La Sirene et Le Corbeau Now Has Hand Dyed Silk Chiffon Scarves!

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Wearing a sexy little scarf has been something I’ve been working on.  It’s one of those impossibly French things that I needed to conquer.  I could kind of get it to work, but it wasn’t until I started making them myself that I really started to get the hang of it.  I just found out that that apparently Hermes has scarf cards that they send out seasonally to teach you new fun ways to tie scarves.

And oh man do the intertubes have a million and a half scarf tutorials!  I personally liked this particular one best so far (next to Hermes of course)

At the Philadelphia Pagan Pride with my shop, La Sirene et Le Corbeau
At the Philadelphia Pagan Pride with my shop, La Sirene et Le Corbeau

but Pinterest has enough tutorials to keep you busy with scarves for the next five years if you want to fall down that rabbit hole.

I didn’t exactly set out to start hand dying silk chiffon scarves, I originally started using silk chiffon as part of my Nuno felted scarf adventure.  But I was actually inspired by Sarah because she has a sensitivity to wool.  This is a fairly common issue that people have, as I’ve been told at several shows and I wanted to expand my line in terms of my Prêt-à-Porter offerings so I decided to give silk chiffon scarf dyeing a whirl.

I really enjoy the process!  I like hand painting as well as kettle dyeing them and I particularly enjoyed making my Ritualis scarves.  I used colors representing the four elements (red, yellow, blue and green) and they melded together in gorgeous shades of plum, mossy green, peach blossom pink with some dramatic fuchsia colors.  Dyeing really helps me release the perfectionistic bitch who usually is calling all the shots within me and accept that my work may turn out differently than expected.

I also just really enjoy working with silk chiffon, it’s such a sensual lovely fabric!

My new scarves can be found here.  The pictures below are my scarves on their own and then in the photoshoot I did with my friend E. and her daughter.

scarf alone collage

scarf collage

Deborah Castellano
Deborah Castellano's book Glamour Magic: The Witchcraft Revolution to Get What You Want is available for purchase through Amazon, Llewellyn and Barnes and Noble.
Her frequently updated catalogue of published work is available on Author Central.

She writes about Glamour Magic here at Charmed, I'm Sure. Her podcast appearances are available here.

Her craft shop, The Mermaid & The Crow specializes in old-world style workshop from 100% local, sustainable sources featuring tempting small batch ritual oils and hand-spun hand-dyed yarn in luxe fibers and more!

In a previous life, Deborah founded the first Neo-Victorian/Steampunk convention, SalonCon which received rave reviews from con-goers and interviews from the New York Times and MTV.

She resides in New Jersey with her husband, Jow and their cat, Max II. She has a terrible reality television habit she can't shake and likes St. Germain liquor, record players and typewriters.  


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