Posts Tagged: silk

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Day 22 – blue wrapped necklace

  I worked on this necklace but when I thought it was done it seemed like it needed something more. Very discouraging. When I was doing the photographs for the booth though I quickly stuck a bracelet on it and

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Day 22 – blue wrapped necklace

  I worked on this necklace but when I thought it was done it seemed like it needed something more. Very discouraging. When I was doing the photographs for the booth though I quickly stuck a bracelet on it and

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Day 24 – apply to shows

Ugh – I had a very bad habit the last couple of days (okay, four) of doing something I knew I was going to upload to thing-a-day and then not uploading it. So, in a marathon of uploading, in reverse

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Day 24 – apply to shows

Ugh – I had a very bad habit the last couple of days (okay, four) of doing something I knew I was going to upload to thing-a-day and then not uploading it. So, in a marathon of uploading, in reverse

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Day 18 – finished shacks

I finished bjcobb’s scarf homage. Here it is partially done and here it is all finished (okay, a few spots are still wet), bjcobb’s original piece and a few detail shots of mine.    I also took a picture of

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Day 18 – finished shacks

I finished bjcobb’s scarf homage. Here it is partially done and here it is all finished (okay, a few spots are still wet), bjcobb’s original piece and a few detail shots of mine.    I also took a picture of

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Day 17 – copying bjcobb

  I admired bjcobb’s painting of a row of houses during thing-a-day 2013 and got permission to copy it on a scarf. I don’t know why I didn’t do it last year. Anyway, here it is so far. And here is

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Day 17 – copying bjcobb

  I admired bjcobb’s painting of a row of houses during thing-a-day 2013 and got permission to copy it on a scarf. I don’t know why I didn’t do it last year. Anyway, here it is so far. And here is

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Day 16 – more website stuff

Good, productive day today. I worked for the first time for another crafter. That was very nice and it looks like she will continue to use me for a bit. I made more new listings on my website. I figured

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Day 16 – more website stuff

Good, productive day today. I worked for the first time for another crafter. That was very nice and it looks like she will continue to use me for a bit. I made more new listings on my website. I figured

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Day 15 – website update

I spent some considerable time taking pictures of scarves, editing them, resizing them and creating listings for each which also involves writing a description about each one. It just takes so long to do these and I have to do

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Day 15 – website update

I spent some considerable time taking pictures of scarves, editing them, resizing them and creating listings for each which also involves writing a description about each one. It just takes so long to do these and I have to do

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Day 6 – working at home

This is my work table right now. Can you spot my helper? My favorite kind of job besides working on my own stuff is to work for other crafters. Here you can see the tea towels I iron to set

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Day 6 – working at home

This is my work table right now. Can you spot my helper? My favorite kind of job besides working on my own stuff is to work for other crafters. Here you can see the tea towels I iron to set

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Day 5 – wrapped necklace

This is legit what I did today. It’s strips of my scarves wrapped around cotton clothesline. I ironed the silk onto fusible web to decrease the amount of fraying though there still is some. I like that I can use

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Day 5 – wrapped necklace

This is legit what I did today. It’s strips of my scarves wrapped around cotton clothesline. I ironed the silk onto fusible web to decrease the amount of fraying though there still is some. I like that I can use

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Day 2 – Mask brooches

      So many returning creators though I’d love to know if nysakline got her pilot’s license and I miss   catrinket of the brilliant little animals and farmer. This is a new thing for me, too – brooches

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Day 2 – Mask brooches

      So many returning creators though I’d love to know if nysakline got her pilot’s license and I miss   catrinket of the brilliant little animals and farmer. This is a new thing for me, too – brooches

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Last silk square, I promise

  I set out to do this square so in spite of my present misgivings about them, I’ve finished it. It is also framed (Michaels) and on a peel-and-stick vinyl square (Home Depot). Now I’m going to work on the

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Last silk square, I promise

  I set out to do this square so in spite of my present misgivings about them, I’ve finished it. It is also framed (Michaels) and on a peel-and-stick vinyl square (Home Depot). Now I’m going to work on the

