New Website

busy with New Website

Over the last couple of months, I’ve been working on building a new website for Damask Raven.  I like the layout better, the shopping cart function is easier, and I think overall it’s just easier to navigate.  For you the customer, and for me, the behind the scenes administrator.  And I waffled back and forth between keeping the blog here or relocating that too.  I’m still not sure.  Mostly, I’m doing more vlogging, or at least exploring it more.  Ultimately, I think it will be a combination. For now, I will keep this one active, and resume posting here, while

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’70s Retro Skirt

Among the many projects I have ongoing in connection to Damask Raven is a new wardrobe.  Like many people, I tend to have the wardrobe items I favor and wear over and over again, typically for many years, until they either fall apart, or I out grow them. So decided to make a video of my sewing process.  First up was a new skirt.  And in keeping with my own preference for looser clothing with a little flare, I opted to start with Simplicity Pattern 8019. The first choice was which of the many silks available to me did I

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Silk Organza

Organza, that crispest of crisp fabrics.  Organza is a plain, very light weight, basket weave fabric.  There are no special twists in the yarn, although they are tightly twisted.  What gives Organza the body we all love is the sericin, or silk gum. When the bombyx mori start to spin their cocoons, they don’t just tightly spin the fibroin around themselves.  They also produce sericin, which is the gummy component that allows the fibroin to maintain it’s cocoon shape until the bombyx mori crawls out of it’s cocoon.  Or until the cocoon is harvested for silk filaments.  If you’re a

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