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Construction Fence Scarves


I spent today playing with an idea that I got in the middle of the night. I must admit to loving the marks made by using construction fence as a stencil. I used Jacquard Lumiere paints on silk habotai scarves. I didn’t try to do a perfect fill in of each square.


After the paint dried, I heat set it with an iron and then overdyed with the Colorhue dyes. I am pretty happy with them except that the paint does not give as nice a hand to the fabric as I would like.

Tomorrow is the quarterly meeting of Columbia Fiberarts Guild and my first time to preside as president. I am a wee bit nervous. We have a lot going on — Marianne Burr is our guest speaker. If you are not familiar with her work, click on her name. I love her work. We also have our silent auction to benefit our women’s prison outreach and member boutiques. After the meeting, Karen Miller is doing a mini-workshop on making embroidered medallions/amulets. So much great stuff that no one will notice my bumbling.

13 Responses to “Construction Fence Scarves”

  1. Natalya says:

    lovely! thanks for introducing me to Marianne Burr, what wonderful colorful work. Do you know about Jeanne Williamson’s construction fence series? http://www.jeannewilliamson.com/

  2. Janice says:

    Gari, construction fencing is temporary fencing you see at construction jobs sites, the bright orange plastic stuff. I love the idea of using it for this. The end result is pretty cool for someone who likes all things home depot.

  3. Karoda says:

    She has a piece in the current Quilt National that left me humbled and speechless…her patterning is rich and complicated and I just couldn’t imagine achieving such with hand embroidery.

  4. Wendy says:

    I LOVE Lumiere paint. Dharma has (I think) every color it comes in, and so do I. If you water it down too much, it will leave a “ring” around the metallic color, which I don’t much care for.

  5. Kristin L says:

    The scarves are colorful and shiny — that makes up for a little stiffness any day. They look lovely from here. Your Guild program sounds great — you’ll do just fine as prez.

  6. Connie Rose says:

    Thanks for sharing Marianne’s work, it’s awesome. Your scarves are wonderful, too. For a better hand, try Setacolor Shimmers next time! Although Lumiere’s colors are better. Or, you can thin the Lumiere with some water and it makes it much less stiff but still very metallic!

  7. these scarves are delicious!
    You will be wonderful at the meeting, just be yourself (everyone else is taken). You are organized, thoughtful and personable… and will keep things on track.
    What else is needed?

  8. Gari says:

    I may have missed this but what is a construction fence? Anyway, love the gold on the scarfs.

  9. bj says:

    They’ll be so glad it’s not them being president that they will forgive you anything. But you’ll do fine.

  10. Karen says:

    Try putting the construction fence under the scarf and brayering on top with paint. Totally different look, but fun just the same.

  11. Cindy says:

    I really like these and your pictures of them.

  12. kathy says:

    Aw Gerrie, these are lovely!