This year I set out to do 50 artful new things - roughly one per week. It's not always been easy but it has pushed me out of my comfort zone and given me a huge incentive to be more creative.
Whilst this week's offering is not strictly new, I have tried to be more adventurous. I've been teaching my friends how to make devore scarves but never found time to make one myself. In a last minute panic to find a special present (think 21st December) I borrowed a design of chilli peppers from my eldest daughter's A-level art project and got printing.
Working on silk-viscose velvet, I wanted the chilli peppers to appear in relief which meant burning away most of the viscose pile. It dramatically altered the drape and handle of the fabric, changing it to a light and gauzy cloth. I used an acid dye to colour the silk background whilst leaving the viscose relatively pale, giving a shimmer to the chilli peppers.
I finished in the nick of time (final iron on Christmas Eve!) but it was much admired and I know it will be treasured. I have vowed to me more dramatic with my use of devore paste in the future but hopefully not quite as last minute.
50:50 project complete :)