stencil: Revisiting The Cullen Crest

Cullen Crest T-shirt
My original Cullen Crest t-shirt, made June 20, 2008

Once upon a time, I made myself a Cullen Crest stenciled tee.  I posted it here and started getting requests to share the stencil.

So I did, and then in November of last year, I posted about it here on the sewhooked blog.   I pulled the stencil together for myself before there was anything commercially available with the crest on it, back when all fans had was a tiny glimpse from an MTV teaser.

Fast forward to today and The Cullen Crest Stenciled Tee is one of my most visited posts, with a downright ridiculous number of visits each month.    The Cullen Crest in general is huge in handmade. If you don’t believe me, search it on etsy or on flickr.  Woah.

I have see my version of the Cullen Crest everywhere since I first posted it and I thought it’d be fun to show a few of the ways it’s turned up. If you look closely, you can certainly tell the difference from the official crest (shown below) and the image that I created (shown above), so you’ll always know which images, no matter how they are presented, came from the stencil that I designed.

The first peek, from this MTV article posted June 16, 2008

I took a lot of liberties with the official image to make it into a stencil from the tiny image shown above.   Those changes included greatly simplifying the image and adding the “Cullen” text to the top.


The Real Deal – “Rosalie’s Necklace”  from Hot Topic

The Cullen Crest goes viral…
My stencil makes it around the world and onto everything you can possibly imagine!

images from a variety of sources

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Some of the things I’ve seen the stencil on were for sale, and while I don’t condone the taking another crafter’s stencil, pattern or idea that is free for everyone to use and then making something to sell (in case you didn’t know, that’s a crafty taboo!), I don’t deny the ingenuity of the different uses the stencil has been put to.

To everyone that has used it on something for yourself, a friend, a swap, a gift or any other way that was just for fun and not for profit, A HUGE THANK YOU.  That’s why I share my stencils, patterns, crafts and ideas, to spread the crafty love.    Thank you, too, to Summit and whoever the awesome artist was that came up with the original crest!

If you make a Sew Awesome Craft or any pattern, craft or recipe from sewhooked,  I’d love to see a photo.  Email me or add it to the sewhooked flickr group.

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