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“R” on slate

More playing with silk on squares and framing. This is a smaller piece of blackish slate. I think the R might be a bit dark to be on the black. I really love this slate stuff though. I just have

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“R” on slate

More playing with silk on squares and framing. This is a smaller piece of blackish slate. I think the R might be a bit dark to be on the black. I really love this slate stuff though. I just have

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New lights, in progress

  Still not feeling up to much work but did manage a little painting. The top one is to go on a piece of glass like the pink/red/orange one last week. It still needs the black lines which will really

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New lights, in progress

  Still not feeling up to much work but did manage a little painting. The top one is to go on a piece of glass like the pink/red/orange one last week. It still needs the black lines which will really

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Parasols came, on hold, another finished thing

There are pictures of a finished silk square below but I’m actually more excited about the parasols. Unfortunately after some experimenting and even more shopping, I discovered that I needed to order a chemical fixative. So, I’ve done that and

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Parasols came, on hold, another finished thing

There are pictures of a finished silk square below but I’m actually more excited about the parasols. Unfortunately after some experimenting and even more shopping, I discovered that I needed to order a chemical fixative. So, I’ve done that and

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Lampshade

So, the folks at the gift shop took a look at my new products: lamp, graffiti on slate, and the new framing for the little silk squares. They thought they were all good. One liked the new framing, the other

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Lampshade

So, the folks at the gift shop took a look at my new products: lamp, graffiti on slate, and the new framing for the little silk squares. They thought they were all good. One liked the new framing, the other

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St. Patrick’s Day scarves

I know it’s not St. Patrick’s Day yet but just for once I’ve made scarves ahead of time so I am able to bring them to the couple of stores that carry my scarves and post them online as well.

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St. Patrick’s Day scarves

I know it’s not St. Patrick’s Day yet but just for once I’ve made scarves ahead of time so I am able to bring them to the couple of stores that carry my scarves and post them online as well.

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New silk square product

I had these little squares at the gift shop that carries my scarves. I make them by cutting up one of my hand painted silk scarves and stretching them over 6″x6″ canvas squares. The owners returned them to me because

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New silk square product

I had these little squares at the gift shop that carries my scarves. I make them by cutting up one of my hand painted silk scarves and stretching them over 6″x6″ canvas squares. The owners returned them to me because

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Light success! (pending)

If you’ve been following, the last two days have been lighting disasters which cost me time and money for supplies to try them out. Darn. But today, with just a can of spray adhesive I may have hit upon a

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Light success! (pending)

If you’ve been following, the last two days have been lighting disasters which cost me time and money for supplies to try them out. Darn. But today, with just a can of spray adhesive I may have hit upon a

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Sweethearts Candy scarf

I thought I was done with Valentine’s Day scarves until out of the blue I got a sudden inspiration to do one based on the Sweethearts candy around this time of year. I painted on silk chiffon which is not

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Sweethearts Candy scarf

I thought I was done with Valentine’s Day scarves until out of the blue I got a sudden inspiration to do one based on the Sweethearts candy around this time of year. I painted on silk chiffon which is not

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Valentine’s Day Silk Scarves

Some scarves for Valentine’s Day: pinks and reds, pink and red hearts, quotations, and Happy Valentine’s Day. The quote on the pink scarf is from Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116: Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends

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Valentine’s Day Silk Scarves

Some scarves for Valentine’s Day: pinks and reds, pink and red hearts, quotations, and Happy Valentine’s Day. The quote on the pink scarf is from Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116: Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends

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TAD 5: Simple bracelet

I made this from two broken necklaces. I like the simplicity of the silver and black silk cord.

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TAD 5: Simple bracelet

I made this from two broken necklaces. I like the simplicity of the silver and black silk cord.

