It's not that I don't see Burlap's flaws, I *do* (it's scratchy, it sheds, it doesn't clean up after itself, it hangs around even when I don't want it to, it's hard to handle and can be unpredictable)...it's just that I don't *care*.
True love, fo sho.
I also really love NOT using a Silhouette machine to create stencils (because I can't afford one...so it's not so much a choice as a necessity) . I can do whatever I want and make it as big (or small), as I want.
I'm trying to put together a collection of 'smalls' for a craft show in the Spring. Believe it or not, people, I'm a craft show virgin. I've been waiting for just the right craft show, and I think I've found it. Check it out: Peterborough Handmade.
I worked on these ad-or-able pillows over the weekend. Now, I'm worried that I'm two-timing because I love pillows. It's tough around here.
First, I measured the throw pillow I needed to cover, then I ironed and cut the burlap to size - with about an inch of seam allowance (like how I use that term, as if I really know what I'm talking about when it comes to sewing? Yeah, me too).
Then, I sewed the burlap together using some acrylic wool. BY HAND. Why? You guessed it! Because I don't have a sewing machine. Yes, I need to get a sewing machine. Anyone want to donate?
I found an image I liked and thought would be ad-or-able on a rustic looking pillow, printed it out, and cut it out of some contact paper with sewing scissors. This is my go-to way of creating my own stencils. Works like a charm. They're even reuseable if you're careful!
A little black latex paint, a little white-ish latex paint...et voila!
PS: Homemade chalk paint doesn't work as well for stencil-painting. I prefer pure latex; it creates a cleaner line and deeper pigmentation on the fabric.