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.



3 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!

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