It's exciting to have one of my silk scarves published in a national magazine! I was invited to write a how-to article on silk painting for Threads, which is primarily a magazine about sewing... but for the May 2015 issue, they also wanted to feature an article on surface design.
The article is geared toward beginners and the logistics of writing it was pretty interesting. My job was to describe the step by step process from getting materials and stretching the silk, to applying resist and dyes, to setting the dyes at the end. At Threads they prefer to take all their photos in-house, so following my directions, they produced and photographed their own sample silk painting for the tutorial. However I did send in one of my own scarves to show a finished creation, and that's my Peacock Feather scarf gracing the shoulders of their lovely model.
The Threads editor then formatted and edited the article to fit the magazine template. Kudos to Stephani for whittling the barrage of information that I sent her down to their required length -- 4 pages of text plus images -- while keeping it all understandable!
If you're curious about silk painting but don't know where to begin, go get the May issue of Threads ... it's on your newsstand now! Of course it also features many helpful sewing articles. Here's what the cover looks like -