Like many of you, I've been busy with making Christmas gifts. Each year I face the dilema: what to make for my co-workers? By now, they must be pretty tired of getting scarves from me, and this year is no exception. But I did put away my knitting needles and got out the paint brushes.
For my striped silk scarves, I mixed up fiber reactive dyes and mixed two colors in varing percentages (20/80, 40/60, 60/40 and 80/20) to give a color gradient. I then painted repeating stripes on wet silk, letting the colors blend at the edges. I wrapped each scarf in plastic wrap and let them sit for 24 hours to set the dye. Any wrinkles in the plastic wrap add addition interesting texture to the scarf.
Fortunately, each of my co-workers have different color preferences, so I have a veritable rainbow of silk:
Esther has worked in law firm administration for over a quarter century – a fact which she finds alarming. In order to maintain her sanity, she spends her spare time exploring the fiber arts – spinning, weaving, knitting, embroidery – and puttering in her garden. For creative in-sanity, she is a member of the SCA, an organization dedicated to study and re-creation of the middle ages and Renaissance. There, she is a founding member of the Right Noble Company of Clothiers, where she shares her passion for historic fashion with like minded individuals. Esther shares her home with her husband Bruce.