Sunday, January 31, 2010
Painting Silk Today
After three days of birthday extravaganza at my house, I'm back to work. Today I'll be painting three batches of Tussah Silk.
I used to dye silk with the same stove top method that I use for wool, but I often found myself having to touch up places. It can be challenging to get the dye to penetrate all of the silk fibers especially those at the core of the roving. In essence, it became a stove top/hand painting method.
My recent time spent hand painting wool has increased my confidence as a painter and one of my first thoughts was that I need to do this for silk. It just makes more sense, I think, to paint silk. Right now you can see my silk is just hanging out in a bath of water and white vinegar, but soon it will come alive with color. I hope to be back tomorrow or the next day with picture of my finished silk.