Monday, March 15, 2021

The Story of Three Silks

A while back, I had the great fun of a play day with friends to do some eco printing on silk...we used a solution for boiling the fabric while it was rolled up with various foliage inside. We had mixed results but always got color. I felt the silk needed more so days later when at home,  I wrapped the silk in some rusted items and a vinegar solution and left them "batch" for a while...probably overnight and had some great results.
I had 3 different types of silk....above is organza which is very sheer. It is also doubled so you don't get the right effect....but it is easy to dye and rust and do other surface design techniques on. It gives a very different look than many other silks because of the sheerness. I use it a lot, especially in layering techniques in quilts.
The piece above is a crepe du Chine and one of my favorite silks. It has a beautiful texture and takes a dye beautifully along with anything else you choose to do with it.
And a detail where you can see the paleness of the eco printing and the boldness of the rust. The touches of blue (upper left) are blueberries which were one the things rolled up in the silk when boiling it.
And last is the China or Habotai silk which is a very popular silk used in scarves...not the best quality nor my favorite, I must say, it takes a dye extremely well and comes in different weights.
I didn't have enough of any one kind to make an entire scarf so I pieced 3 together and made it into an infinity scarf. It's very light and fun to wear.
Til next time...stay safe and happy

Sunday, March 7, 2021

A Mess Will Lead to Something

 Well I knew it had to happen...any of you who know me, know I'm a bit of a neat-nick and somewhat organized...When I work in my studio, I start the day by straightening up my room so it is not cluttered....don't care if I make a mess during the day but my mind and space has to be clear when I start. The trouble is, I don't have an easy time finding options in fabrics etc when everything is so neat and put away. Sooooo, I allowed myself to get down and dirty - really messy and see how it would work for me. 

Well, we're still in isolation until we're vaccinated so no one is coming and I'm not going anywhere so why not. I literally pulled out everything and used every surface to get a good look at what I had.
The ironing board, the design wall...
I moved my one machine onto the floor to use the table space....
My marbled fabric came out in another area
and another table...
I even brought up a card table for all my deconstructed screen printed fabric....
My cats are in Heaven...not being able to decide if it will be the bin of silk..
or the hand-dyes...
Or just curling up knowing all those luscious, soft fabrics are a paws length away...
My lint brush will be getting a work-out but the fluffs are happy and hanging out with me while I'm here...
so.... happy, happy....all around. I did put together around 6 small pieces....pinned onto fabric. They still have to be sewn and lots of surface design added like screen printing or paint but having everything available in full view was very helpful. 

The clutter is still here and it's starting to get to me so I might be winding down this messy marathon I've been on but it's been fun...totally not me....but very fun....AND oddly enough -  productive!

Til next time...stay happy and safe.