Posts tagged ‘Althea Peregrine’
Experimenting with new processes in color makes for a really fun collection of spring scarves!
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!
Published: January 2010
$17.95 US, $23.50 Canadian
I’m really humbled to be in the company of 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.
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.
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!
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
You 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 Dharmatrading.com) that I heated and pressed against screen mesh and dried reeds to make the geometric shapes of the second layer.
Once 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.
Hmmm, good greens can be hard to find, but this grouping is right on the money!
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.