I am trying to replicate a drapery fabric that is long out of production. I have lucked out in finding silk duppioni in a lavender-thyme colour way, and am now trying to stencil this damask design from Nobilis, a fabric mill in France. Here’s my inspiration:I found these magnificent stencils on Cutting Edge Stencils, which ship to Canada very reasonably. No one in Canada, BTW, carries these because they are so reasonably priced directly from the US website.Then I sourced fabric paint from Dharma Trading. My local art supply store carries these, too.Here’s my first go. I’m not 100% happy with either the stencil or the purples, so I have ordered another set of stencils to see if I like a different design better, and I will be mixing paint colours to come up with one that I really like.There’s a lot of metallic in the Lumiere paints, and I’m not so sure that I like it. I’ll be trying this again with flat paints, and perhaps adding a bit more red/magenta to the violet. I like the idea of the stencils being imperfect, with gradations of gold-violet-purple everywhere.
BTW, you would not believe how much doing this myself is saving my pocket book. When this project is done, I’ll crunch the numbers.