Saturday, July 16, 2016

NEW Silk Painters of Atlanta & Beyond meeting July 23 Saturday

Meet fellow silk dye painters or see what silk dye painting is about...
"Daisy wonders if there is life outside this space ship." by Agnes Oberth

We are having our next (rescheduled) Silk Dye Painters of Atlanta & Beyond meeting at the home studio of Agnes Oberth on July 23 Saturday in Acworth, GA.

Agnes Oberth is a painter and fiber artist who has worked in needlework, art quilts, portrait painting, yarn and cotton dyeing and more. She currently works with silk dye painting and has been experimenting with various materials and techniques. She paints her "Daisy" series of a young woman in domestic settings highlighted with patterns on walls and floors, and her mood filled "Jazz Singer" series.

Come see how Agnes works, and afterwards for those who are interested, we will sit down and add dye to our "mandala" flags for the Silk Painters International Festival conference in October at Arrowmont, in Gatlinburg, TN. Newcomers are welcome to paint. No skills needed.

You MUST rsvp to to receive the address in Acworth and instructions for parking.

to get address and parking instructions

WHEN: July 23 Saturday
TIME: 11:00am - 1:00pm
WHERE: Agnes' home in Acworth

Newcomers welcome
"Daisy is suspicious this plant is trying to get her." by Agnes Oberth
Any questions: email me at

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

CANCELLED:July 10 Sunday Silk Painters Meeting

Meeting has been cancelled and will be re-scheduled.

We'll be finishing up these colorful abstract square flags for the Silk Painter's International Festival in October at Arrowmont in TN. Come help add colors to them and watch the dyes flow on the silk!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

New Silk Painters Meeting April 9 Saturday

It's another Silk Painters of Atlanta meeting, open to anyone interested in silk dye painting. We will be deciding on a design for our Georgia Chapter Goodwill Flags to be displayed at the next Silk Conference being held in October at Arrowmont, in Gatlinburg TN.

After a quick business meeting and a request for contributing $3 each for room rental fee, we will decide on the design for our 17"x17" silk flags.

I will bring Resistad and we will go ahead and apply resist to the silk. If we have time, we will dry and heat set the resist and start applying the dyes.

Please RSVP to me at if you will be attending so I will know how many supplies I need to bring. This will be a good opportunity for those who have never tried using resist or even painted on silk to experience this process. No experience necessary.
April 9th, Saturday
Bring a snack if you wish
Location is at SEFAA: Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance

3420 W. Hospital Ave.
Suite 103
Chamblee, GA  30341

And don't forget to bring your show and tells!!


Monday, September 14, 2015

Silk Painters of Atlanta GA Chapter Meeting RESUMES September 19

Silk Painters of Atlanta Georgia Chapter will resume its meeting Saturday September 19th

Anyone who is interested in silk painting welcome! Come learn what it's all about.

It's this Saturday September 19th
from 2:30-4:30
at 800 Miami Circle off of Piedmont Road.

On the first floor underneath the stairs you will see Sally B's Skin Yummies. This is where we will meet.

Our topics will be:

+++ Business, financial report, whether we want to continue being a member of SEFAA as a group (pros and cons)
+++ Silk Painters Show at the gallery in Shellman, GA. This is the gallery in SW Georgia that several of us have had great success in showing and selling. I need a confirmation on those committing to the show.
+++ Sewing on Silk, a demo on making narrow hemmed edges on the machine, samples of rolled hems on the serger, and perhaps a lesson on rolled blind hem hand stitching
+++ Show & Tell: bring what you've been working on and share!

email me at if you're coming

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A Taste of Silk Dye Painting: One Day Make and Take Workshop

One 3 hour session with supplies included March 28, Saturday 1:00 - 4:00

Have you even wondered what silk dye painting is all about? Here is an opportunity to get a taste of what it’s like without investing in supplies. Each student will work on an 18″x18″ piece of silk  or 20" x 20" scarf using a water based resist to draw lines. After drying and heat setting the lines, you will paint using acid dyes. Instead of steam setting the dyes, the final piece will be dipped in a chemical fixative to make the dyes permanent. Although this will not yield the maximum intensity of dyes on silk, it is the next best alternative and will give you an idea of the silk dye painting process. All materials included. Just bring an apron, your favorite water color brushes, and gloves.
Hellenne Vermillion has been working with silk dye painting for over eight years and has had works published in books and magazines, and shown in fashion shows.
Silk website:

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New Silk Dyeing Class

Choose either a Wednesday or aSaturday 5 week Silk Dye Painting class in April

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For the most brilliant colors on silk, we will be using professional acid dyes which will then be steam set for permanency. Dyes bond to the fiber of the silk keeping the fabric soft to the touch unlike paints that sit on top of the fabric and leave a stiff hand.

With a special water based non-toxic resist we will draw or trace designs directly onto the silk. Lessons will include the different techniques we can use with this resist, including colored resist lines, and also techniques on creating texture with salt.

Dyes will be directly painted onto the silk (not to be confused with silk screening). Steam setting will be demonstrated and each student will be able to steam set once during class as practice.

This is a great opportunity to create scarves for yourself or for gifts. And silk yardage can be used to create paintings or wall hangings. 
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and 
May 6 (bonus session)
10:30-2:30 (includes 20 minute break and set up and clean up time)
5 sessions plus special one session makeup class due to Spring Break/Easter Holidays (you can come to all 6 sessions)
WHERE: at the SEFAA Center Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance 
1705 Commerce Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA  30318
COST:        $225 + buy your own supplies which can run a little over $100 but will go far 
Payment via check or cash 

April 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 9
10:30am - 2:30pm (includes 20 minute break and set up and clean up time)
5 sessions
WHERE: at Buckhead Botanicals
COST: $200 + buy your own supplies which can run a little over $100 but will go far
Payment via check or cash

If you are interested, please email me at for the address to mail your check to and a link to a supply list.

Friday, October 10, 2014

New Silk Dye Painting Class starts Wed Oct 22

Hi Silk Dye Painting Enthusiasts,

Silk Dye Painting Class will start October 22 for 5 weeks on Wednesdays from 10:30 am - 1:30 pm at the SEFAA Center, right off of I-75 Northside Drive Exit for $150.

These classes will be focused on using resist lines and creating textures on silk using acid dyes. We will be using Resistad, a water based resist from New Zealand, salt, alcohol, water, and dilutant. You can either do pre-hemmed scarf blanks or plain yardage pieces. 

We will not be using wax resist, screen techniques, discharging, or shibori methods. These need a workshop day or two of their own and those workshops will be scheduled at other times.

If you would like to take this 5 week class, please email me at so I can put you down on the list, and send  a check  for $150 to:

Hellenne Vermillion
195 14th Street NE
Unit 410
Atlanta, GA 30309

You will need to buy your own supplies and here is the link for the list. Please order the Resistad asap because it is mailed from New Zealand. Dharma Trading also takes about a week for delivery. If you do not have your supplies on the first day of class, I will have some you can "borrow."


Please note: the SEFAA Center is in the Senior Center Building and they will be undergoing a massive renovation at some time in the near future. We may have to reschedule some classes around the renovation, except we have no clue when this is going to happen. I am hoping you can be flexible if this happens. Thank you,