Have you ever wondered where inspiration for a piece comes from? The initial idea for the “Skinny Scarf – Striped with Gold Thread” began on the west coast of Canada. As I watched the sail boats, and walked around marinas, I noticed a reoccurring theme of blue and white stripes, especially in shirts and sweaters that the boat owners were wearing.
I started to think about how nautical stripes could be done differently. An item different from shirts and sweaters. A creative approach to the stripe colors. The “Skinny Scarf – Striped with Gold Thread” is what grew out of this thought process.
A skinny scarf seemed like a perfect way to take nautical stripes, and build them into an accessory. Next, I chose the fibre to use; I decided upon Tencel, which provides deep shades when dyed by hand in natural dyes, and also has a silky feel.
The next design choice was with regards to color. Instead of staying with the classic blue and white, a darker stripe was also added. For fun, the whole piece also had gold thread added to the construction, for a bit of sparkle. A long fringe added a finishing touch.
It is quite interesting to see how a piece can evolve from inspiration, to finished piece.