Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Make and Take Tea: Silk Scarf Project

Last year my friend Barb and I hosted a Make-and-Take tea at Barb's where we had a project, followed by a full tea luncheon. We had such a good time we had to do it again! The tea part of this afternoon will be in another post but this is the very easy and delightful activity.


This time our project was creating a 72" habotai silk scarf. We started with blanks ordered from Dharma Trading Company and used Sharpie Markers for the design.

I found this project thanks to one of you -- Elizabeth from Altered Book Lover, who first featured it here. (She has other links on her sidebar related to Sharpies if you find this interesting!)

You can do this a number of ways -- you can draw on your scarf from the beginning to end and then with the magic of rubbing alcohol go through the whole scarf making the colors bleed and pop in the most amazing of ways. This was the method we did.

(Another method involves taking a small container and using a rubber band, making a portion of your fabric tight, coloring it and then dropping the alcohol. I've done this too -- both work well but for our purposes, not fussing with containers was easier.)


There is only one rule to this project. Leave your inner Norman Rockwell at home because it will probably NOT look like how you think it will! You can try patterns and a shade of them will remain -- but don't count on it!

Supplies include Sharpies, an eye dropper or similar and alcohol. Lots of paper towels will help protect your surface. When the project is done, heat set it by 10 minutes in a hot dryer (probably in a pillow case or laundry bag so it doesn't snag). Hand wash in cold.

We had a grand group of creative people and everyone's scarf was completely different.


Jan did hers by drawing on the dark squares and then adding her color around it. (Her inner Norman Rockwell didn't quite go to sleep but it was one of my favorites and turned out as she wanted it!)


Rosemary went with lots of purples and a violet theme.


Kate went the stripe route. The colors were great with what she wore to the event!


Kate and Susie were the only ones using orange in their scarves. It really popped!

Julie's was another abstract that looked perfect with her outfit of the day.

So did Tracey's! Lots of blues with some black.

And Pat came up with a wonderful floral print.

There are a couple of guidelines that I haven't mentioned -- one is not to forget the hem area. It doesn't have to be colored in, of course, but if some of your colors start to bleed into the hem, intentionally add it a bit more, just so it looks planned!

We did this project easily in 90 minutes. And quite literally, a child could do it. What a fun thing to do with a grandchild! It might be a homemade Christmas present mom could actually use, not just love to pieces!

You can also do this on other surfaces -- a very rough, fiberous paper, a mulberry paper or cotton. It doesn't work so well on materials with too much poly on them. Natural fibers are best.

 I loved Barb's apron!

I think you can see from the happy faces that we were very pleased with our scarves!

Thanks, Elizabeth, for posting the idea!

This post will be shared with Thoughts of Home on Thursday where you'll find lots of fun, creative links with projects, home decor, recipes and more! And don't come back for tea time!


Annie said...

I LOVE Jan's color pallet. Her geometrics and aqua/brown color choice knocked my socks off.

Sandra Cox said...

How fun is that? You come up with the neatest projects!

My name is Erika. said...

What a fun day. I love how all your scarves came out. They are all beautiful, and it seems very exciting, not knowing how they will look in the end. I want to try this now. Thanks for reminding me of a fun project. Hugs-Erika

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I am in AWE of these scarves and the wonderful results each person got. I'd heard silk was perfect, but all I've ever used is cotton. So glad I was able to make this possible for you. BTW, the comment that a child could do it fits perfectly into my art. That's me, childlike (grin). Now Jan made a fantastic scarf, if I do say so myself.

Mary Rose's said...

Wow! I mean, WOW! What an awesome group of women, and what fun! It even looks like the weather cooperated. These scarves are so pretty, Jeanie - thanks for the inspiration and the links. (Off to buy silk scarves and Sharpies...what a neat shopping list.) XO, Maryanne in SC

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

That is such a neat project! The scarves all turned out beautifully! I will have to keep this in mind for a project with my nieces and nephews sometime. Can't wait to hear about the tea aspect of the day, too!