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Scarves and Mom(s)

My Mom and two of her friends (not sure if they are moms) wearing my scarves. Mom wanted a purple one for another friend so I painted that today. Picture below. She says she likes these mosaic scarves because they

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Scarves and Mom(s)

My Mom and two of her friends (not sure if they are moms) wearing my scarves. Mom wanted a purple one for another friend so I painted that today. Picture below. She says she likes these mosaic scarves because they

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Painted LOVE

  I am a working crafter. I usually paint silk scarves but not everyone wears scarves so I’m trying to expand my business with new products. I’m hoping Thing-A-Day with help me keep me on track. These letters are originally

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Painted LOVE

  I am a working crafter. I usually paint silk scarves but not everyone wears scarves so I’m trying to expand my business with new products. I’m hoping Thing-A-Day with help me keep me on track. These letters are originally

Silk Painting

I first ketched on a design, then lightly applied watercolor.

Silk Painting

I first ketched on a design, then lightly applied watercolor.

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T.S. Eliot and Carole King Commissioned scarves

    Here are two scarves commissioned by someone who saw me on Thing-A-Day! Thanks to her and thanks to Thing-A-Day for helping this be a very productive month. I am determined to continue posting a thing a day on

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T.S. Eliot and Carole King Commissioned scarves

    Here are two scarves commissioned by someone who saw me on Thing-A-Day! Thanks to her and thanks to Thing-A-Day for helping this be a very productive month. I am determined to continue posting a thing a day on

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hokeypokey 29/29 = 1

I am ending on a beginning.  While in Kyoto this winter I went to a monthly flea market at the Toji temple where I found some amazing silk pieces to turn into a skirt.  I bought 2 orange and 2

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hokeypokey 29/29 = 1

I am ending on a beginning.  While in Kyoto this winter I went to a monthly flea market at the Toji temple where I found some amazing silk pieces to turn into a skirt.  I bought 2 orange and 2

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Sketch for new scarf

I’m doing a demonstration of my scarf painting techniques at the WOW (Women of the World) conference in Baltimore this coming Friday-Sunday. This is a sketch of the graffiti scarf I am going to do. I’ve chosen the first names

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Sketch for new scarf

I’m doing a demonstration of my scarf painting techniques at the WOW (Women of the World) conference in Baltimore this coming Friday-Sunday. This is a sketch of the graffiti scarf I am going to do. I’ve chosen the first names

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Oblivious scarf

My “namer” wanted to try his hand at a scarf so I am happy to cede my daily space to his creation. He has included the tags of all of his family as well as symbolic representations of yin/yang and

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Oblivious scarf

My “namer” wanted to try his hand at a scarf so I am happy to cede my daily space to his creation. He has included the tags of all of his family as well as symbolic representations of yin/yang and

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Finished Scarves

Steaming Saturday turned into Steaming Sunday so here are the finished scarves from the week. Sorry for the quality of the photograph. I took it at night with the flash. I think the pigeon one is my favorite. Makes me

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Finished Scarves

Steaming Saturday turned into Steaming Sunday so here are the finished scarves from the week. Sorry for the quality of the photograph. I took it at night with the flash. I think the pigeon one is my favorite. Makes me

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Fort McHenry scarf

My “namer” is here today so this one is to be called Fort McHenry. Something to do with the British (the redder bits) when they bombed the Americans (the bluer bits) at Baltimore landmark Fort McHenry. A very pleasant trip

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Fort McHenry scarf

My “namer” is here today so this one is to be called Fort McHenry. Something to do with the British (the redder bits) when they bombed the Americans (the bluer bits) at Baltimore landmark Fort McHenry. A very pleasant trip

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Silk Ties FAIL

Oh, it’s awful. I tried painting silk ties today and it didn’t come out well. I didn’t have time to paint a scarf so I’m stuck posting a picture of them. You can buy the blank, white ties from Dharma

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Silk Ties FAIL

Oh, it’s awful. I tried painting silk ties today and it didn’t come out well. I didn’t have time to paint a scarf so I’m stuck posting a picture of them. You can buy the blank, white ties from Dharma

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Angry Hamlet Speech scarf

Feeling angry and sad from something that happened today, I tried to find distraction on YouTube. I stumbled upon David Tennant (Dr. Who) and Patrick Stewart (forever Captain Picard) in Hamlet. Can I just say what amazing actors they are? In

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Angry Hamlet Speech scarf

Feeling angry and sad from something that happened today, I tried to find distraction on YouTube. I stumbled upon David Tennant (Dr. Who) and Patrick Stewart (forever Captain Picard) in Hamlet. Can I just say what amazing actors they are? In

