Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Custom Stencil Business

I've decided to try setting up a small custom stencil business.

I'm in the process of buying a real stencil cutting machine (one that can handle mylar) and I'm planning to offer a limited number of designs (to start) from my stencil research where the buyer chooses the design and it's scaled to the desired size and then cut out of durable, reusable mylar.

The ordering of the machine and supplies are happening this week and then you guys should start seeing quite a few stencil trials as I practice with the software and fine-tuning the process.

This is not going to be a get-rich scheme, but more a labor of love. I don't even know if I'll make any money at it, though it would be nice to at least break even. =)

The idea of this project really appeals to me so I guess we'll see how it goes. What do you guys think? Bad idea? Good idea?
The stencils I cut for the dining room curtains
The stencils I cut for the dining room runners


  1. If you can do better than break even, it could be fun, keep you active, and something you could do in your spare time (ha ha ha!!). If it's a passion, follow it. If it wanes, you can always sell the equipment later. Good luck!

  2. I would love to be able to order from you once you're set up! Fantastic. I'm new to stencilling, and probably I'll only stencil fabric, but so far I've been frustrated by the limited number of designs available for sale online, and many are very expensive too.

  3. Great idea! I think there's a market for stencils like yours that are historically accurate and affordable.

  4. Why not try to make a little money doing what you love? Can't wait to see your designs!

  5. Super exciting! I've been following your stencil trials with the Silhouette...not so much fun. I know we'd be interested in buying period appropriate stencils.

  6. By the way, the tree design at the top is my FAVORITE!