Category Archives: Silk

An Experiment with the Microwave

Recently, I have been reading about the traditional Japanese skill of Shibori. You’ve probably seen examples around as it has become very popular. Shibori is a dyeing method that involves folding and binding plain, undyed cloth and then submerging the knotted … Continue reading

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Layering – Part III – Darker Backgrounds

In the third and final part of my series about painting layers on silk I have turned my attention to the challenges of starting with darker backgrounds. This is a design that I have painted in more than one colourway. … Continue reading

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Layering – Part II

In a recent post I uploaded photographs of the layering process. I used green dyes for the new top layer on a square silk twill scarf. Here, is another combination of colours on the same original coloured background, but this time on … Continue reading

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Layering – Part I

It is time for changing two or three older pieces of work that haven’t sold. I am happy to say that overpainting previously painted and steamed silk can give some very pleasing results. Here a (boring) pale cream, lilac and … Continue reading

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Hand-painted, really?

This is not what I was going to blog about today, but I need to have a little, or not so little moan. This is how my morning started. Firstly, I received an email from a company asking me if … Continue reading

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One silk scarf, three linen shirts

The beauty and fun of chiffon is that it is translucent .  .  .  .  . and that means the colours of a chiffon scarf will vary depending on the colours beneath it. I have to admit when I began … Continue reading

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Back from Narnia?

It has been awkward finding appealing interior spaces and decent natural lighting for a scarf photoshoot this past winter and the following grey, grey spring, but, eventually, I have some new photographs for my online shop. It always takes longer … Continue reading

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It’s Officially Spring

It was the Vernal Equinox on Tuesday and despite all the wintery and bitterly cold wind (a short visit from Mini-beast last week, the cousin of the Beast from the East) it is officially spring and just a little bit … Continue reading

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Purple, violet, mauve

You may or may not have noticed, depending on how much you use Google, that earlier this week Google marked an interesting textiles red-letter day, or should that be purple-letter day. The folks at Google uploaded the above rather charming … Continue reading

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A favourite bird motif morphs into a ???

I have been having a serious clear out of cloth. I am trying to be disciplined about this. I am attempting to organise all my work materials so there is studio space that is conducive to work and not one … Continue reading

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UK Handmade Winter Showcase

It is now November and I think we can safely mention ‘Christmas’ and yesterday the Winter/Christmas UK Handmade Showcase went live. One of my silk scarves has been featured, and, I love the way the UK Handmade folk have chosen … Continue reading

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