Inspired Art and Living with Fiona Stolze

Making a Silk Cushion: experimenting with gutta

Just recently I played around with an idea and so I wanted to share it with you here in this article.

I had bought some off-cuts from a bridal shop a while back (which is an excellent tip by the way 🙂  and wasn’t quite sure what to make them all into. I don’t know about you, but I adore fabrics. Especially gorgeous, brightly coloured ones. Whenever I go into aBordeaux Silk Cushion shop where there are shelves of silks, cottons, etc. my heart lifts and I get a little flutter in my stomach. It’s so exciting. My mind gets flooded with countless things I could do with them all. And there just aren’t enough hours in the day for all of that. So a bit of focus is needed now and then.

Anyway, back to the bridal shop off-cuts. Normally the fabrics you buy from there are going to be much heavier than typical silks you would paint on for many reasons. And one of the drawbacks for me, since I mostly work with resist, is that once you go beyond a certain mommes value, the gutta cannot penetrate the silk and create a barrier for the silk.

Well, one of the pieces of silk was thicker than what I would normally work with Bordeaux Silk Cushion Coverusing resist. So I decided to experiment and use gutta anyway and work with the effect. I mixed up some very pale pink by combing a small amount of red with clear gutta. I then applied the pattern to the panel and let it dry. I then painted over it with bordeaux dye and waited to see how the gutta would react. It wasn’t properly in the fabric and so the dye bled through in many places and the gutta itself began to dissolve which is pretty much what I expected. I then left this thoroughly dry over night and steamed it the next day. Then I stretched the panel on the frame again and embellished it with gold gutta. I must say, I was rather pleased with the end result.

Now I’m going to sew the panel into a cushion cover with vibrant orange dupioni on the back. And my verdict: definitely something I will repeat. Why not have a go yourself and let me know how you get on.

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February 25, 2010 - Posted by | EXPERIMENTS IN SILK | , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Fiona, this is breathtaking!!!!!

    Comment by Judy Szabo | February 26, 2010 | Reply

  2. Thanks so much, Judy. 🙂

    Comment by Fiona | February 26, 2010 | Reply


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