I am a textile artist, I make and sell hand dyed scarves and accessories. I also love to sew and crochet! Previous work with textiles included theater costuming and belly dance costuming. Besides art, I enjoy gardening in my backyard mini-orchard and herb garden.
Here is a little window into the process for creating “Heart Strings”, the feature piece in my 2020 Valentine’s scarf collection (also entitled “Heart Strings”). All of the scarves in the collection are painted in the Serti silk painting technique shown in the video below. After the initial dyeing, this particular scarf was also stamped using doilies, then over-dyed to reveal the texture of the doily. To top it off, the hearts were hand embroidered to add a little definition and additional texture.
After the initial painting, I wanted to add some additional pattern or texture, so I coated some doilies with resist and stamped it onto the scarf. In the video below you’ll see more dye being painted over the stamped area.
As a final touch I outlined the hearts with embroidery.
Let’s talk about casual style! How can a silk scarf go with a rugged henley? If it’s a casual day why would I bother with a scarf at all?
Check out this discussion in the video below where I talk about elements of color, season, and matching the formality of your outfit to the way you tie your scarf. Also watch for insider tips on how to make even the simplest scarf tie look better!
What I love about this scarf wrap is that it is so tidy! There are no loose ends flapping about as you try to get the kids out the door in the morning. While you go through your day you can keep your focus on work and errands, the the scarf will stay put and look great, especially if you secure it with a small pin (as described in the video). You may notice that in the picture above, the tail is in a different place than it is in the video. Not to worry! As you will see, there are two sides to be wrapped, the first side that you wrap will have a hidden tail, the second side will be the tail that shows. Whichever side you want to show the tail, that will be your SECOND side. Start with the side you want to hide ; )
The dimensions of this scarf are 60″ long by 15″ wide, NOT the dimensions I gave in the video! The fabric is Crepe de Chine, which is a medium weight silk that also drapes well. It has a matte look and feel, it stays in place better than slinkier silks. Crepe de Chine can also stand up to using a pin, as long as there is no tension on it.
Let me introduce myself! I’m Wendy, owner and artist at Wend A studio. I make hand dyed scarves and accessories. Fabric is my first love, I started sewing as a small child, and spent many hours draping myself in fabric from my mom’s sewing scraps. I am intrigued by the combined simplicity, and versatility of scarves and wraps. Indeed, my favorite clothing item as a teen was a sarong!
Here on the blog I will be sharing my passion for fabric through tutorials on wrapping and tying scarves, and by sharing ideas on scarf style and decor, and whatever else I think up along the way! I will also be sharing some behind-the-scenes clips and photos of my studio, and the process that goes into making hand dyed scarves.
So go ahead and dig through your accessories, maybe you have a new scarf that you need some ideas for…maybe you have an old scarf that you love but never wear…and stay tuned for some tips and tutorials!