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Glamorous Scarves, Stoles & Wraps
Wrap yourself in the warmth of a pashmina or luxuriate in the glow of a hand-painted gossamer scarf. Silk scarves are hand painted using special fabric paints or dyes in the hands of skilled artisans. Each scarf is unique because it is impossible to recreate a hand painted scarf.
Water based paints and dyes interact with the water used to wet the silk, often leaving signs and marks from the very nature of the medium. It's like the laying on of water's own "handprint".
I made my own set-up, using a set of large artist's stretcher bars. Instead of pinning the corners/edges into the frame (they just popped out - egads!).
For me, it worked best to sew the scarf fabric onto the frame. I cut an especially long piece of silk thread, and sewed through the fabric edge, and all the way around the stretcher bar side and back up to catch the scarf a couple inches away from the first thread.
I worked that way all around the frame, with the result looking like a trampoline for butterflies.
Now, I'm a woman who taught herself how to wire a house - two two-hundred amp panels - while living in a campsite hidden away above our homesite in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. I love to learn by doing, and I am a painter - to boot!
All the while I worked on my first scarf, I thought about painting with oils. In fact, I dumped a whole pot of dye on my living room carpet, and that sort of set the tone for my scarf-painting endeavor. Luckily for me the carpet was set to be removed for renovation when I moved out, and I covered what remained of the stain after I spent a day or two sopping it up.
In that apartment the kitchen couldn't hold my art spot, so I used the larger living room to do my work. Recommending you at least cover an area of carpet extending four feet out around the perimeter of your frame, if you decide to explore this fantastic art. I've set aside my plans for further scarf-painting until I have a studio with cement floors.
Watching these videos does present some background knowledge of the work artisans go through to produce the exquisite pieces of work that we display as treasured accessories. Tweet
Appreciate Silk Painting
Silk is luxurious and strong. Painting on silk is a craft that is carefully and lusciously explained in this comprehensive book. Whether you decide to do your own or to buy the best, the education in appreciation and skill-building is critical to select the highest quality silk scarves.
Silk - the Virtuous and Sensuous Fabric for ArtsySilkScarves is Painted by Fabric Artists
No fabric has such a rich history as silk. The elegance of silk scarves is well known and you can paint a silk scarf yourself and enjoy the pleasure of wearing a product of your own creation, or purchase from a master.
An artist draws directly on silk fabric, using a freehand drawing or design taped onto a light table or onto a window glass, with the fabric fastened over that onto the glass. Then the design is carefully copied onto the silk with a pencil, or a fabric painting marker.
Then a painting stretcher frame is used, assembled from a ready-made set of stretcher bars (the same kind used to stretch canvas for an oil painting). Cork strips are glued to one side or to the outside edge of the bars. Pins are placed through the silk fabric to hold one side to the bars.
Gently the silk is stretched to the opposite side, beginning in the middle and working to the corners of the opposite side. At that point the two remaining sides are anchored with pins and the fabric is gently stretched while it is pulled slightly outward until the whole scarf piece is anchored.
Then the pencil marks are covered with a Resist (product designed to resist the paint, leaving the silk its natural color), using a small fine paint brush or tube or squeeze bottle with a very fine tip. The artist carefully joins all lines to adjoining lines so paint colors will not seep from one section into another one. Once the resist has dried, the design is painted.
Paint is added to sections while the silk is dry, for hard-edged sharp colors, or to wet or partially-wetted areas for a watercolor style.
Once dry the paint is fixed to set it, for permanence. According to the method used, and the painter's intention, the scarf will be washable or will require Dry Cleaning.
Painting With Dye
Color by Design shows you how to dye cottons and silks in an incredible range of colors and patterns--without changing the feel of your fabric. Using every tool imaginable--from brushes, sponges, stamps, and blocks to rollers, sprays, silk screens, and more--you will discover an endless array of techniques. Right away you will be able to create your own distinctive marks and colors, and with practice, you will create intricate designs with confidence and spontaneity.
