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,


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Oct 6 Silk Painters of Atlanta Meeting

Wow, Karen Barefield gave a fantastic presentation at our Silk Painters of Atlanta meeting today! Karen had an opportunity to take a workshop with Karen Sistek of Magic Sizing fame and did a quick demo for us.
This is the beautiful silk painting she did at the workshop mounted onto canvas.


Karen showed us from spraying the silk with Magic Sizing, to explaining the different solutions of "dilutant," to how blend the dye. We each had a turn at trying out this technique.

Karen prepared this piece for us to try out the technique.

Magic Sizing is sprayed onto the silk and let to dry. A drawing is then sketched onto the silk.

The four different "diluting" solutions: alcohol, alcohol and vodka, Magic Sizing and alcohol, and a mix of alcohol, Magic Sizing, and vodka.

First wet the area using a clean Q-tip with the Mix solution.
Paint with a dry brush and blend well.

Tape and straight silk pins hold the silk to the frame.

Recommended pencil.

We also had Show-n-Tell.
Karen painted and sewed this vest. She will be adding one of her glass buttons she made for the closure. Note her glass bead necklace she made. We also got to purchase some of her gorgeous glass beads she makes.

Back of vest.

Loretta painted this scarf using techniques she learned at SPIN in Deborah Younglaoh's class.  Images were outlined and highlighted with black Resistad.

How fun is this puffer fish scarf by Margaret A?

Margaret dyed and sewed this top. The bottom is stretchy silk she dyed.

Another fun scarf by Margaret A.

Susan B did shibori dyeing on this piece. I see a man in the center with a pink mustache holding herring.

Another beautiful shibori piece by Susan B.

A large piece of yardage Susan B did in shibori in gorgeous colors for a special friend.