I'm going to show you how I use stencils and stamps and found objects to decorate a table runner that is perfect for autumn.
I started with a rectangular piece of cotton that I had snow dyed for the base. If you are interested in reading more about snow dyeing you can find that here. My fabric is 9" wide by 63" long. I wanted a piece that was large enough to go across a long table.
I sewed around the edges so that the fabric wouldn't fray when it was washed. Then I started layering with the Classic Pods stencil. I added leaf and acorn stamps around the stenciled image. I carved these stamps myself. I like carving my own stamps so that I don't have to worry about copyright issues and so that I can get unique stamps. You can find the supplies to carve your own stamps here.
After the first layer dried, I added overlapping images next by stenciling through a piece of punchinella and stamping with the bottom of a takeout container. Found objects also make unique stencils and stamps to add more layers.
The last layer I added was a small leaf stamp in some of the white areas.
When I layer on fabric I use a mix of transparent and opaque paints to add more depth to the piece. On my table runner I used a mix of metallic and flat paints to also add depth. I love using the Stewart Gill Metamica paint on fabric. It doesn't bleed, so you get crisp images and it stays soft on the fabric. I used these colors for my table runner. Sugar Plum, Peach Blush, and Amourosa. I also used a gold, white, and transparent brown fabric paint. Don't forget to iron the fabric according to the directions after the paint is dry so that the table runner can be washed.
I hope that you try this project and decorate your home for each season.
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I have a loving husband who thinks I'm a bit crazy to be so obsessed with art. I am a mother of five children from ages 21 to 5. I spend most of my time mothering and keeping house. In my free time I like to play with textiles, art journaling and painting. I have a degree in textile and apparel studies with a design focus. Right now I am more interested in fiber arts than apparel design, but I don't know where my journey will take me.
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