Sometimes you just have to explore. I found myself doing just that in spades while at the Renegade Craft Fair, which highlights makers from across the country. I saw lovely leather work, aromatic homemade soaps and beautiful knitwear. But the handmade colorful scarves from The Year of May really caught my eye. The owner even offered a DIY kit so I could make my own. Sold!!
Learning a Traditional Technique
These scarves boast designs created using shibori. This technique uses manual resistance such as bands, folds or twisting to produce patterns. A well-known form of this technique is tie-dye.
In my eyes, the festive and modern colors set these scarves apart. The Year of May owner Monica Andrea Yafuso uses vibrant dyes such as purple, goldenrod and cranberry in her work. After much dithering, I chose a DIY kit to make a lovely blue scarf.
Making Time to be Creative
The DIY bag beckoned to me for quite a while after I returned home, but other commitments and projects kept getting in the way. Finally during the Thanksgiving holiday, I emptied the bag, reviewed the contents and pulled my ironing board out of storage.
The whole project was exceptionally easy; no special talents were necessary. I folded and ironed the silk scarf and then placed the wooden pieces in the specified areas. I mixed the dye and immersed the folded silk scarf into the concoction. Less than an hour later, the dying process was done. All that was left was hanging the scarf up to dry.
Satisfaction in Learning
The DIY kit gave me a sense of pleasure in learning a new skill as well as getting a beautiful scarf to wear. This experience opened up a whole new world for me and I would like to try this creative technique again soon. This project also encouraged me to think about other ways to be creative. In this age of being glued to the computer and cell phone, that feeling of making something is priceless!
See a video of the process of making the scarf.