Saturday, June 7, 2014

75 Yards of Hand Dyed Silk Chiffon

When I see a bolt of silk I start to salivate. When I see three bolts of silk I have to steady myself because I just might faint from the anticipation of what is to come. Does this happen to you? Maybe you haven't ever even SEEN a full bolt of silk in which case you probably can't identify with the bliss I am about to describe.

The first step was to cut the silk into five panels per dress. There were 10 dresses to be dyed in this order; five in one color way and five in another color way. 

In the photo above, I dyed all panels for the sea foam color and because it was a rainy day, I hung them to dry inside my studio which runs the length of my house the basement. 

Once that was done, I then dyed the second set of panels in the taupe/putty/brown/kinda pinky color. They were able to hang to dry outside as the rain had stopped. 

Here is a photo of the taupe/putty/pink panels receiving their ombre color on the lower sections of the chiffon.

Here are the dresses finished and ready for sale. 

The designer's name is Mikie Spencer and she owns PerfectPear Fashions- Take a look at her beautiful clothes! 

Thank you, Mikie for allowing me the pleasure of spending my days in bliss with the most gorgeous textile in the world. Nothing compares to a day spent with silk. Lots and lots of it. The more the better. Okay now....I'm drooling.


Monday, June 2, 2014

Zambia Trip!

I am so very blessed to have the opportunity to travel to Zambia with a few other people from my church to seek out ways to make the school and orphanage that my friend Sam has built, more self sufficient. It needs to be generating income and pulling from local resources to do so.

My job is to show the teachers some fabric designing techniques and make some long runs of hand painted textiles with the older students that I will bring back here and sell.

In the 13 years I have taught fabric designing on line, I have had about 12-13 students from Africa, so I am aware of some of the problems they have dyeing and producing textiles there, but I won't truly have a feel for it until I go and spend time seeing for myself what the limitations are in this specific town and country.

I plan on journaling the adventure and will blog about it on this site when I return. There is a documentary being filmed too which I will be able to direct you to when that is finished.

Here's to life's adventures! 

I'll talk to you again soon before I go.

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I am a fiber artist. I am a teacher. I am a Reverend. I teach, I create, I counsel, I listen.

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