Embroidery Hoop Framed Stenciled Art

This how to yields a maker look with a modern twist – Stenciled canvas art in an embroidery hoop.  It also adds a bit of class to traditional Halloween decorations.

What you’ll need: Embroidery hoops, thin canvas, Stencil1 skull set stencils, Stencil1 quatrafoil stencil, FolkArt multisurface paint, stencil brushes, scissors and hammer and nails if you hang your creations


Step 1: To start, lay out your thin canvas on a flat surface.

Step 2: Using the quatrefoil pattern stencil from the Swallow Set, stencil the canvas with the pattern until the entire cloth is full. We used a lighter color so when we layer the skull over it, the skull pops.

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Step 3: Once all four cloths are stenciled with the pattern and have fully dried, it’s time to stencil the skulls. Place the skull stencil in the very center of the cloth. Using black paint, stencil in the open areas of the skull stencil until it is completely filled. We went nice and dark, using an up and down stomping motion with our stencil brushes.

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Step 4: Once the four skulls are done and have dried, you can easily place them in the embroidery hoops.




Step 5: Cut away or even tape back the excess fabric sticking outside the hoop and hang on you wall or door for all to see!


Share what you made with us at @stencil1

Extra credit –Go the distance and further embellish with embroidery!




Happy Holidays!

We can’t believe it either but, it’s that time of year again! Warm cocoa, snowflakes and endless holiday crafts! Shop for your Stencil1 Holiday stencils now and get them just in time to make your holiday decorations extra special!

Winter Holiday Pack

Nutcracker 4 Pack


Stencil1 @ Boundless Brooklyn!

We are so excited to be a part of  “The Art of the Tag”. This art show will feature artist-customized water tower kits and is presented by Boundless Brooklyn and myplasticheart. Check out the details below, we hope you can all make it! Also, find out how we made our water tower here!


Lower East Side, New York City, NY – NYC-based companies Boundless Brooklyn and myplasticheart will be hosting an art event on November 1, 2014, from 7PM-10PM featuring customized miniature water tower model kits from over 30 acclaimed local and international artists. As part of the BB/MPH venture, the event is co-curated by both companies, with water tower kits provided by Boundless Brooklyn and the event located at the myplasticheart store and gallery on the Lower East Side, NYC. This venture provides a unique opportunity to blend the fast growing do-it-yourself water tower platform from Boundless Brooklyn and artist-focused approach of myplasticheart into a full-fledged homegrown art/design experience. The customized water towers come from a variety of well-known street and graffiti artists as well as contemporary artists and illustrators.


Stenciling Ceramics

We love working with ceramics because there are so many great surfaces to stencil on. From tiles to trays to cups and plates, you can make something awesome to hang on your wall or something beautiful to sip hot cocoa from. We visited our friends at Baked in Brooklyn for a fun and creative night and we’re excited to show you what we made!

For stenciling on ceramics you’ll need: Stencil1 stencils, paintbrushes, sponge stencil brushes (a range of sizes) and ceramic paint.

Step 1: Start by planning out your color palette. In order for your images to show after your tray goes in the oven, you’ll want to paint from light to dark. This means your first layer should be the lightest color and your last layer the darkest color. For this tray we combined a soft yellow with a mustard yellow. Apply 2-3 coats of paint.


Step 2: Choose your stencil! We combined our two-layer sugar skull stencil with our scallop pattern stencil by attaching the pattern stencil to the first layer stencil with painters tape.


Step 3: Once the first layer of paint is dry (this shouldn’t take too long) place your stencil on the tray. You can use tape to help secure the stencil, although it doesn’t completely stick to the paint so also use your hand to hold down the stencil. Use the sponge brush to paint in your stencil.

We always say stenciling is a dry brush technique and when stenciling ceramics this is especially true. Use very, very little paint. Your brush should have almost no paint on it. At first, the stencil will be very faint, but after a couple of layers, the color will be more saturated. For this layer we used a coral pink and deep red.



Step 4: Once you are done painting, carefully lift off the stencil and let the paint dry.


Step 5: We used our larger scallop stencil to subtly scatter some of the pattern on the background. First place the stencil on the tray and then, with the same dry brush technique, fill in the stencil. Lift the stencil and allow the paint to dry.




Step 6: One of the best parts of working with ceramics is anticipating what they will look like after firing. This is how our tray came out! We also added images of other things we stenciled as well as what our friends stenciled. Share your final products with us @Stencil1







This are the stencils we used:

Four Bikes

Funky Birds

Nature Set

Skull Set

Scallop Pattern (sm) and Large

Star Pattern

Two Layer Sugar Skull



Fashion Forward Frankenstein


Why not trick-or-treat in style? Grab a tote bag and layer your favorite Stencil1 stencil patterns with our new Halloween stencils!

Here we show our Houndstooth stencil accompanied by a classic Halloween stencil of Frankenstein.

Do the same on a t-shirt, a pumpkin, anything you can paint! Share your creepy creations with us at @Stencil1



New Halloween Stencils



Here at Stencil1 we love Halloween! We have created a new collection of Halloween Stencils ideal for using as pumpkin stencils or to stencil candy bags, tote bags or t-shirts.

We designed these stencils in two sizes, 8.5″ x 11″ and 5.75″ x 6″ . This new smaller size are a new category for us and we think they are ideal for smaller surface projects and

for small pumpkins.   Shop all our HALLOWEEN STENCILS here!