Playing with Dyed Silk

I taught a couple more Easy and Fun Silk Scarf Dyeing classes this month. In these classes students practice on a piece of silk before they actually dye their scarves. In the past I’ve suggested making cards with those scraps. For these classes I had finished cards to show and the supplies needed for them to make their own cards.


Here is how I made those cards. The fabric needs to be stiffened. I used Terial Magic fabric spray. After soaking the fabric, I let it dry for about 10 minutes (I blotted the fabric with a towel to hurry the process) and then ironed it. The stiffened silk was attached to the card with Stitch Witchery. That’s it.

I also made an ornament using those dyed silk scraps. I started with a paper mache ornament blank and Golden Regular Gel Medium.

silkscrapornament1After spreading the gel medium on the ornament, I added cut some silk pieces.


Then I covered the silk pieces with the gel medium.

silkscrapornament3After the ornament dried I brushed on Jacquard True Gold Lumiere. After it dried, this is what the finished ornament looks like.


Here are some pictures from those classes this month. So much fun! And so easy! I’m always amazed at all of the beautiful results.

I’ll be teaching another Easy and Fun Silk Scarf Dyeing class on Saturday, November 5 at Scattered Art. This class will give us an opportunity to make some holiday presents.

Meanwhile, I’ve been working on another class where we’ll be painting these cute zip bags.


It sure is hot here. I’ve been getting up and out early in the morning putting in a couple hours on weeding and mulching before the major heat. With all of the stuff Dave has to do in the garden I volunteered to clean out and mulch his Butterfly Garden. So I’ve been working on this project for a couple weeks and today it’s finished except for a few new plants Dave will be adding. Over the years he has added some beautiful plants, and it’s a wonderful area for the butterflies and bees. And the birds love the birdbath. Now to move on to some of “my” areas that I’ve postponed. If you look at the photo in the top right of the picture you can see the asparagus ferns!


butterflygarden2It’s amazing how many hours are in the day when you get up at 5:30!

Yesterday I worked on something I’ve wanted to make for years – coiled bowls. These are just the first ones that I’ll be painting.  I can’t believe how good I felt to finally sit down and do this! I’ll be making bigger ones next time and also adding fabric.

ropecoilbowlsThat’s all for today. I’d love to hear from you if there is something you’d like to create, but just haven’t taken the time to do it.