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Laura Murray Designs

February 2018

My love affair with kimono silk began with the sight of light reflecting from the silk's surface, and my fingers experiencing the luxurious touch against my skin. Each kimono consists of a one-of-a-kind design handcrafted by highly skilled artisans, and they are the most labor intensive textile in the world. Much to my joy, I learned that kimono silks can be repurposed with the addition of paint/dye. These very special silks have become my unique trademark at quilt and sewing shows.

The results are exciting, and unpredictable. An example is shown on your left; more information on my process is available at How Laura Creates Her Fabrics.

Here are a few facts about silk:

  • Easily takes color, washable, easy to work with in sewing, knitting, weaving and spinning.
  • Silk is the strongest natural fiber, not easily snagged or broken.
  • Feels gorgeous against our skin, lustrous and elegant, smooth and soft.
  • Breathable fabric; keeps you cool on hot days, and preserves body heat in the cold.
  • Care is easy... cold wash, gentle cycle, hang to dry.

There are many types of silk. My booth offers an excellent opportunity to touch the highest quality kimono silks, along with hand crafted batik silks from Thailand. If you haven't worked with silk, I encourage you to give it a try; it's lovely and adds sheen to any project !

~ Laura

How to use Kimono Silks

A kimono worn as a garment is made with panels 10-14" wide, in lengths 30-64". My process requires disassembling the hand stitched garment, which leaves a total of 6 panels. Think of these as a very small limited edition. Use them in wearables, quilts, handbags, scarves, table runners, pillows, etc. Here are some examples:

The Tabula Rasa jacket pattern features kimono silks in the front panels, band, and cuffs. Find the pattern here.

Peaks and Points with coordinating kimono fabrics. Find the pattern here.

New Kimono Panels Available Online -- Hurry!

Only a very small selection of my overdyed kimono panels are offered online, and a new batch is now available. The vast majority (including sale silks) are found in my booth, where customers enjoy the touch of lustrous silk against their fingers. Here's a sampling of the 2018 collection; these are all exceptional and often sell very quickly. Visit the website for complete information about the 12 new designs:

On The Road

New silk batiks

We're heading east for a series of shows. It's been a few years since we've been at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, and we're hoping for an enthusiastic "welcome back" from show attendees. Lots of new fabrics and buttons, including these batik beauties, always out of the ordinary. We look forward to seeing you.

Date

Show

Website

Feb 22-25

Mid-Alantic Quilt Fesitival
Hampton Roads, VA
Booth

https://www.quiltfest.com/upcoming-shows-andevents/mid-atlantic-quiltfestival

March 8-10

Original Sewing and Quilt Show
Atlanta, GA
Booth, demonstrations, workshops*

http://sewingexpo.com

April 5-7

Original Sewing and Quilt Shows
Cleveland, OH
Booth, demonstrations, workshops*

http://sewingexpo.com

* Hands-on workshops are the best way to learn new techniques. Sign up for my workshops at Atlanta and Cleveland. Complete registration information at: http://sewingexpo.com

Coloring Your Fabric with Paintstiks

Fun hands-on experience with paintstiks gives you the confidence to customize your fabrics with the basic techniques of rubbing, stenciling, shading, and drawing directly.

Crystal Cathedral Windows

Take home a completed design, and learn an easy fusible appliqué technique, using paintstiks and fusible web.

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