Put the Starch Back in your Silk

Starch silk...it can be done

After the wash, can you starch silk?  Should you NOT wash silk taffeta because you’ll wash out the finish?  Then what?  Can you put the scroop back in the silk?  What happens if you didn’t previously wash your silk and now it has water marks where rain drops rinsed away the factory finish? I tested three different starches on Tuscan Sunset Habotai and then I tested my favorite on a scrap of Pink Lemonade.  The overall winner really does bear out the statement that you get what you pay for.  My recommended Starch for silk is Le Blanc Portfolio Linen Press.  It

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I love my cat…I love my cat…

Cat pee from silk...It can be done!

Ever wonder how to remove cat pee from silk, without having to kill the cat as an animal sacrifice to the gods of cleanliness.  Fear not, Damask Raven searched out the answer and tested it, with the help of our very own asshole cat!  Here it is:  How to remove cat pee from silk, without killing the cat! Actually, he’s not a bad cat.  Manchu is pretty cool as cats go.  But like all cats, he has his quirks.  Fortunately, rather than resulting in the desire to strangle him, this particluar quirk provided me with the unique opportunity to pick the

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Working with Silk Fabric

Working with Silk Fabric

One of the things that keeps people from buying and working with silk fabric is fear.  Fear that it’s delicate and they don’t want to damage it, fear that they’ll mess it up.  So here is a crash course primer on how to work with this lustrous fabric. First off, pre-wash the fabric using your preferred method.  The Caveat is that Silk Velvet and Watered Silk should always be dry cleaned.  Otherwise, either hand wash or machine wash the fabric in preparation of working with it. Once you have washed and dried the fabric, iron it.  Just like with cotton, linen, or synthetic blends, you don’t

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Little Blue Dress Test

LBD, Ready to GO

During the week at Golden Beltane, we had a steady stream of wonderful people bringing us suggestions on what to stain silk with.  Sometime in the middle of the week, Brad and I were sitting in our pavilion, drinking (as one does during long camp events), when Brad starts giggling to himself.  I looked quizzically at him and he said “What about natural human protein stains?”  I start grinning back, noted he was wearing the blue tunic, and said “We can call it the little blue dress test.”  Then we sat there chortling at each other a la Beavis and

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Costumes, Costumes, EVERYWHERE!

Working with Silk Fabric

Oh lord!  Costume College is just around the corner.  Which means I am jumping both feet in to the sewing storm in preparation.  First up, have to finish the vest for my Steampunk outfit.  And I should have had this outfit done for the Steampunk Convention in March, but time got away from me there, leaving me with a half finished project.  Luckily, the theme of the High Tea at costume college is…STEAMPUNK!  Which means I just need to finish this vest… Next, I have to figure out how to paint lekku…and me.  I have the pants for my Imperial Assassin,

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