Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Heart of Silk
We hear about 'hearts of gold' and 'hearts on fire' but what would a 'heart of silk' look like?
Silk is, well - silky! It is luminous, can drape or hold shape. It reflects light in subtle nuances. You can wear it or sew with it. I especially like to applique with silken pearl thread and embellish with hand dyed silk ribbon. My favorite supplier of this is The Threadgatherer from Boise. The color selection is just incredible.
It has an amazing history and an entire trade route was named after it. I am currently reading "Shadow of the Silk Road" by Colin Thubron. I'm going to spend some time getting to know the history of this amazing textile.
If you want to practice with silk fabric, head to the thrift store. There are amazing finds there that cost very little. Silk is also great to stamp on with rubber stamps and metallic ink. One of my favorite's is Stewart Superiors Palette Metallic Ink. There is a great stamped purse with directions on their site under designers.
Enjoy this pastel version of yesterday's pieced heart. These hearts can be made into small tokens of friendship, new baby ornament or for a bridal shower momento.
There is kit for this version for sale on the web site.