No progress on the wool project this week. I was far too busy running round the country to meet up with Bloggers, Toyboys, shopping, and trying fast cars!
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In the meantime another little project I played about with some years ago.
I bought a plain uncoloured silk scarf, with a rolled edge and ready for painting. I always wash the fabric before painting to remove the finish that is on the fabric. These finishes can resist paint and spoil a design. Best results are achieved when the fabric is attached to a frame, being careful to keep it taut.
Alas, I had no frame at the time of the correct shape and size for the job. A large thick sheet of plastic was spread on the floor and I set the freshly paint soaked scarf on it. I wanted to use a Resist technique with Deka Silk paint. These silk paints are inter-mixable, non-toxic, water-based and fixed by ironing! The paints are wash-fast up to 60°C. By sprinkling Rock salt on areas of the wet paint it draws off the paint underneath each crystal – leave the salt in place until the paint has dried completely – at least overnight. If you click on the picture below you will see the pattern that I achieved.
In order to fix the paint lay a sheet of baking parchment on the ironing board, then the fabric and add a top layer of parchment on top. It ensures there are no errors of paint coming off on the iron or the board. It also protects the silk from burning. Move a hot iron over the paper sandwich slowly making sure to heat all the item in turn.
Did you know how to check if a fabric is real silk? No matter what thickness or width of fabric, REAL silk will pass through a wedding ring!