Saturday, March 21, 2009

Silk


I like silk. The crazy quilt above, a ‘work in progress’ is made from vintage silk ties embellished with mirrors, beads and embroidery. That term ‘work in progress’ or ‘wip’ can be said in a nanosecond but we all know that it’s a term that can linger on for a long long time. My dad has taken it upon himself to suss out old silk ties from secondhand stores to me. He does a great job. Every time I visit he has another stash to present. I now have literally hundreds of these. They call to me in quiet moments and I mostly ignore them. In the interests of ignoring wips but still paying homage to silk, I’ve put together some green silk items currently available on Etsy. Shrug/Wrap by Bonzie
Dress by Stacie May
Green is relaxing. Green is the colour of balance and harmony and can, therefore, be helpful in times of stress.
Scarf by Madlight 13
Clutch by ao3 Designs
Apparently, according to colour therapists if one has experienced a trauma, a green silk wrapped around the shoulders can have a very therapeutic effect.
Freeform Embroidery by Bizarre Galah
So I’m going to wrap myself in a bit of silk, sit on the balcony with the weekend papers, and a good cup of coffee, and ignore all the wip projects currently calling to me.
This is the view I’m currently looking at. I can fantasize about boarding ‘my’ boat and sailing away. Maybe I'll take that quilt along for the ride.

19 comments:

Splendid Little Stars said...

great view!
I also love silk. It's so yummy on the skin. I like to dye and paint silk scarves and other silk items. I love the combination of green and purple. They are just so stunning together--a theme found in nature.
These items are great finds. Thanks for sharing.

Tea said...

What a great color. I'm in love with the silk wrap in the first photo. Gorgeous!

lyptis said...

I LOVE green!

Such a lovely, calming and fresh colour!

Nice items u chose, as always!:)

Don said...

Just looked at what I was wearing. Green! Beautiful tie and other nice finds.Thank you.
Don

Kathleen said...

We were only speaking about scouring op-shops for vintage silk ties in our craft group today!

I am just starting to get into crazy patchwork ... and yours looks so colourful! I love shiska mirrors too!

Green is such a healing colour :-)

gretchenmist said...

you know about my love for green! very calming. i really love that dress! can see your amazing quilt callling your name for quite a long time {just spotted the bird, so good} :)

AlpHa Buttonpusher said...

Love it!

p.s. I like the new header too

Sandee said...

I love to crazy quilt and haven't in such a long time. Yours looks wonderful! Great job!

jeannette stgermain said...

Your green silk shrug and your guilt in process is such bravery! I love silk too, but the matte kind, and I love to knit with silk, because the pieces stay nice!

Hey Harriet said...

I like your 'work in progress' crazy quilt! I also like your views! Lucky you to be living on the Brissy river. There should be plenty of pretty boats floating around for you to 'borrow' for a little cruise down the river ;D

ButtonsByLouLou said...

Wow - that is a very detailed WIP. Also love the view. No wonder you don't want to be inside when this was taken.

Kala Pohl Studio said...

I love silk and have red silk curtains in my master bedroom:) Green is also one of my favorite colors.

skywind said...

Oh, very beautiful silk. Too beautiful! :)
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Brian Devine said...

I wonder if they make the dress in a guys medium...
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Chrisy said...

Brian think Stacey May would love to make you a dress...course ull have to get matching shoes...and handbag...

Cathy said...

the green dress is yummy!

Natalia said...

Another fabulous post! It's my dream to own something by the fabulous Bonzie - one day! However, my hubby is lucky enough to own one to Ribbitstops gorgeous ties...courtesy of me. And - what an amazing view!

Cherry Lane Jane said...

I have those(wips), but we call them UFO's..... UnFinished Objects. The quilt will be wonderful when you finish it!

ArtSnark said...

ooh lovely