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Arashi Dyed Silk Scarf and Flower

Design and make a silk scarf and pin through a hand dying technique called "Arashi".

Project by Chrissy Wai Ching Leung.

(Chrissy) Wai Ching Leung has been an artist for as long as she can remember. She applies her free-form art style to designing and constructing clothing, and incorporates texture into the pieces through hand dying. Wai Ching takes a silk scarf from plain to extravagant using a dying technique called "Arashi ." She even creates a coordinating silk chrysanthemum pin.

Materials:

silks: charmeuse, organza, mesh
thread: blue, gold
pin backing
Procion fabric dyes: aqua, turquoise, black
gloves
respirator mask
PVC pipe (or glass drinking glass)
ribbon
iron
fray-stopper spray

Steps:

1. Cut out the pieces of silk for the scarf. Measure and cut silk charmeuse. Measure and cut silk mesh.

2. Dye all fabrics by creating a dye bath of first color.

3. Mesh will be solid color in dye bath.

4. While the mesh is being dyed, begin Arashi Japanese dyeing technique on the silk charmeuse by wrapping fabric around pole. Tie ribbon around fabric and pole (which becomes the resist) and immerse entire bundle into dye bath.

5. Remove fabric and drain color. Mix second color of dye and re-tie ribbon onto Arashi bundle. Immerse into second color.

6. Remove fabric and drain color. Mix third color of dye and re-tie ribbon onto Arashi bundle.

7. Apply third color (black) directly onto the bundle for more intense color.

8. Dry charmeuse and silk into both pieces in the dryer. Iron both pieces.

9. Fold mesh piece in half. Place two pieces together and use serger to connect the folded mesh piece to one end of the scarf. Use the "rolled edge" setting for a nicer finish.

10. Add decorative embroidery along the length of the silk charmeuse edged scarf. Use a stippling stitch and gold thread to complete the look.

11. Use serger again to go around perimeter of Arashi piece to create a finished rolled edge.

12. For silk flowers: Use scraps of silk and assemble colors that go together. Cut out shapes that resemble petals. Make them in increasingly larger sizes. Use serger to go around the edge of each petal.

13. Stack them from the bottom up (biggest to smallest). Embroider the "stamen" in gold.

14. For added security, spray the petals with fray stopper.

15. Sew on a pin backing and trim all threads

Website: www.wai-ching.com

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