Saturday, November 24, 2007

Do Planets Rule our Fate?

Do I believe in horoscopes and how the planets affect me? I don’t know, I’m curious at least and have been reading up on astrology to see if there is an answer as to why I’m having such obstacles in my way? I hear people say “Mars is Retrograde” and that’s when things get chaotic and you shouldn’t push projects during this phase. So has Mars been Retrograde? Could this be the cause of these issues?

The issues I speak of are more annoying and frustrating rather than disastrous, it’s not cancer. It deals with my art form. I have had dye issues as of late. Splotchy grease looking marks left after dyeing many items. ACH?!

I’ve been dyeing fabrics for 25 years now so what is it? I thought maybe it’s the water, so I drove to Watsonville and dropped off a water sample of our well water to have it tested which the results will be back next week. But then after visiting an online dye forum I was posed with the question of how I scoured the silk. I have always used Synthrapol detergent and hot water and it always seemed to be enough. Now it seems the silk isn’t coming to me in the same form any more. The silk isn’t being scoured as well in China where the silk comes from …….. hhhmmmm …… poison in pet food, lead in toys ……. I guess it shouldn’t be surprising? So I’m going an extra step to scour the silk with washing soda and hot water soak and so far it’s working. So it may not be my well water that I’ve used for about 15 years. Since we’re in a drought, the water quality could change when the water table lowers but I am doubting this now.

I also noticed several of the burnout velvet scarves I dyed had holes in them. Geez (China again?). The process for burnout velvet involves screening a gel like solution onto the backside of silk backed rayon velvet, letting it dry, heat setting it, then when washed the rayon fibers pull away from the silk leaving the design. I have dabbled with this technique and have had some success but I have also ruined pieces that the gel burned through the silk. I think a manufacturing company should have better control of the quality they send out to sell. I have been ordering these silks from the same companies for years and it is only the last year that these issues have come up. Poor quality work.

This is a photo of a successful burnout velvet stole I did of crows in flight.

I then turned to sewing some more ribbon wayward threads (see picture) using a new fairly expensive thread to sew them with. I love the variegation of the thread and the sheen and everything about it until I went to iron the scarf and noticed the thread was melting?? YIKES? I am not revealing the brand yet because I know this to be a very reputable company and I want to see what they have to say when they reopen on Monday.

(see the kinky looking shorter threads where the arrow points? melted.)

Then I took out the felted Christmas ball ornaments I had made and discovered moths had gotten into them. I won't even bother to take photos of that!

See the obstacles? This is my livelihood and I have shows coming up and all my time and effort to produce is failing. Thus my reason to question the stars, the planets, the heavens. But maybe things will be looking up? Here’s my horoscope for the last two days:

You're feeling remarkably clear about some aspect of your life that may have been pretty confusing up until now. See if you can move forward a little bit farther in the near future, while you're at it.

Your good energy makes it all the more important for you to deal with the basics of your current work or hobby situation. You can put yourself on much firmer ground, simply by making small changes


Anonymous said...

Your work is gorgeous,

Joanne Huffman said...

I have a friend who does charts and she tells me I'm on the verge of an time where I have to work hard. I don't really think I need a chart to figure this out. I think your fears about the quality of the materials you're getting is the more likely explanation. Too bad, because your workmanship is excellent.


Connie said...

well you just need to get your butt over here!
using your ribbons for your wayward threads is an long over due idea! beautiful!
see you soon!