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Topic: Aunt Ruth's Flower Dyed Silk Scarf  (Read 4306 times)
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« on: September 02, 2011 09:29:40 AM »

I can't believe I've been around here so long and this is my first challenge entry!

My husband's beloved Aunt Ruth passed away a few weeks ago. I having a long history of Floral Design, I made a lot of the flowers for her funeral. I also used a lot of the flowers from my own garden.  My husband's mother was very close with Ruth. I wanted to make something for her as a last memory of Ruth. I had read about how to do this so I decided to give it a try!

I used a Habotai silk scarf. It started off just plain ole' white. I used flower petals from the funeral arrangements and from my yard. I first covered half of the scarf with the petals. I scattered them and layered them randomly.

Next, I folded over the plain side of the scarf and used a rubber mallet to squish some of the color out.

Then, I rolled up the scarf with all the flowers inside.

Then, I used copper and steel wire to wrap the roll.

Next, I folded the roll up a little and put it in a plastic bag with a few T of vinegar.

I let the whole thing "cook" for a couple of days.
This is what it looked like when I first took it out of the vinegar bag.

I let it dry out then washed it with Woolite and ironed it after it was dry.
Here's a close up of the finished scarf. It turned out with a lot of green, which was perfect for my Mother in Law.

Thanks for looking!


« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2011 11:15:52 AM »

That's amazing.  It looks beautiful!
What a special memento for your mother-in-law.
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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2011 11:40:44 AM »

What a nifty process and such a wonderful sentiment.  It's very beautiful.

« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2011 03:52:30 PM »

That's really special and a neat process. Thanks for sharing!

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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2011 06:33:06 PM »

That's amazing, so awesome!  I love the idea behind it, and it's a really great way to memorialize someone who's gone.
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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2011 10:20:45 PM »

How sweet and thoughtful of you to create something so perfect for Aunt Ruth.
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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2011 05:40:56 AM »

Wow, that's really cool!

« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2011 07:57:02 AM »

Thank you for sharing the process.  What a unique way to remember someone.  And, like people, no two will look the same.  Good job!!


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« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2011 09:45:44 AM »

Wow - what a fantastic gift you're giving her.  Not only is it beautiful, but it also has sentimental value.  Amazing work!

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Soooo voted for this...I've never seen this before...it is amazing...beautiful thing!  Shocked Grin
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