts. Free stencils are available online, and the process is so easy Ada could do it, if I let her use a hot iron.

I made a bunch of shirts for friends and family, including these for my sister and her man:


(I got on a little bird kick, so a bunch of people got avian-themed items.) I was so excited about them that I almost posted photos before the package got to my sister. Which turns out would have been a mistake, since she does occasionally check in, which I didn't realize, fa fa fa. Anyway, the gift seemed to go over well, except for the part where I took my sister's input about her guy's size to heart, buying him men's mediums, which turned out to be too small.

But now I've wised up, and I got Ellen and our pal Janeen to give me shirts. I stenciled them and will return them, happy in the knowledge that they will actually fit:




I am especially happy with the drummer. The line drawings tend to come out well; I made a great stencil from a book about flight, but since it is in Ada's room and she's sleeping, we'll have to do without a photo of that one.

(If you are reading this K, send me one in the guy's real size. I have another airplane drawing I want to stencil. Or maybe a robot, riding a dinosaur. Evil squid?)

Updated to add links: Try this tutorial from Angry Chicken, or search Craftster for some examples.

14 comments:

  1. Those are great, nice job!

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  2. these look great! you did some intricate work for your first time around and it all looks so good.

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  3. very nice! I love the birds on a wire one on top especially.

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  4. Are you using the freezer paper technique?

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  5. Yes - freezer paper (for those not already in love with the stuff - it is like wax paper, but the wax is only on one side) is my new favorite thing. Great for pattern-making and for stenciling!

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  6. Wow! Can you point me to a site where I can learn how?

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  7. yeah, links to directions please! not that i have time to do anything crafty, but you know....

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  8. Those shirts are awesome. I love the blue and brown one- nice strong contrast.

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  9. god. those are delicious. (I know I've seen some up close but I still am kind of amazed at how great stencils can look - when I hear "stencil," the first that pops into my head isn't something I would actually deem cool/cute/wearable - it's generally more, oh, my mother's wall stencils of hearts and geese.)

    eczruir

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  10. Very cool -- I also dig the drummer!

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  11. Hmmm. You could start a business. It's just a thought

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  12. Freezer paper is really great when the paper obession sets in with your seven month old, too. Frig.. those shirts are beautiful.. Or as my daughter might add, No MOMMY BEA-YOUWWWW-Teaful.

    I suggest online sales of Nonlinears Be-you-tee-full-shirts.

    TWEET.

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