I tried to buy 2m of white habotai from Simply Fabrics for £5 a metre. But they only had a little bit left – just over 1m. So I took it – it was very cheap.
Last night I decided I needed to do something easy and relaxing (it has been stressful at work, and a tense one at home with sewing both lace and chiffon).
So I got out my wax point and my silk paints and I painted the fabric with pink, blue and light purple flowers, and then decided on a dark purple background. Here is the fabric covered in paint and wax. It looks pretty messy, but that is half the fun.
Later on I ironed out the wax. The colours still look nice and vibrant. I think this technique is such fun and although I just sloshed it all on (and got some on a chair so I spent half and hour with some Vanish and a hose pipe) it looks quite artistic. I don’t know if I could paint anything other than “flowers” actually. Incidentally my friend Erin Fitzpatrick, on seeing this piece, suggested we might collaborate – she is a proper artist who uses textiles in her paintings. So this is very exciting.
In the meantime I am not sure what I can make with this. When I made my painted silk dress using the same technique I cut out the dress first and then painted the fabric (being careful not to get large flowers on the bust or bottom).
This all over design doesn’t have that problem, but I am not sure what I can make from it. A summer skirt? A little top? Any ideas for 1 metre of lightweight silk please?