Friday, July 10, 2015

It's been while.... Lightweight silk and wool scarf

Since moving to New York, I have been able to set up a studio in what would be a dining room in the house I am renting. I love walking through the room with a piece on the giant table and just stopping to look and add to it. Every morning after the dog and I do our routine, I will work for ten or twenty minutes on whatever I have on the table. I am trying to build an inventory. I have a few pieces in a gallery in Horsham, PA, but I really want to get some in local galleries here in New York.

The table is almost 8 foot with the leaves in. I still need to raise it up a few more inches so I don't keep killing my back but it works for now.

I started with long piece of silk that was almost 8 foot long, added merino edge around the side then merino wool branches. At this point I decided to fill in the silk with white merino wool in a very thin layer.
I added prefelt green leaves, and silk paper flowers that I had made. a few blue silk paper dots and strands of merino.This picture is a panorama that is a bit distorted in the middle.

When I make silk paper I lay it out on parchment paper and spray it with starch, then cover it with another piece of parchment paper and iron it. let it dry and then cut it into the shapes I want. For felting this works well.

I sprayed it with water and olive oil soap and covered it in plastic then rolled it. then opened it up and rubbed it, then rolled, etc.
The finished piece about 3/4 the length of the table. I am letting it dry and will check it in the morning to see if it needs more work. I was pleased with the results.

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