Sunday, March 23, 2014

Back yard sneak peek

Our back yard is coming together. The corten metal herb garden and the side concrete/ stainless and corten steal planter is almost ready for planting. Some last adjustments and we'll be ready to enjoy all the endless possibilities. We can't wait to cook with all the fresh herbs and vegetables.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

New obsession

I wanted you to get a better look at the scarfs I made, I thought maybe it will explain my new obsession with dye and fabric. On the left you see the whole scarf and on the right a close up of the design. I'm very happy with the results but testing is not over yet. • I also wanted to share my new leather tags I got from coco heaven on etsy, just need to sew them on the scarfs and I'm done with these extra special gifs.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Ikat sneak peek

Here is a little sneak peek of my next project, modern ikat. Both were hand drawn with my Wacom tablet in Photoshop. The first colorful one was inspired by basic diamond shapes and the second by Henry Matisse's cut outs period. I love creating or getting inspired from a specific design or period and take it somewhere else. I'm not done exploring all the possibilities yet, I will share the final designs when done.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A couple more

Two more hand dyed silk scarfs. The striped one is a birthday gift for my dearest friend Noa. • Shibori and tie-dye.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

New idea

Repeat idea from cotton tie-dye. • I love how simple ideas can take you on a journey.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

More testing

Tie-dye testing with cotton and fiber reactive procion dyes.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


I made wonderful hamantaschen (oznei haman in Hebrew) from Orna and Ella cooking book. You can find the recipe in Hebrew here. I don't eat nuts, I substituted the 1/2 cup almonds with flour. I also didn't have dried blueberries, I used raisins instead. The dough didn't work for me at all, probably because I didn't use almonds. I had to warm it up after taking it out of the refrigerator and add liquids to make it manageable. The amount of the feeling was way too much, I also had to drain it. I added some of the feeling liquid to the dough and baked the hamantaschens at 350 F for 13-14 minutes. • I have to say that the flavor is pretty amazing, I had three of them before they cooled down. Enjoy!

Monday, March 10, 2014


Tie-dye testing from my last class with fiber procion dyes and cotton, better results than last week. I think I know what I like and how to make it happen. It will take a few more steps before I make up my mind completely, but I'm getting there.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Fish soup

Papa's fish soup by Claudia Roden. • I omitted the potatoes and added carrots, broccolini and garbanzo beans (I added those at the end, they were cooked already). The soup came out great and perfect for dinner on a chilly night. You can find the recipe here. Enjoy.

Thursday, March 6, 2014


My modern damask • Hand drawn, manipulated in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop with the help of my new Wacom tablet.

Monday, March 3, 2014

I LOVE shibori

I love the way you dye it, the unpredictable shapes, it's always a surprise when you unravel it, and the colors. I love everything about it. • These beautiful pillows are from Pfeifer Studio.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sneak peek

A sneak peek on my damask (new project for my textile design class) and testing shibori. • Damask (Arabic: دمسق) is a reversible figured fabric of silk, wool, linen, cotton, or synthetic fibres, with a pattern formed by weaving. Damasks are woven with one warp yarn and one weft yarn, usually with the pattern in warp-faced satin weave and the ground in weft-faced or sateen weave. Twill damasks include a twill-woven ground or pattern. • The production of damask used one of the five basic weaving techniques of the Byzantine and Islamic weaving centers of the early Middle Ages. Damasks derive their name from the city of Damascus - in that period a large city active both in trading (as part of the silk road) and in manufacture. Damasks became scarce after the ninth century outside of Islamic Spain, but were revived in some places in the thirteenth century. The word "damask" first appeared in records in a Western European language in the mid-14th century in French. By the fourteenth century damasks were being woven on draw looms in Italy. From the fourteenth to the sixteenth century, most damasks were woven in a single colour, with a glossy warp-faced satin pattern against a duller ground. Two-colour damasks had contrasting colour warps and wefts, and polychrome damasks added gold and other metallic threads or additional colours as supplemental brocading wefts. Medieval damasks were usually woven in silk, but weavers also produced wool and linen damasks. • Modern damasks are woven on computerized Jacquard looms. Damask weaves are commonly produced in monochromatic (single-colour) weaves in silk, linen or synthetic fibres such as rayon and feature patterns of flowers, fruit, and other designs. The long floats of satin-woven warp and weft threads cause soft highlights on the fabric which reflect light differently according to the position of the observer. Damask weaves appear most commonly in table linens and furnishing fabrics, but also in clothing. • I'm not very happy with the shibori yet, the colors came out very pale, I need to continue testing.