Sunday, February 26, 2012

Framing a Silk Scarf as Art

I bought this frame at Goodwill for $7.98. At the time I didn't have a specific project in mind, I just liked the color and how big it was (24 x 27 inches). Generally big frames can be quite expensive.


Then, I found this silk scarf floating around my mom's house - she got it a yard sale.  Isn't it graphic and great?


So, I stole borrowed the silk scarf and ironed it - spritzing it with water to help get the wrinkles out.


Then I disassembled the frame.


I stretched the scarf around the frames cardboard insert using blue painters tape.


A little trick to make sure the scarf is taut and wrinkle-free (which I learned stretching my own painting canvases back in my art major days) is to alternate sides as you tape.  For more about this, here is a good step-by-step tutorial for how to stretch a canvas.


Also, if you stretch the scarf when it's a little bit damp and then run a blowdryer across it once it's stretched, it will help ensure things are taught and wrinkle-free.


Then I reassembled the frame with an extra piece of cardboard in the back to help keep moisture from getting in.


And, here it is hanging up.


It's in my bathroom, below a screen print of men in drag I got at a yard sale years ago.



Note, no silk scarves were harmed in the making of this post - and it's a good thing too, because as soon as my mom reads this post and realizes I stole borrowed her silk scarf, she'll be coming for it.

Looking for a fun graphic scarf to frame yourself? Try searching for "Vera scarf"on ebay or Etsy - her scarves are inexpensive but great.



6 comments:

Maggie said...

I love this! I'm not so sure I could do it and keep it so flat. Great idea!

Sandra said...

Thanks for the nice tip on framing scarves. Using it as display in a non-destructive manner is nice.

Karly Shelton said...

oh great idea! Now I gotta go search a Savers! They always have great cheap frames that have artwork that is...meh. So using the frame for a scarf is a great idea!

Richard C. Lambert said...

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Anonymous said...

Catdboard & tape will eat at your scarf eventually. An acid-free Gator Board would work much better then sewing by hand to the foam gatirboatd will hold the silk...

Sharon Stone said...

Automatic cutting equipment cut the rolls into standard sheet lengths and the hems are then sewn. 100 silk sheets Silk is a luxurious fabric.

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