Sunday, May 23, 2010

More Silk Sneaking In

More silk fabric has arrived in my life recently.
This time from friend Jaye, who has decided to part with her silk tie remnant fabric. I was the lucky recipient of this lovely blue and mauve/pink in circles/squares. I really enjoy using silk fabrics even though they are finicky to work with (ravelly and slippery). This should be much easier to work with than using recycled/repurposed ties, no un-stitching, pressing out of fold marks or removal of linings and then the funny shape of an un-made tie. This is just rectangular yardage, much simpler!
I do know that if I want to make anything easily and at all well with this type of silk, I need to remember to get some of the recommended stabilizer, Golden Touch. That is my "note to myself" right there, hopefully this will help it get put onto the increasingly untrustworthy internal things-to-buy-at-the-fabric-store list. You iron it on the back and then the silk behaves and doesn't ravel and slip when you're sewing it together.
Not sure specifically what I'll make with these, but they will show up somewhere in my work in the future. And I know that I have several other silks in my collection in colors that will go really well with these two.
Thanks Jaye!


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Beautiful silks!
And I thought *I* was the only one with the salvaged silk yie collection! LOL!!!
Now I feel much better! (but I learned a lot taking those ties apart, especially when I went to make some...)


Jaye said...

Check out this design:

It is one of the best I have ever seen for ties. I think the color is part of the success.