Saturday, November 30, 2013

New Challenge winner

Team's challenge has started already for the 7th time now, so it's time to look back to two weeks long stage - Silk Artist Challenge #6

Last two weeks featured item was purple necktie by Zane from akwiinas.
In challenge were submit five beautiful treasuries:
1) Dress code for birthday party by Ieva Briede
2) Lavender Style Today! by Sirje
3) Sugar Plums by Lynne Tagliaferro
4) Purple, black and white - for HIM! by Maria Jurimae

And the winner treasury:



'Purple silk splendor' by jenmotl

Violet and purplish presents


CUSTOM silk neck tie Made fr...
$50

Limited Edition Jewelry, Pin...
$39.99

Eggplant wedding sash bridal...
$75

BLACK FRIDAY SALE, unique sk...
$135.71

Infinity silk scarf, with pi...
$35

Purple Silk Scarf Kimono
$138

Silk Scarf Purple Blue Shib...
$45

Hand painted silk scarf, pur...
$108

Purple Necktie Hand Painted....
$35

Pink Purple Lilac Sugilite S...
$27

Silk scarf LILAC hand paint...
$49

Deep purple velvet scarf
$50

Handpainted Silk Sundress Li...
$225

Silk necktie, organic design...
$25

Iris Hand Painted Make up Ba...
$39

Stripes to the Elbow Shibori...
$55

Friday, November 15, 2013

Silk Artist Challenge #5

Scarf by Sirje from SilkLetters
For a few weeks our team has a challenge - Silk Artist Challenge. The main idea is to create a treasury with featured item from previous week's winner shop.
Last weeks we created treasuries with Sirje's lovely scarf from SilkLetters. Now she has announced the winner treasury, but at first...




Here are all beautiful treasuries which were made for this challenge:
1) Crimson sapphire by Lynn
2) Purple inspiration by Liene
3) purple madness by Zane
4) Reflections of purple and blue by Maria
5) Purple wedding by Ieva

So the winner is....


'Your touch I love it' by akwiinas

Inspired by Purple silk scarf by SilkLetters


Purple Clematis Hand Painted...
$62

Blouse Handpainted Luxuriou...
$105

Hand Painted Long Silk Scarf...
$57

Handpainted Silk Scarf Blue ...
$49

Extra large silk shawl, over...
$120

Mini note card set - pack of...
$4.99

Hand painted silk scarf whit...
$48

Felted Scarf Ruffle Wavy, Pu...
$68

Silk necktie white grey pink...
$40

Flower silk dress hand paint...
$140

Violet scarf 'Violet sky...
$56

Floral Dress Peplum White Pu...
$40

Tablecloth white purple blue...
$15

Blue/Navy/Purple/Lilac/White...
$115

Purple, blue and white flowe...
$10

Cosmetics make up bag Fantas...
$16

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Steam Setting Silk Dyes- Vertical Steamer by Lynne

For those of you who use silk dyes and need to steam set them this is the one of our team members - Lynne from FantasticPheasant, made her steamer.


Here is what Lynne had to share on our team forum:

I find steaming to be a challenge in the silk painting process. When I first started using silk dyes I steamed the silk on the stove top with a vegetable steamer, to my surprise this worked pretty well. I would roll the silk in newsprint paper then coil it (like a cinnamon bun) then steam for a couple of hours. The problem with this procedure was that the silk sometimes got wet and folds would be steam set in the silk.

Since then I've created a vertical steamer. Being the frugal person I am, I made one instead of spending a lot of money to buy one.

I created the vertical stack with heating/air conditioning pipes with two groves cut in the top with a metal BBQ skewer placed in the groves to hang the silk from. I set this in a pot and place the whole thing on an electric hot plate. I place the pot lid on top of the stack covered in foil paper to keep the steam in. I still wrap the silk in newsprint and roll it (like a jelly roll) and hang in the stack. This works extremely well.

I'd love to hear how others steam their silk!

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Thanks Lynne for sharing your steamer with us today!

How about the rest of you, how do you steam your silk?