Making Silk Bunting

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I’ve recently enjoyed making some simple bunting using the ‘demo’ silk squares which I produce during my teaching sessions. I have acquired MANY over the years so lovely to find another use for them.
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Easy to do, just decide what size of template for you bunting, I managed 10 pendants out of 18”x 18” sq .Outline using an auto-fade pen.
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Cut out your bunting ready to sew, I did not sew up edges or back with any fabric.
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Just straight onto the sewing machine with a simple straight stitch on to a ribbon. It’s fast and very satisfying!
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Before long you have captured some interesting patterns by random means and the cheery colours can brighten up a dull day.

 

New Silk Painting Brushes

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A selection of natural wolf and weasel hair brushes that are ideal for silk painting! I love the range of brushes on display and use Leaf Vein No.014 for the more detailed painting. This brush gives a good point and springy feel, good for control in small spaces.

 

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I also like the softer Goat haired brush No. 27 which is useful for painting larger backgrounds.
I have bought the brushes that I use on the course from Guanghwa for many years. They are inexpensive, last extremely well, give a fine point and a good reservoir in the brush , ideal for silkpainting.

I visited them last week at their new address – 112 Shaftesbury Avenue, London

Worth a visit if your in the area or do visit their website www.guanghwa.com

It’s been an owl inspired year!

 

Just some of the many owls created during this years silkpainting at Center Parcs !

I was originally inspired by a tile design from a visit to the V+A Museum in London and found it worked really well as a silkpainting design. It has quite a lot of outlining to do but easy to paint and fun for me to see it reproduced in so many different colour ways. Owls have been a very popular design motif  and I find myself  looking for variations on this theme,  the little Roman Owl coin was found on the internet . Pottery decoration is also worth a look at for birds and animal designs