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Mardi Gras Fireworks scarf

     I’m not being lazy, I swear! The little cups I use to mix paint are full and I can’t bear to throw the stuff away. I liked how the green and purple looked together in the previous Mardi

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Mardi Gras Fireworks scarf

     I’m not being lazy, I swear! The little cups I use to mix paint are full and I can’t bear to throw the stuff away. I liked how the green and purple looked together in the previous Mardi

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Scarf of Many Colors

I didn’t think I could do a good looking scarf in honor of pancake day today so I just did a quick scarf using up leftover colors from previous scarves. Usually when I do this I spread the colors evenly

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Scarf of Many Colors

I didn’t think I could do a good looking scarf in honor of pancake day today so I just did a quick scarf using up leftover colors from previous scarves. Usually when I do this I spread the colors evenly

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Day 20: Hibiscus-Dyed Silk

This bit of silk I dyed with hibiscus flowers. I’m quite happy with the shade of maroon I wound up with! And yes, if you think you smell a larger project in the works, incorporating multiple bits of hand-dyed silk,

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Day 20: Hibiscus-Dyed Silk

This bit of silk I dyed with hibiscus flowers. I’m quite happy with the shade of maroon I wound up with! And yes, if you think you smell a larger project in the works, incorporating multiple bits of hand-dyed silk,

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Mt. Vernon, Baltimore scarf finished!

     Click for detail shots as well as one of my cat who got in the middle of things. I don’t love the middle section. I often have trouble with it. I never know what color to make it.

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Mt. Vernon, Baltimore scarf finished!

     Click for detail shots as well as one of my cat who got in the middle of things. I don’t love the middle section. I often have trouble with it. I never know what color to make it.

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Day 19: Rust-Dyed Silk

Today I unwrapped a piece of silk from the old railroad spike that it’s been snuggled up to for the last couple days, rinsed the vinegar out, and hung it up to dry. The results are pretty but very mild;

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Day 19: Rust-Dyed Silk

Today I unwrapped a piece of silk from the old railroad spike that it’s been snuggled up to for the last couple days, rinsed the vinegar out, and hung it up to dry. The results are pretty but very mild;

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Mt. Vernon scarf in progress

   Sorry I couldn’t get a finished one for you today. These more complex scarves take many times the hours as the other ones. Click to see detail shots. Mt. Vernon is a neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Neighborhoods in

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Mt. Vernon scarf in progress

   Sorry I couldn’t get a finished one for you today. These more complex scarves take many times the hours as the other ones. Click to see detail shots. Mt. Vernon is a neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Neighborhoods in

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Finished Silk Scarves

Another Steaming Saturday so here are the week’s scarves all steamed and ready to go.

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Finished Silk Scarves

Another Steaming Saturday so here are the week’s scarves all steamed and ready to go.

GBBC: Common Grackle

Great Backyard Bird Count: Common Grackle

           My Great Backyard Bird Count results: 32 House Sparrows, 2 American Robins, 1 Ring-billed Gull, 2 Mourning Doves, 1 bird of unknown species, and 2 Common Grackles EXCEPT they weren’t Grackles, they were Eastern Starlings.

GBBC: Common Grackle

Great Backyard Bird Count: Common Grackle

           My Great Backyard Bird Count results: 32 House Sparrows, 2 American Robins, 1 Ring-billed Gull, 2 Mourning Doves, 1 bird of unknown species, and 2 Common Grackles EXCEPT they weren’t Grackles, they were Eastern Starlings.

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Great Backyard Bird Count: Pigeon scarf

       Continuing inspiration from the calendar, February 17-20 are the dates for the Great Backyard Bird Count. This scarf is my pigeon impression. Click for detail and picture of a pigeon. The Great Backyard Bird Count is run by

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Great Backyard Bird Count: Pigeon scarf

       Continuing inspiration from the calendar, February 17-20 are the dates for the Great Backyard Bird Count. This scarf is my pigeon impression. Click for detail and picture of a pigeon. The Great Backyard Bird Count is run by