Beating the Heck out of Silk
When I first started working with Marcia-the-Mentor, I was astonished at how much she’d do to a piece of silk before she called it finished. Now she’s got me doing it.
I hated it.
I gave it a warm bath in thiox and as the pink and purple were removed, the scarf became pale orange and beige.
I cut some shapes out of clear contact paper and stuck these to a blank silk screen. Using Procion MX dyes thickened with sodium alginate, I made a dye paste to use on the silkscreen and made three color passes over the entire scarf: one yellow, one orange, one a very greyed-out purple. I just listed this piece at my Etsy shop.
I later used the larger shape on the left of the screen to use the same process on another silk scarf I wasn’t happy with, pictured below and listed at my shop on 1000Markets.
Both of these scarves feel wonderful; I think the hand of the silk softened with each process, although it’s still as strong as ever. As always, they’re colorfast so you can handwash them in the silk with a little Woolite, or by machine on the gentle cycle. Drip dry, then touch up with an iron.
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