The Wonders of Silk

This past summer, I was able to revisit a shop, Ginny’s Fine Fabrics, which I’d discovered for the first time more than 10 years ago. The shop is filled with an amazing array of beautiful, very fine fabrics and notions from all over the World~~

~brightly colored, soft cotton prints from London…

~~nubby, rich colored,thick wool…

~~~& vividly colored, wonderful 100% silks from places such as Italy.

It reminds me of a fine fabric shop like one might find in New York or Paris!

I remembered and dreamed about the painterly, fantastically-colored printed silks on long tubes, filling large barrels, since that first visit! So finally this year, I purchased a half yard of the most beautifully colored Italian silk, whose print looks like an Impressionistic watercolor painting!

Collected beautiful Italian Silk
Collected beautiful Italian Silk

I’ve enjoyed using 100% silk thread to hand-roll the edges to create a hand-rolled edge silk scarf..The fabric and thread both have a wonderful soft texture, making it great to work with!

This is the type of material that inspires designers to create beautiful garments! And, reminds me of the stories in history when fine fabrics & textiles were considered part of a family’s wealth…

Being a natural fabric made from the spun fibers of silkworms, silk takes on dyes in a manner that creates a unique hand, or texture, to the cloth and vivid, shimmery colors! This piece of fabric is an exquisite 100% Italian silk that is just beautiful…

I look forward to the pleasure of wearing this scarf!

If you love it as much as I do, I hand-rolled the edges of a second scarf made from this wonderful silk~~

 

It is now available in my studio’s on-line Shop!  🙂 

(Use Code:SILK at check-out for Free-Shipping through February 29th!)

Hope it finds someone who will love it as much as I do!

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New Art~~Ancient Breezes

I finished the New Art Quilt!!!~~It is part of the series, “Visions of Spain“~~

Ancient Breezes

Ancient Breezes (2109). Rayon & polyester on cotton, 23″ x 24 1/2″.©2019JoniBeach.

I enjoyed creating this Art Quilt, remembering the time spent in a magical place!

**View more about this Original in the Art Gallery. Also, giclee Prints of Ancient Breezes are available in the Shop**

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Visions of Spain” Boxed Set of 6 Art Cards also available this Holiday Season…Including Ancient Breezes!

See in SHOP! (Free Shipping through December 31st!) 🙂

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December in the Studio!

It’s hard to believe it’s December and the Holidays are just around the corner! As I work in the Studio….

Finishing new art…

Taking photographs for Prints and other needs….

And sending out the Fall Studio NewsNotes ~~(Today! )  🙂    

More than once I’ve thought about Santa’s workshop and his Elves! But after looking out the window and watching snowflakes fall on Monday, I was reminded that Winter is here . So “ Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Snow“!

Christmas & Winter Holiday Special in the Art Gallery Sale!

Are you Christmas shopping yet? Be sure to visit the Art Gallery…I’m offering 4 small art quilts in a Special Sale this Holiday Season!

Consider one of these Original textile art pieces to decorate your home Or for a unique gift of art for someone on your list! 🙂

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow (2018)

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow (2018), 16 1/4″ x 18 1/2″, © 2018 Joni Beach. Original Art Quilt. Rayon and metallic on cotton. Raw edge appilque, free-motion quilting.

Winter Wren (2013)

Winter Wren, Rayon & metallic on cotton, 8″ x 9 1/2″. Pieced, layered applique, beading.

Santa’s Nighttime Trek ( 2013).

Santa’s Night-time Trek. rayon & metallic on cotton, 12″ x 11″, © 2013, Joni Beach. Appliqued and free-motion quilting.

Meow, Mr Whiskers (2013).

Meow, Mr. Whiskers, rayon on cotton, 7 1/4″ x 10″, © 2013 Joni Beach.

~~More Information on these select pieces in the Art Gallery (Link by clicking on each Title above.)

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Have a Good Day!~