Thursday, August 30, 2012

Trunk Show Ready.

I'm ready to pack my trunks and head over to Une Minette on Sept 8th. Silk and cotton/cashmere scarves and ponchos dyed with all natural plant extracts. So farm fresh, you could practically pick them from the trees!

Be prepared to get messy and make a scarf of your own, or just buy one there!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Vagabond's Daughter Daydreams.

But O the ship, the immortal ship! O ship aboard the ship!  
O ship of the body—ship of the soul—voyaging, voyaging, voyaging.
                                                                                     - Walt Whitman 

Ships model, by Capt. Norman G. De Weir
Photo montage, by Tim Geaney
My men at work!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Plum Beautiful.

This scarf was made with Logwood gray and Purple extracts and iron was added to the gray, resulting in black splotches... another happy accident!

Thank you to Tim Geaney for the amazing pictures of Olga from Soul Artist Management, taken at Quarry Head Park in Wilton, CT.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Blackberry Season.

Fruit inspired colors, actually made with fruit! I loved this sign outside of Anthropologie in Westport, and thought I would give it a try. My experience is that fruit dyes aren't very lasting, and they brown with time, but just the scent of the berries was too enticing. The fabric had been pre dipped and dried with pomegranate (actually a brown/khaki color) and then haphazardly tied with string and dipped in blackberry stew. The result was delicious.
4 quarts water
4 pints blackberries
1 TBS vinegar
simmer for 4-5 hours

Monday, August 20, 2012

Peach Season.

In these last days of summer wrap yourself up in the warmth of a peach silk sarong. Sumptuous yards of silk dyed with all natural Madder and Quebracho red can be twisted and knotted into many pareo  styles or simply used as a scarf or shawl. End of summer into fall, this color works for both.
Thank you to Olga from Soul Artist Management

Monday, August 13, 2012

Treasure Farm, Woodstock, NY.

This treasure is timeless. Treasure Farm. The home has been a part of the Hitzig legacy for decades, and we have been fortunate enough to be a part of it for over 30 years. We were at the farm for Bill and CJ's wedding, and they were with me while in labor with our son Jack, now 22!
Tim and Bill play in the Woodstock Golf Classic each year, while I sit by their glamorous pool and wait for the party to begin.
This year while everyone was out I scavenged the farm for plant life and rusty remnants for a hot steam eco bundle.
Rusted horse bits, old horse shoes and nails, grapes and vine leaves, ferns, and spring water are just a few things that I used to steam with the silk and linen fabric.
After the hot bundling process in CJ's kitchen I brought it home for a little bit of logwood dye and hand stitching.
The end product is a monogrammed table runner for their anniversary gift, literally infused with bits of Treasure Farm.
A small token  in exchange for many wonderful memories.
Thank you to the Hitzig Family of Woodstock, NY. xoxo

Saturday, August 4, 2012

"Stars are made, not born."

Who was it who said that? Perhaps it was uber agent Swifty Lazar, leaning over a sea of martinis at "'21" with a young Lauren Bacall.
Real stars are born and die in the universe every second.
I did my best to create some heavenly results on these silk scarves. I used Logwood Gray, Chestnut, a little Tannin extract, and tin and wooden star cut outs for resists.
The end product: subtle colors and hints of star shapes- out of this world.