New and Improved

It’s been a long while since I last posted and I’m going to attempt to start adding entries on a regular basis, so we’ll see how that goes.

Summer has been a juggling act between tending the garden, transcribing, caring for my mother, and getting downstairs to work on silk.  With each piece I’m learning more and more about the craft, the behavior of the dye, the paints and the fabric, and becoming more bold and less intimidated.  There’s still that moment of held breath right before I lay the silk on the marbling size or place the first daub of dye onto pristine white, knowing it’s the point of no return, but my confidence is growing!

I’m working with larger pieces – stoles and shawls – and the much larger tank has necessitated some new methods.  I found that I can get away with a lot less size, which is great because that means I don’t have to mix gallons and gallons of the stuff.  I also get much better ‘stones’ of paint when I drop it onto the surface.  Turns out the deeper the size, the more the paint spread.  Who knew?  Anyway – the larger patterns are coming out beautifully.  I ordered some silk chiffon which is absolutely gorgeous.  It does have some little quirks with handling and I have to work those kinks out.

I’ve also been trying to get new product photos done.  Since I’m not a photographer by any stretch it hasn’t been easy.  I have reached the conclusion that I’m just going to have to get somebody to model the scarves.  The only way they’re going to look really good is on someone with a real neck and shoulders.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, my life is kind of fragmented.  I spend my days bouncing from one thing to the next to the next and rarely have the chance to devote some serious time to any one task, but I’m slowly making progress with the goal of having a decent inventory of new items by October for the Horseshoe Market. Update coming soon…