Sunday, April 26, 2009

Dyeing to Play

It's a wonderfully rainy weekend here in Chicago, which is exactly what the doctor ordered. I came home Friday to my much-awaited package of a bolt of white silk gauze and fun colors of Jacquard acid dyes.

I'm teaching a Nuno Felting class in two weeks and need to prepare silk for the students to choose. Plus, I rediscovered my love for Nuno felting in the past few weeks and have been dying (no pun intended) to play around with silk gauze again. I had forgotten how easily silk gauze felts in comparison to silk chiffon.

So since Friday night, I've been cooking up batches of glorious color and felting scarves. I skipped yoga this morning and am missing swim team practice right now. It's going to be hard to save silk for the class!


SilkPajamajamas said...

Try Exotic's soft organza (don't know the catalog #). It comes off the bolt as a floaty straight-weave translucent silk, but after washing it becomes the softest silk I've ever handled. A bit more body than gauze. I've never done felting, but I have recommended this to others and I think you'd really love it. At least you should know about it.

Edith said...

Hi Laura
Just surfing for ideas to felt as the weather is cold and damp today here in Hawke's Bay New Zealand and was directed to your blog.I am a weaving and feltmaker. Love your work,just wish I lived closer so I could attend your classes. Look forward to seeing more of your work.