Hats, bags and more bags!
My ship(ment) came in, and I’ve been painting hats and bags like crazy. I’ve done some experimenting, reserving areas in wax and immersing the pieces in dyes, then going back to paint in details with gutta and a brush. I’ve got a pretty collection, if I do say so myself. Most of them are already listed in my Etsy shop at TalkingDog.
Silk crepe drawstring bags are always popular with my clients, because they’re so versatile. You can use them as an evening bag, tie them to the belt loop on a pair of jeans for a place to put your id and atm card on a night out, use them to store jewelry, or present a friend with an elegant little gift. I think the loveliest use of them was by my dear friend, Alice, who put concert tickets inside one and gave it to a friend. From the top left: the bronze one is painted with elegant gingko leaves and is very sophisticated. The mauve-ish one has a mama and baby turtle under a bright summer sun. The turquoise one has a pretty frog on a lily pad. The purple one has a frog admiring the moon. The orange one has a friendly-faced sea lion gazing out at you. The light green one has a pale moon over dainty pink Victorian flowers and has an antique look to it.
The silk jacquard bags are a little more formal looking, since they’re a more tailored and close with beautiful silk ribbon frogs. The first of these was immersed in purple Procion H dye, steamed, then decorated with a blue and silver leaf. The other was made in my usual style, drawing on gingko leaves with clear resist and hand painting it. All bags and hats are colorfast and washable.
These cotton sunhats fold into their own little zippered pouches. Tuck one into the car door or glove compartment just to have on hand, or stick it in your purse or backpack for a trip to the beach or a hike. The blue folding sunhat (top left) was hand painted in blue and chartreuse dyes. The graceful birds were outlined in black gutta and left white. The purple sunhat (top right) was painted with soy wax in a batik fashion, then immersed in purple dye and steamed. Once the wax was removed, the gingko leaves were painted in with colorful dyes.
I made my first floppy cotton hat last spring and it sold really quickly. I finally got a couple more and just finished them up and got them photographed this morning. I love the orange one, which is adorned with black gutta birds on one side. (I love those graceful birds — they keep turning up everywhere!) The green floppy hat has a friendly rainbow frog watching a bug. Just for fun, there are little ants crawling around it in black gutta.
Get ’em while they’re hot!!