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#34: kimono-curtains

By spotogspindel | July 23, 2010

In number 34 on my 41-list, I challenge myself to make something of kimono-silk. and in #16, I declare I want to make curtains for Karoline´s room. Hm. Two in one?

This fall I received a treasure of a package from Japan (via eBay) with vintage kimono silk. Among them was this 3 meter long blushing pink silk. It´s only about 30 cm wide, but I thought it might work good as a curtain-panel for Karoline´s room. The silk itself is plain, no patterns, no prints, no other colors. So I thought I wanted to add slightly to the oriental feel, and found my bamboo-fun-foam-stamp and golden paint.

I use acrylic paint on the stamp. It´s not the proper thing for fabric, it becomes too stiff. But since this is a curtain, and not a wearable, it should be ok, even an advantage.

Now I know when you have an exquisite piece of vintage silk fabric, the one thing you DON´T do is experiment….

So do as I say, not as I do. I couldn´t resist. I just had to try adding gold-leaf. I know this might not work out at all, but in that case, I´ll just make it into pillows instead of a curtain. Sometimes when you try, you fail. But sometimes, you actually win too! 🙂 So sometimes I do take chances….

Come to think of it. Not only sometimes. Quite a lot of times….

Ok. Done with the printing. and the gold-leaf-experiment. Gold-leaf is fun!

I made a hem top and bottom, hung it up, and Voilá! The pink color changes in all types of light. And the gold-leaf seems very dark here. And yes, that is a tomato-plant.

I think it´s looking pretty cool. I might need something more though, so stay tuned.

Topics: Diverse | 3 Comments »

3 Responses to “#34: kimono-curtains”

  1. anne helen Says:
    July 23rd, 2010 at 15:02

    De er nydelige, kjempeflott rett og slett lekkert 😉
    Flott mot den grønne planten og.
    Fortsatt god sommer!! ;*)
    Anne Helen

  2. Melanie (Kimono Reincarnate) Says:
    July 27th, 2010 at 15:39

    Wow! That’s amazing! I’ve played a little with printing on my kimono silk – but gold leaf! Wow! That’s gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Deirdra Doan Says:
    October 15th, 2010 at 17:11

    they are lovely….