I just had a flurry of scarf-making activity and then had fun photographing them outside with my daughter and playing with shadows.
The motivation to make them came from a remarkable coincidence involving a gift shop owner in Brodhead, WI, who contacted my blog friend tiedyejudy in Arizona after seeing her scarves online. Judy, who had learned to make the Sulky Solvy scarves from my blog posts, didn't have time to fill more orders but put the shop owner in contact with me.
Imagine my surprise when I learned she was in Brodhead, which is where my art quilt friend Judi Kane lived before moving to Oregon. Judi recently passed away, but before she died she gave all of her dying supplies to Sheila, a mutual friend of ours who also used to live in Wisconsin but is now in Idaho and used to have a fabric dying business with Judi. Sheila had recently dyed this gradation ...
... from the dye recipe she and Judi developed when they were in Brodhead. So she sent me some of the luscious fabric and I made a scarf from it to send back to Brodhead. A full circle. And, to boot, the shop owner actually KNEW Judi about 10 years ago through a gallery in Brodhead.
I tried out some of my yarns with the fabric and decided to just use a few snippets of yarn and fabric sandwiched between a water-soluble stabilizer. I put parchment paper under and on top of the scarf sandwich and ironed with a hot, dry iron to seal the layers together. In the past I've safety pinned the layers together, but it's quicker to iron them. (This probably wouldn't work if you had a lot of fabric and yarn in the scarf.)
And here is the finished, airy, breezy scarf:
More scarves from the week of sewing:
|Ironed and ready to sew.|
|Sewing a grid to hold layers together.|
|After sewing and rinsing the soluble stabilizer away.|
The final result.
Hop on over to Nina Marie's Off the Wall Fridays at http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/ to see what other fiber artists have been up to in the past week.
Have a colorful day