I'm putting this on its own page so those who might want to get at the information quickly don't have to scroll through the blogs. From my September 10, 2011 post.
Recent Sales and Silk
Working With Silk
I now have 54 strips of silk from the designer ties I picked apart (see prior post) but little of it is solid colored, so that means I had to GO SHOPPING! Please see the pictures of the silk from the ties on the page listed to the right under the Pages heading.
Buying Silk on Sale
Labor day weekend went to Sewing Studio and bought some solid-colored silk on sale (25% off). Got one yard of textured cream/ivory with a squiggle design-tone-on-tone woven in. Very fine lightweight silk. Don't know how it will handle, but it's gorgeous. Also bought a half yard of black. This was not as lightweight as the beige, but still flowing and light as air.
Today went to Bernina store for their anniversary sale (30% off). Bought two yards of textured silk--one wine colored and the other a grayish slubby color. Both are very heavy weight--almost upholstery silk weight.
I am hoping all these different weights of silk work well together when I make the Ginger Jars pattern by Helene Knott which I bought at ShiboriDragon.com. I am sure it will go well with the Oriental Fans by Tivoli Quilts. I especially needed the solids for the wall hanging in Sew Scrappy (see OMQG Basket below) called Boxed In.
When I put out a message for people interested in salvaging silk from designer silk ties, four people expressed an interest. I'd only met one enough to know who she was at OMQG. The others were people I'd met once at iQuilt in Sanford and we didn't really know each other by name. While standing in line (forever) at Bernina today, I had a long chat with a couple of women. I mentioned an article I'd written on adapting the Bernina hoop for easy positioning, and one of the women said she'd like to see the article. As she gave me her name I suddenly realized--she's one of my Tie-Silk people. When I said, "I'm the tie-silk lady" she was as excited as I was. There we'd been chatting for over an hour not realizing we already had an online-email relationship!