As I study other fiber artist’s work online, I have noticed how some of them use patterned sections in their scarves and I wondered how they got those effects. Knowing they use silk and merino as I do, I realized they must be using printed silk. I went online and found beautiful old sari’s for sale, so I picked out my favorites (pictured above) and ordered them! I also saw some gorgeous iridescent silks in solid colors and ordered some of those too. I am very excited about incorporating these exquisite colors and patterns into my scarf designs!
I have some silk already, for my scarf designs and for use in the workshops, but in the very near future I will have even more!
My sister gave me a silk scarf the other day, which was delicate, sheer, and one of those treasures women cherish for their beauty. It is a gentle creamy white with small pink accents and grey and white filagrees printed on. To make it even more beautiful, there are little clear but reflective sequins sewn on here and there to give a bit of sparkle.
Inspired, I decided to invest in some sheer silks to attempt to create some equally charming scarves but of a different nature. I found a company called JRB Silks online and ordered these colors. The silk material will be used as background for the merino and silk fibers. I will felt merino wool and silk fibers onto the sheer fabric to create what is known as Nuno felting.
Nuno felting can be seen on many you tube videos and is not difficult. I will post my results when I have experimented with this fun new creative process.