Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Silk prep and drop spindles

There. My least favorite part of silk painting is done: the initial prep work. After several hours standing at the ironing board, I now have 24 extra large silk scarves all washed and ironed and ready for the dye. Next up is playing in the colors! These scarves will end up being a dozen of my silk ruanas. Now that my photography class is almost done for the summer (tomorrow is the last day), I can devote a chunk of time to making things to re-stock the Etsy shop. And since I love my own prototype ruana so much, I plan on adding the silk ruanas to the product line. Stay tuned for some color shots!

Oh, and just for fun, here is a picture of my drop spindle collection. Over on the 365 project ( I'm posting a picture a day for a year. Last night I realized I hadn't taken a picture all day. I haven't missed a day yet since January 1, and I wasn't about to start now. So I looked around the studio, and saw the canister full of spindles. I put them out on some black poster board, and took the shot. I kind of like it.

And now I think I need to find a better way to display my spindle collection than just tucked into a canister. Maybe a shadow box, so they look like this picture? Or a mobile, hung from the ceiling? Or a display rack? What do you think?


  1. Find a vintage (large) picture (sheep/fiber animal, old ladies w/spindles or advertisement); mount on sturdy fiberboard; use the spindles as a 'frame'.

  2. Do you actually use the spindles? If so, or if you just want to keep them usable, why not suspend them so the shafts stay straight? For mine, I put loops of string on a dowel, and hand the spindles from the loops of string. The ends of the dowel are poked through holes in bookshelf supports, and it all hangs on the wall right behind/over my sewing machine, so they're handy.

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  4. I love this idea. :) I'm in the process of moving my studio to another room, so I'll see if I can't incorporate something of the sort in the new space.

  5. Cool! By the way, I'm still learning how to post comments here; I mistakenly posted the same comment twice, so I deleted the second one. And I see I wrote "hand" instead of "hang", too (third sentence). It's supposed to read "and *hang* the spindles from the loops of string."
    Anyhow, I'm glad to have offered a helpful idea! Best of luck with your moving!