Review: Stencil Craft by Margaret Peot

Stenciling is something that we've all tried our hand at, probably. I think that my first real stenciling project was a shirt that I made after a trip to Graceland. I liked the logo on the shopping bag I was given with my purchase better than anything that I found in the gift shop and so used it as a stencil to make a one-of-a-kind shirt to commemorate my trip there. It was very much a learn-as-you-go sort of project and I would have benefited greatly if I'd had some sort of instruction along the way. Margaret Peot's Stencil Craft: Techniques for Fashion, Art, & Home would have been quite helpful.

Stenciling seems to be a very simple art, and it is, but a little bit of guidance and technique opens up so many possibilities for wonderfully unique effects and detail. After covering the basics, Peot uses a variety of projects to demonstrate her techniques. These are divided into items for fashion, home, paper, and art. She uses fabric, wood, and paper for mediums and a whole host of materials for stencils and strategies for applying color to the medium. Her advice is like getting a crash course in aspects of printmaking without having to go to art school.

While complete instructions are given for the demonstration projects, I don't think the intent here is for you to duplicate them exactly. There are no patterns provided to facilitate that process. They serve more as inspiration and a way for Peot to communicate technique so that you can apply her processes to your own artistic vision. Her use of bits of nature as stencils with sprayed paint are especially beautiful. I had never thought of using leaves and flowers in such a way and look forward to giving it a try.

I will definitely be exploring this title more with Silas, especially as we dive more into clothes sewing. What better way to add a personal touch to what we make than by adding a little of our art to it? Especially now that Silas is making some pretty rockin' drawings. I'm definitely grateful to have this guide to help us along the way.

And what would a review be without a giveaway?

One winner from this book tour will receive a Stencil Craft Tote Stenciling Kit. This includes:
17" x 15" canvas tote hand printed with a stencil interpretation Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring
A signed copy of Stencil Craft: Techniques for Fashion, Art, & Home
1 blank 12" x 12" canvas tote
1 10" x 14" piece of stencil Mylar
1 sponge
2 stencil brushes
1 craft knife set 
2 Metallic Lumiere Acrylic Paints, Indigo and Metallic Copper

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My review copy was provided courtesy of the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. This looks like a lot of fun. I liked on Facebook, but I don't Twitter.

  2. I love that you made your own souvenir t-shirt from Graceland - what a great idea! I'll think about doing that on my next trip someplace, since I can never find what I want in the gift shops.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

    - Heather J @ TLC Book Tours