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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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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Indigo Dyed

While at Golden Beltane last week, I met many fabulous people and had a generally grand time.  Among the fabulous people was the wonderful and lovely Eirny Thorvaldsdottir of The Treasury.  Eirny was offering to dye fabric or garments indigo in the vat she had on site and available.  Having just cut off a 2 yard piece of white Habotai to make an impromptu veil, I decided, sure!  Let’s see what indigo does to silk.  Indigo does this to silk: Snow Light Silk Habotai BEFORE and Indigo bath… The results were beautiful and I now have a lovely piece of

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Origins

Long ago, the emperor Huang-di ruled China in a state of supreme wisdom and grace.  Huang-di brought such advancements to China as wooden houses, writing, carts, and boats and advanced Chinese warfare through the introduction of the bow and arrow.  Huang-di’s most honored first wife was the beautiful Lady Hsi-ling.  One day, while enjoying her tea in her garden, a cocoon fell from the mulberry tree beside her, landing in Hsi-ling’s tea.  Upon hitting the boiling water, the cocoon dissolved.  Enchanted, Hsi-ling attempted to remove the dissolved cocoon from her tea.  But as she began pulling the filaments out, she

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The Witch

The Witch

I don’t typically plan to do movie reviews here, but having hit on two of my passions, historical costuming and the history of witchcraft, I sort of feel compelled to write out my thoughts post-screening. I went in to this movie knowing two things. According to MSN, The Church of Satan gave The Witch it’s endorsement Stephen King said it “Scared the hell out of me.” I love a good tense horror flick.  But I think the current gore/slasher flick concept of horror is disgusting more than terrifying, so I don’t typically watch so-called horror films.  This is definitely NOT

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