A Fresh Silk Scarf

“This feels good! What is it?”

“Raw silk.”

“But it is not slippery. It feels so soft.”

This conversation was repeated at every 2014 craft market where I sold my L-shaped wraps.  This week the light came on in the connection closet of my brain. Why am I not making scarves from raw silk? And here they are! Prototypes with colorful dye and paint and also an elegant interpretation with black paint on the neutral silk.

I use a small 1 inch fringed hem on the short ends to create a soft edge without fussiness; the long sides are double turned and stitched. They measure approximately 17 by 70″.  A raw silk scarf can become an all season star: tucked under a coat collar, tossed over shoulders as a wrap, or twirled to create a spectacular neckline.

They are not yet on the market, but will appear early in January 2016.  Look for them at Seeking Stars Art.

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The Tag Tells

 Fibergig is adding new tags to our scarves, garments, and stoles.  We always check the fiber content of fabric and yarn before they are put to use.  Fiber content often limits which techniques we can use in fabrication. It determines best options for paint, dye, pressing heat, and needle style.

Fiber content gives clues about how the article will feel and how to care for it. We want you to know more.

The new tags are photographed here with a small art piece which celebrates the touch of cotton, linen, silk, and wool.  Look for the new tags on items available online at Seeking Stars Art and Fibergig.  Our homepage includes buttons to get you there.

More Than Conquerors

This is a banner I made for the Metro DC Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for their celebration of the Reformation in 2011.  It is inspired by Romans 8: 37, the verse that proceeds one of my personal favorites.  It is a processional banner, with words on the back for the viewers to see as the banner moves onward.

I printed on red, gold, adobe, and copper-colored silk.  The banner is created in three layers, window screening, five wavy panels of silk, and a large cross of cotton duck appliqued with gold mesh fabric. The design is physically and symbolically for a church in movement.  It is easier to process a large banner when the air can move through it.  Traditional symbols used in a contemporary format and the mixture of materials suggest change.

I chose this scripture after a rousing Bible Study on a Wednesday morning at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winchester, VA.  This is my home congregation.  Those of us who gather at 7:30 in the morning are devoted learners.  Pastor Jim Utt posed the question, “What would be better than being conquerors?”  I had a very snappy response that morning.  And for you, in this moment, what would be better than being conquerors?