Posts tagged ‘Althea Peregrine’

Hot silk dyes, cool results

Experimenting with new processes in color makes for a really fun collection of spring scarves!


16 April 2010 at 3:57 pm Leave a comment

It’s here! I’m published!


Well, my advance copy is here . . . although the book won’t be available until January.  It’s called Paper Cuts and it’s a beautiful how-to book with project photos, directions, and patterns for 35 paper cutting projects.  Four of them are mine!
Publisher: Lark
Published: January 2010
128 pages
ISBN: 1-60059-512-X
ISBN13: 9781600595127
$17.95 US, $23.50 Canadian

I’m really humbled to be in the company img662of these designers, ‘cause all of the projects are beautiful and some of them are just incredible.  My submissions are relatively simple.  Hopefully, they’ll help get beginners started!  Here’s a sample page from the book, showing one of the projects I submitted.



I’ve also got lots of Scherenschnitte decorations and ornaments in my Etsy shop if you’re not ready to make your own.

27 November 2009 at 8:15 am 4 comments

Centerfest, Durham, NC, Sept. 19-20

Centerfest is one of the bigger juried shows around North Carolina, and it’s happening this weekend.   That’s one of my scarves in the poster below . . . cool, huh?  I’ll be in booth E13, so come by and say “hi,” or “hey,” if you’re so inclined.


18 September 2009 at 10:53 am 1 comment

Pure, Strong Color

The talented women of the Wear It Out Market inspire one great outfit after another with their versatility! Pin the chartreuse corsage on the cobalt trenchcoat and add a bright green scarflette for good strong color, then accessorize with a green cuff on one wrist and a green bangle on the other. Pull the whole thing together with a fabulous leather bag, and head out!cobalt_again

Felted Cobalt Trenchcoat by Vigilante Labs 
Feather Light Chartreuse Corsage by Kerreraskye
I Want to Believe Cuff by thebeadedlily 
The Artist Satchel, Leaf, by Que Jimenez
Kumah Bangle by thebeadedlily 
Patricia Scarflette by UrArtist

31 July 2009 at 10:14 pm 1 comment

Layering Colors and Patterns

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou can add depth to fabric with layers of surface design techniques. For this pastel silk crepe scarf,  I made a dye paste by mixing professional procion silk dyes with alginate to make the dye a good consistency for silk screening. I cut some simple shapes from craft paper and silk screened them onto the fabric, decided that wasn’t enough, and started to play with stamps. I had some moldable foam (from that I heated and pressed against screen mesh and dried reeds to make the geometric shapes of the second layer.

blueleavesxOnce I steam set those colors into the silk, I painted the thickened dye paste onto some rubber stamps I’d made and scattered leaves across the background.  I added a few scattered dots from leaf to leaf with a pencil eraser and voila, a subtle pastel leaf scarf.

You can get more information and see different views of this scarf at my Etsy Shop.

24 July 2009 at 1:35 am 1 comment

Good Greens from Wear It Out Market

Hmmm, good greens can be hard to find, but this grouping is right on the money!

green Kate Wristlet in Black & White by Chic Boutique
Maya Green Leaf Earrings by Stonehouse Studio
Atomic Lace Top by Dye Diana Dye
O Green World Necklace by Amy Lee Jewelry
Silk Wrap by Althea Peregrine

17 July 2009 at 1:25 am 2 comments

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.

warmcharm3 This started out as a pink scarf that I overdyed with purple.  I used soy wax and batiked leaf shapes over it, then dyed it a darker purple.

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.

screen1 To the left is the screen I used.  I blocked off one side with paper and duct tape and used only half the screen at a time. 

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.

coolcharm3 This one was done in cooler shades, using the same greyed-out purple dye as well as a yellow-bronze color, and just a touch of pink.

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. 

4 June 2009 at 7:07 pm 2 comments

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