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Scarves article desired

MaryinColorado | Posted in Talk With Us on

I would love to see an article on a variety of scarve techniques and fabrics.  I love to wear them all the time to dress up casual jeans and t shirts or tank tops.  They are also great at disquising the tummy area.  With summer coming, it would be great to replace jackets with scarves and wraps for any occassion.  I hope to make the scarf in Threads 119 soon.  Mary


  1. katina | | #1


    Taunton has a book which you may find useful.



    1. MaryinColorado | | #2

      Thank You Katina!  I will check it out.  Mary

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    susannah_sews | | #3

    Hi Mary

    I have the Scarves book - it has some really good design ideas, and some good technical information as well. 



    1. MaryinColorado | | #4

      Thanks for letting me know.  I hope to find it locally so I can peek inside before buying.  I am hoping it is mostly about techniques not dying.  Mary

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        susannah_sews | | #5


        From memory (it is at home, I am at work) it does have some stamping/fabric paint ideas, but more on technique.  while there are a range of projects outlined, there is a focus on technique which means you can adapt design ideas from a range of projects.

        It would of course be totally inappropriate for me to copy it for you.  In the interests of review, however, I think it would be fair dealing to post the contents page, which will give you an idea of the range of techniques and design ideas covered.  At times in the past, Taunton have put on the web copies of the contents page, and sometimes extracts from books they have for sale (which can really whet one's appetite).  I am not sure if they have handled the scarves book in this way.  I will check out their website, and if they don't have it dealt with in that way, I will gather up a bit more information and post it for you. (later tonight - it is just before lunchtime on Tuesday 3 April as I type)


        Susannah (who would rather be sewing)

        1. MaryinColorado | | #6

          I couldn't find it on the Threads website, but it is on Amazon but I couldn't tell from that.  It sounds like a must have so I hope to order it soon. 

          We are trying to downsize this year and move to a smaller place.  The self control with purchases is driving me crazy!  I am so happy that my son and daughter in law have acquired a love of fiber arts this past year.  Between them and my grandkids, they will be getting some real goodies when we make the plunge.  Mary

          1. Beth | | #7

            Another option to view this book is Interlibrary loan. The public library orders the book for you. Here it costs $1, and the book comes in about 2 weeks. The loan period is a couple of weeks. I have found some excellent books this way. Also rejected some. :-)Beth

  3. Teaf5 | | #8

    I agree with Beth about checking a local library for scarf books. Scarves, stoles, and sarongs are wonderful ways to use small amounts of glorious fabrics, and you don't have to worry about fit! In addition to disguising figure flaws, they also add a little touch of flair to an outfit that looks professional but is still comfortable. I wear scarves nearly daily (a large cream silk one today), and my strongest recommendations would be to buy only the lightest, drapiest fabrics you can find in colors you adore and don't skimp on size; otherwise, they won't drape well, and you'll never wear them.I always take a couple of large scarves and a beautiful sarong on trips; the scarves ward off chills, and the sarongs can work as picnic blankets, coverups, a skirt, or stole all in the same day!

    1. MaryinColorado | | #9

      Thanks, hadn't thought about sarongs, I'll try one.  My favorite size has been more like a stole so I can cover my shoulders if needed instead of wearing a jacket in the summer.

      1. Susannah | | #10

        Hi Mary

        I love the Easter break - days at home, baking hot cross buns, and doing domestic things around the house and garden, ready for winter (the seasons are reversed here in the southern hemisphere).  Finally I have had a chance to get out my copy of "Scarves to make" by Linda Lee, and I am feeling inspired!.  Have scanned the cover and the contents page, to give you an idea of what is included.  There are detailed instructions for 32 scarves.  Some include fabric paint, but there are basic construction techniques as well as a lot of indeas for embellishment.  While the instructions would enable each project to be completed as illustrated, the techniques would allow for a lot of creativity to use elements of a project as the basis of an original design.

        Hope the scanned attachments works.




        1. Susannah | | #11

          Where have my attachments gone? here is another go



          1. MaryinColorado | | #12

            Thank You Susannah!  That was very nice of you to take the time and effort.  Have fun baking and doing all those "domestic goddess" things.  Autumn is such a beautiful season and makes me feel like it is time to do cozy home things too. 

            With Spring here, I just want to be outside all the time.  The weather is so unpredictable here, it might be 70 degrees and then snow the same night.  Today it is raining.

            I will have to go through my fabric stash and see what will make some nice scarves.  Maybe I'll make some sleeveless simple tops with matching but more embellished scarf.

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            susannah_sews | | #13

            A pleasure, Mary

            And thanks for raising the topic - getting the book out and looking at it has really inspired me!


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