*.....Color by Design offers:
*.....48 exercises with crystal-clear directions, step by step
*.....Recipes that can be prepared ahead and instructions to store them
*.....More than 120 color photos of sensational fabrics, with how-to captions
*.....Information and options for more experienced dyers
*.....Special chapters on water-soluble resists and on dyeing blacks
Plunge into the Fun With This Kit - play like a kid and you may get hooked
Explore the craft of painting on silk scarves without making the investment. This kit is designed for anyone old enough to read and hold a paintbrush, and the good sense to protect the painting area. I dropped a whole tray full of dye pots right onto my carpet - thankfully it was due to be replaced the next year, but I had to cover the marks with a new rug.
You get two scarves on which to create your gorgeous silk drawings. Use Have a blast painting, blending, dabbing, and sprinkling, to make your own unique scarf and bandana! This awesome kit includes a 45" silk scarf, 28" silk bandana, 3 silk dyes (red, blue, yellow), mixing palette, 3 bamboo brushes, chunky salt, eye dropper, rubber gloves, and instructions with 3 cool silk painting techniques. This award winning kit is fun and lets kids make beautiful creations that they are sure to be proud of giving or wearing.
Silk Scarf Painter Creates a Stunning Flower - right before your eyes!
She used a mask to define iris' petals and stem, then adds dyes inside the shapes. Stunning. Enjoy!
Try Your Own Handpainting
All you need to know to experience silk painting first hand. This is a compelling book full of techniques and little secrets. Once you have painted your own silk scarf you will either take off on your own, or bring a new found sense of appreciation to your silk scarf buying and selection.
Ancient Chinese Developed Silk Thread
Silk comes from nature, from silk worms
Luxurious silk fibers and fabrics have humble beginnings. The great majority of the four types of silk: mulberry, tasar, eri, and muga, come from the well developed Indian silk industry.
The mulberry feeding moth larvae reach 2 to three inches in length, while the adult moth is generally 1/2" long, with females even smaller. Silk worms produce protein substance threads out of their glands through openings called spinnerets, located under their lower lips. These filaments are produced in the process of making the worms' cocoons.
In only a short month after hatching they reach maturity, and the worms will spin their own protective cocoons. Those cocoons are removed from the worms and plunged into a tub of warm water. After the thread has absorbed enough water to make it more pliable it is unwound and rewound on a spool.
The wild variety of silk is colored by the worm's diet, whatever it munches on in its natural environment. Whatever the worm eats affects the color of the filaments, generally white, yellow or green. The threads vary in thickness and smoothness.
The most delicate and prized silks come from cultivated silk, sometimes called mulberry silk. This type of silk has uniform fibers, longer than wild silk, and stronger too, averaging 1/1200" in diameter, and up to 4,000' long.
The fine filament comes from a tiny 1-1/2" length cocoon from which the chrysalis is sacrificed. The entire thread is spun into one continuous figure eight skein, and eventually a few strands, or up to 100, are joined together and wound on spools. from zanzibartribalart.com
Appreciation for Hand Painting on Silk - For the student and the afficianado
Scarf-wearing Tutorial from Experts - how-to-fold - how-to-tie - how to wrap
Handpainted by Designers
Add the glorious feel of a silk scarf to your Summer wardrobe.
See How Easy It Is to Tie Scarves With Flair!
It always helps to see a diagram you can follow to practice wrapping and tying scarves in so many ways. Greatest Look's Fashion & Beauty Advice will show you simple diagrams for tying 14 chic styles of scarf wearing.
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Luscious Scarves for Fashionistas
My first Lens is ChemoWraps (below in My Lenses list).
When it was full to overflowing I created this Lens, complete with wonderful scarf pins and brooches that work well for anchoring special wraps and ties.
This special Lens is full of more scarves. Get all the varieties you need for every purpose. It has outstanding video tutorials, including: 'Rosie the Riveter' Hairdo Tutorial!