Maggie said...

You certainly find the best projects. All the scarves are wonderful it looks like a really fun thing to do.

Jan said...

Beautiful project, great reason to gather, such a fantastic idea! They are all gorgeous colors & design:-o

~*~Patty S said...

What an excellent time you all had.
It shows in the smiling faces and gorgeous scarfs...
each one an original work of art!
I can see where this would be addictive although you need patience to do the length of the silk.
Thank you for sharing.
I had enjoyed Elizabeth's projects using this method too.
p.s. I have a blank silk scarf here somewhere waiting for attention.

Victoria Zigler said...

Sounds like a fun project... Even more fun doing it with friends!

M. E. Daniels said...

Jan's is my favorite, but love them all! What a fun project and group of women

Laura Beth said...

Wow! These are gorgeous. You and your friends are so talented!

Dr. Kathy McCoy said...

Gorgeous! And it looks like so much fun. I love reading about your projects, Jeanie!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH MY, now isn't that GORGEOUS??????? And these are the types of things you can only learn when you have a network of people who are free to gather and experiment. OH HOW I LOVE THIS!

Unknown said...

Aside from the scarfs tell me did you dye the shirt you were wearing? I love it!

Joanne Huffman said...

Such a fun and cool and beautiful project!

BeachGypsy said...

So nice to meet you too Jeanie! Was so glad to see you'd dropped in on my front porch to see me!We love myrtle beach too....used to live there. I am enjoying your blog and all the fun pictures. Now off to read the post about the silk scarves....I know I'll love it--I love scarves.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Each and every project that you all do is beautiful.
These scarves are fabulous!
You just keep inspiring me:)
Thank you so much for sharing this creative goodness with us at TOHOT!
Have a wonderful weekend,

Stacey said...

I just want to come hang out with y'all! You and your crafty friends have so much fun. Jeanie, you could quite possibly convince all of us to be creatives!

Happy, happy Thoughts of Home.

Sandra Cox said...

I know y'all had a blast. And the results....marvelous.

Mae Travels said...

You find such fun craft projects! Is there any way to practice this on disposable materials? I'd hate to try it on silk for the first time. But that's not really important because I never get around to craft projects at all!

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Decor To Adore said...

What a fabulous and crafty way to spend the day! Thank you for being a lovely flower that joined our garden party.

Laura said...

What an amazing process!
I have never seen this done and the patterns that were created by you and your friends are lovely.
Thank you for being at Thoughts of Home.

Deb said...

That looks like so much fun! And such a beautiful reward for your efforts.

The French Hutch said...

Jeanie, this looks like sooooo much fun! I am not a talented artsy person but I think I could do this. It reminds me of the days of tie-dye that was super easy and fun, back in the day:)
Everyone looks like the day was fun and a success and the scarves are beautiful! I see why you decided to do a repeat of this project.
Hope you have a great holiday weekend………….

Barb said...

Jeanie, these are wonderful! I love them all. You find the best ideas.

Marilyn Miller said...

What a wonderful art project. I love doing silk scarves and haven't done any in many years. They all turned out beautiful.

Little Wandering Wren said...

OMG I need to be virtually beamed in for these projects, especially as I have worked backwards and have seen the tea - what a special day. You all look absolutely fabulous in your scarves - what a lovely group of friends you have, you share some amazing days!
Wren x

Jenny Woolf said...

What pretty scarves. In Japan we painted some silk, it was kind of touristy but I think I could have got into it. The second to last photo in your post makes me think of sweet peas - what a beautiful way to immortalise these beautiful flowers it would be.

Daniela said...

I'm always so amazed at your works of art, dearest Jeanie !
Thank you for another so beautiful post, to come and visit you always fills my heart with gladness, sweetie, thanks most sincerely for this !

Enjoy the end of your week ahead, sending my dearest love to you with so much thankfulness

Xx ~ Dany

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