I mentioned last week that I was thinking of rug hooking one of my fish drawings. I needed some way to transfer this to the cloth, so I decided to make my own stencil. The added benefit is that I can also use it in my quilting, too.
For this project, you need a line art drawing of some sort, stencil plastic or mylar, an exacto knife or special stencil cutting knife with 2 blades, a permanent marker, and a cutting mat. I just used a exacto knife since that is what I happened to have on hand.
Step 1: Decide on your art, then enlarge or reduce to the size you want:
Step 2: Trace the drawing onto the stencil plastic (or mylar) using the permanent marker. Use your exacto blade to carefully cut out the black lines. (Hint: I plan my connecting lines ahead of time so the stencil will stay together)
Last step: Use the stencil to mark where you wish. You could use this to mark a quilt with chalk or- as in my example- I’ve marked a piece of burlap for a rug hooking project:
Easy Project! I suggest this tutorial for all levels of experience. Just be careful of that sharp exacto blade or stencil knife. As with all my previous tutorials, please share what you create if you use this.