Monday, September 14, 2015

Silk Painters of Atlanta GA Chapter meetings RESUME Sept 19

nyone who is interested in silk painting welcome! Come learn what it's all about.

It's this Saturday September 19th
from 2:30-4:30
at 800 Miami Circle off of Piedmont Road.

On the first floor underneath the stairs you will see Sally B's Skin Yummies. This is where we will meet.

Our topics will be:

+++ Business, financial report, whether we want to continue being a member of SEFAA as a group (pros and cons)
+++ Silk Painters Show at the gallery in Shellman, GA. This is the gallery in SW Georgia that several of us have had great success in showing and selling. I need a confirmation on those committing to the show.
+++ Sewing on Silk, a demo on making narrow hemmed edges on the machine, samples of rolled hems on the serger, and perhaps a lesson on rolled blind hem hand stitching
+++ Show & Tell: bring what you've been working on and share!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Hot Summer… Changes …

A hot Summer in humid Atlanta meaning fewer walks outdoors. I've been busy teaching the A Taste of Silk Dye Painting classes. The shop we were teaching at is closing, so the floral designer friend and I have found another teaching location and are also in the process of looking for a studio nearby - with a sink!

Meanwhile these scarves have been steamed and are waiting to be washed. My gingko leaves series.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

A Taste of Silk Dye Painting: Students' Silk Scarves

We had our Taste of Silk Dye Painting 3 hour make and take class and here are a couple of the colorful scarves the participants made:

First time silk scarves painted by Yolande (left) and Terry (bottom right).

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New Silk Dyeing Class

Choose either a Wednesday or aSaturday 5 week Silk Dye Painting class in April
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For the most brilliant colors on silk, we will be using professional acid dyes which will then be steam set for permanency. Dyes bond to the fiber of the silk keeping the fabric soft to the touch unlike paints that sit on top of the fabric and leave a stiff hand.

With a special water based non-toxic resist we will draw or trace designs directly onto the silk. Lessons will include the different techniques we can use with this resist, including colored resist lines, and also techniques on creating texture with salt.

Dyes will be directly painted onto the silk (not to be confused with silk screening). Steam setting will be demonstrated and each student will be able to steam set once during class as practice.

This is a great opportunity to create scarves for yourself or for gifts. And silk yardage can be used to create paintings or wall hangings. 
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and 
May 6 (bonus session)
10:30-2:30 (includes 20 minute break and set up and clean up time)
5 sessions plus special one session makeup class due to Spring Break/Easter Holidays (you can come to all 6 sessions)
WHERE: at the SEFAA Center Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance 
1705 Commerce Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA  30318
COST:        $225 + buy your own supplies which can run a little over $100 but will go far 
Payment via check or cash 

April 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 9
10:30am - 2:30pm (includes 20 minute break and set up and clean up time)
5 sessions
WHERE: at Buckhead Botanicals
COST: $200 + buy your own supplies which can run a little over $100 but will go far
Payment via check or cash

If you are interested, please email me at for the address to mail your check to and a link to a supply list.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Two Day Intensive Silk Dye Painting Class Jan 21 and 28

I will be giving an intensive two day workshop focusing on using a water based resist for outlining designs. We will be using a product called Resistad (provided by the instructor) and learn all its possibilities drawing lines and creating colored lines. Students will make 18"x18" samples using various techniques to become familiar with this resist. We will go over dye color basics and the "marks" we can make with this medium. On the second day, we will learn to steam our pieces and receive instruction on making a pasta pot steamer and a  homemade stove pipe steamer. We will also go over ideas on using our finished silk pieces for projects or framing techniques. This is an 8 week course crammed into 2 days.
Dates: Jan 21, Jan 28 Wednesday 10am-2pm held at the SEFAA Center in Atlanta. 10am-2pm
Please contact me at for cost and sign up

2 yards of 55" wide habotai silk 10 mm or 3 yards of 36" wide 10 mm (

eight pieces of  20" long simple wooden stretcher bars (available from Binders Art Supply under $2/bar or any art supply store. Just basic stretcher bars. Not the super heavy duty type.)
Push pins any kind
Brushes for water color, doesn't have to be expensive, Simply Simmons works great. Get small, medium (size 8 or 10) and a big brush or any sort
White ice cube tray to put dyes in
Water bucket to rinse brushes in
Paper towels
Hair dryer
DYES 8 oz bottles one each of yellow, cyan (primary blue), magenta (or primary red) black Jacquard RED Label brand (if you want to use Tinfix or Dupont, that is okay too, but sometimes dharma is out of the primaries)
Glass eye droppers or plastic pipettes (4)
Optional surgical latex fitted gloves

Friday, October 10, 2014

New Silk Class starts Wed Oct 22

Hi Silk Dye Painting Enthusiasts,

Silk Dye Painting Class will start October 22 for 5 weeks on Wednesdays from 10:30 am - 1:30 pm at the SEFAA Center, right off of I-75 Northside Drive Exit for $150.

These classes will be focused on using resist lines and creating textures on silk using acid dyes. We will be using Resistad, a water based resist from New Zealand, salt, alcohol, water, and dilutant. You can either do pre-hemmed scarf blanks or plain yardage pieces. 

We will not be using wax resist, screen techniques, discharging, or shibori methods. These need a workshop day or two of their own and those workshops will be scheduled at other times.

If you would like to take this 5 week class, please email me at so I can put you down on the list, and send  a check  for $150 to:

Hellenne Vermillion
195 14th Street NE
Unit 410
Atlanta, GA 30309

You will need to buy your own supplies and here is the link for the list. Please order the Resistad asap because it is mailed from New Zealand. Dharma Trading also takes about a week for delivery. If you do not have your supplies on the first day of class, I will have some you can "borrow."


Please note: the SEFAA Center is in the Senior Center Building and they will be undergoing a massive renovation at some time in the near future. We may have to reschedule some classes around the renovation, except we have no clue when this is going to happen. I am hoping you can be flexible if this happens. Thank you,