Frequently Asked Questions

Care Instructions:

...Not that you need to wash silk very often, but it is comforting to know that you can!

You might be surprised to know that the best thing to use to clean silk is simply a mild shampoo. The silk from the silk worm is similar to our human hair. They are both protein based and it has something to do with the PH levels.

So, just hand wash in cold water with a bit of mild shampoo. Roll in a towel to get rid of most of the moisture and then press with an iron to finish the drying. It's perfect every time.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long does ordering & shipment take?
Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

How long does it take you to paint one silk scarf?
That really depends on the complexity of the design. I usually have anywhere from 2 to 6 pieces in the works in different stages of wet and dry.

How do I care for my silk?
see above

What types of silk do you use?
Habatoi, which is also know as 'China silk'. This is classically what we think of when we think of silk. I also like to work with silk Chiffon. Chiffon is very sheer and floats like air. A lot of silk artists think chiffon is difficult to work with, but I find the results completely worth the effort.

Different types of silk:

  • Silk habotai:
    also know as “china silk” smooth lightweight silk
  • Silk Chiffon:
    Like a feather floating on the wind.
  • Stone Washed Crepe de Chine:
    If the 12mm CREPE DE CHINE scarves are the "Mercedes", here are the "Rolls Royces" of the scarf world! These are heavier also - 16.5 mm. By stone (sand) washing this heavier weight of Crepe de Chine, one gets a matte silk with a very soft, luxurious drape and a buttery suede feel. You won't want to ever remove them from your neck! This is the one that is perfect for the more sophisticated man or woman in your life. These have hand rolled hems with 100% silk thread. Note: This is what we use for the Klimt Theatre shawl

How long have you been silk painting?
I learned how to silk paint while living in Germany back in 1999. I had some of my silks for sale at a small boutique in Ulm where we were living and then I had my first art show in August of 2000.

What type of dye do you use on your silks?
Sennlier/Tinfix from France

Where do you get your silks?
I use a mail order company out of California. They do ultimately come from China.

Do you teach classes?
Not at this time, although I'm happy to answer questions.

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