#diy

Flea + Sunday Emporium + Stephanie Podasca

This fall/winter season I will be vending at the Sunday Emporium edition of Portland Flea every last Sunday of the month at Rejuvenation on SE Grand St. There's a wonderful mix of local makers and vintage finds and I'm thrilled to use the gorgeous furniture and fixtures to dress up my assortment of hand-dyed throw pillows. Each pillow is 100% handmade and totally unique. I've always felt that it doesn't matter what your couch looks like because the power of a good throw pillow speaks volumes in a single room and can easily impress. I will also have a mix of current silk scarves, as well as new textile color ways I'm playing with. Can't wait to see you there.

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Wrap it Up!

This is a quick and simple post to show you how your wonderful scarf will come packaged... I realized this hasn't been documented and I need to answer some questions so here are some photos of the wrapping process! Scarves come tucked inside black tissue paper and the very news print used in my dyeing process. Sealed with PodascaShop stickers of course...

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Indigo Winter

This past weekend my beau and I tried our hands at dying with natural indigo, attempting ancient Shibori techniques from Japan. The most exciting part about this experience is having no idea what you're doing, but your work and dedication eventually yields surprisingly beautiful results! In preparation, we read numerous other blog entries from around the world, watched old youtube videos from Japan in the 1980s, and consulted Janice Gunner's Shibori for Textile Artists. We finally felt ready after a month of talking about it!

The textiles we used were cotton duck canvas pre-washed; silk chiffon and georgette pre-sewn into two circle scarves. We tried out a folding-clamping method (Itajime) to achieve the geometric patterns, an accordion style tie (Tesuji) and some rope-wrapping methods to achieve the other stripy-mirrored patterns. 

Let's just say some came out better than others but I've been able to utilize almost every textile: scarves, pillows, even a tote!

Here's some photos of the day-long process and adventure...

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shibori indigo patterns
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Be sure that I will attempt another dye batch and that some silk scarves will be up for purchase in the near future. 

X,

SP