Increasingly I’m sourcing more of my scarves from charity shops, vintage markets and car boot sales.
I love the thrill of the hunt, and there’s a real sense of achievement in taking a slightly tired cast-off, cleaning it, and transforming it back into a desirable item by stitching, clamping or wrapping it in the indigo vat. And it feels more sustainable than ordering cheap silk scarves from China.
So here’s a sneak preview of my latest transformations. First, a couple of raw silk scarves.
This was a multicoloured silk scarf that was a little gaudy for my taste, so I thought I would try to tone it down with some arashi shibori. I think the jury is still out on whether I succeeded. 😉
And with winter fast approaching, I’m starting to work on thicker scarves. This one is a mix of wool and silk.
And this is a knitted cashmere scarf with ori-nui shibori.
Ironically, we seem to be having another hot spell, but I’m sure that will soon change!