Silk Scarf Marbling


Heritage days special.  I'll have 24 scarves ready to dye.  10:00-3:00 Saturday June 27, 2015.  Reserve your place now by e-mailing


Create your own beautiful 11 x 60 silk scarves. The technique is marbling. You choose the colors, sprinkle them on to the medium, comb them into a pretty pattern and dip the raw silk into it. It’s that easy! We have the supplies and equipment—you supply the creativity. Only $15 per scarf to make your own. Join us at the College of Leonard (at The Kaleidoscope Factory) in downtown Pocahontas. 

Reservations are required.  I need a commitment for a minimum of 6 scarves to be made.  I  Figure on about 15 minutes per scarf plus about a half hour drying time after the last one is made.  10 days advance notice is nice so I have plenty of time to procure materials.

Here's the procedure.  Before you show up, I soak your scarves in an alum solution and dry them.  This is a mordant which makes the silk retain the acrylic colors.

I then prepare a tub of "size".  I dissolve carageenan in 4 gallons of distilled water.  The size has a consistency of egg whites.  The ink is then gently floated on the size and swirled into patterns.  The blank scarf is dipped and then hung to dry.  (Click on thumbnails below to enlarge)..  

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Here's a link to a Facebook album showing the process

They Make Great Gifts!.

email me for more information or to reserve a spot for your group.  I need a commitment of a minimum of 6 scarves.   Yes, Sundays are OK!

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