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Daisy "D" Designs

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Daisy "D" Designs

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Announcement    ****Welcome to Daisy “D” Designs!*****
International Sales Have Been Suspended Due to Coronavirus.

U.S. sales are resuming BUT I still will not be going to P.O. I will be using prepaid priority mail boxes which can take 10 days to come to me if I do not have any on hand.

So It would be best to convo me with your order request, let me reserve it for you, and then I will let you know when I am ready to ship so you can purchase your items at that time. During this pandemic, it's important to think of new ways of doing things and to stay safe.

I apologize for the inconvenience and ask that we all practice safety at this time.
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The place for Shibori hand dyed silk scarves and other silk wearable items.
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I do all the dyeing and pleating by hand and I hand sew all the ponchos and tunics before dyeing. All items are silk.

For those interested in Wholesale options, please contact me directly.

I hope you will find something in my shop that you can't live without, but, if you don't see something you like in my shop, convo me because I may have the perfect item still in the trunk.

And as always, I appreciate your interest in my work, your patronage in the past and I hope to see you in my shop often in the future.

Susan ...... Owner/Artist....Daisy "D" Designs

Announcement

Last updated on May 17, 2020

****Welcome to Daisy “D” Designs!*****
International Sales Have Been Suspended Due to Coronavirus.

U.S. sales are resuming BUT I still will not be going to P.O. I will be using prepaid priority mail boxes which can take 10 days to come to me if I do not have any on hand.

So It would be best to convo me with your order request, let me reserve it for you, and then I will let you know when I am ready to ship so you can purchase your items at that time. During this pandemic, it's important to think of new ways of doing things and to stay safe.

I apologize for the inconvenience and ask that we all practice safety at this time.
*****************************************************************************************

The place for Shibori hand dyed silk scarves and other silk wearable items.
*****
I do all the dyeing and pleating by hand and I hand sew all the ponchos and tunics before dyeing. All items are silk.

For those interested in Wholesale options, please contact me directly.

I hope you will find something in my shop that you can't live without, but, if you don't see something you like in my shop, convo me because I may have the perfect item still in the trunk.

And as always, I appreciate your interest in my work, your patronage in the past and I hope to see you in my shop often in the future.

Susan ...... Owner/Artist....Daisy "D" Designs

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Daisy D Designs - All Good Things Begin at Camp

I am an abstract expressionist painter (born 35 yrs too late) rather than a seamstress and clothing designer. I didn’t take up Shibori so much as to create artistic wearable items as I did to find a way to indulge my abstract expressionistic interest in a medium that would still be new and appreciated in the 21st century.

I love color and texture. In third grade, my turkey was the only one with multi-colored tail feathers! My classmates were eager to point out my mistake, but I liked it that way, still do! Every year at Easter, my one ambition was to mix the dyes in a way that would produce a black egg (finally achieved that in my 40's!).

And, in art school I liked to glue rope, twine, pieces of wood, large sequins, etc. onto my canvases and paint over them. My professors suggested I use plywood as my background, but I liked the way the canvas sort of groaned under the array of found objects.

Hand dyeing/hand pleating Shibori silk scarves/items has allowed me to continue this abstract expressionistic exploration of color and visual texture that began in my childhood and art school.

In Arashi Shibori, the item is washed in hot water to remove any remaining silk gum, soaked in vinegar before dyeing so dyes will set, and is first dyed off the pole. This “under dye” can be a single color or multiple colors. The item is then washed, ironed into fourths and wrapped diagonally around a pole. The item is bound in circles to the pole with fishing line to provide a point of resist and the structure to compress it on the pole just like closing an accordion. At this point, the second or “over dye” is applied. Again, this can be a single color or multiple colors. After the over dye sets, scarves are washed and dried on the pole to set up the pleats, while other wearable items are taken off the pole to wash and iron.

In Arashi Shibori, the artist chooses the dyes to use and the order in which to use them. After that, the steps in the Arashi process allow the dye and the silk to select their own dance. The artist never knows what that dance will produce until the item is taken off the pole. This keeps the process challenging and interesting. No two items ever look exactly alike. Dye mixtures are never exact measurements, at least not for me. I am a constant mixer of dyes – a little of this and a tad of that, a procedure that for me underlines the individuality of the dyeing process.

I learned Shibori while working at Gwynn Valley Camp, a children's camp in the North Carolina Mountains. Several mothers worked at camp in exchange for sending their children there. One of the other mothers was a fiber artist from Texas. She would come and set up the arts and crafts program each summer, and one summer I asked her to teach me to tie-dye so I could get rid of 600 adult small T-shirts we had had on the shelves of the camp store for six years. I never want to see another white T-shirt as long as I live, and I protested for two years against her attempts to teach me Shibori. Fortunately, I finally lost that argument because I love Shibori dyeing with silk, just as she knew I would.

I do all of the work myself in my tiny house. A studio would be lovely, but I make do with my kitchen sink and counter (giving thanks for bleach which gets out the occasional errant drop of dye), my living room couch, and my faithful supervisor and companion Lola (see business pics). As I live alone, am technically challenged as is most of my generation, and juries for art shows do not like to see pics of artists in front of their work, there are no pics of me hard at work in my "studio" or my shows, but I did accidentally capture myself in the mirror at an art show when trying to photograph a piece of my work. It's not really a bad picture so I have included it in my business pics as well.

For the past 12 years I have traveled from Florida to Ohio, DC to Louisville to show my work at fine art shows all by myself. I have wholesaled my work to a few shops during that time, but almost all of my sales have come from art shows and my Etsy retail shop. There is nothing so lovely as an outdoor show on a lovely day - I hear they exist, but about 3 years ago I gave up battling rain and high humidity (pleated silk does not like moisture) and having to put up and take down my work each day (that overnight moisture rise) and settled on doing only indoor art shows.

I hope you will enjoy looking at my creations as much as I and Lola have enjoyed creating them here beside the marsh. Oh, right Lola, I'll let them know. Lola says we also hope you will find something you simply can not do without!

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  • Susan Ellis

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Last updated on March 18, 2020
Welcome to Daisy "D" Designs!

..........................................the Etsy store that, hopefully, will help me pay off all those student loans for my child's out-of-state university education (she graduated, got a job in her field and is doing well, so it was all worth it) and provide me with income into my ever-nearing old age!

I was very lucky during the first 10 years of Shibori Dyeing to work with Tamara, a wonderful fiber artist from Texas, each summer at a children's camp in North Carolina. She taught me to tie-dye so that I could get rid of an overstock of 600 adult small T's in our camp store - I never want to see another white t-shirt again as long as I live!

Tamara, then, suggested that I let her teach me Shibori, but I resisted. "Tamara!, do not mention dyeing fabric to me again!" She persisted, insisting that I would love it, and I am so thankful that she did. She was right. I absolutely love hand-dyeing and hand-pleating Shibori scarves! It is the perfect medium to continue exploring my love of color and texture. I hope you feel the same and will come back often to see my new creations.

I do all the hand-dyeing and hand-pleating of my Shibori scarves. I am not a seamstress, however, and so, I am thankful that I can purchase flat white scarf stock in the appropriate sizes with their hems already hand-rolled. That means that I have no pesky seamstress chores and can just get right to the fun and creative stuff! (With the burn-out scarves, I do all the dyeing. I purchase flat white scarves with the design already burned out. No design chores, just the fun of dyeing them fantastic colors!)

I did learn some basic sewing techniques in my Home Economic classes, way back in High School, and I can do a mean blind hem so lately, I have been whipping up some ponchos and tunics lately to dye in the Arashi Shibori method. I hope you will like these new items as well as the scarves.

I do have pets in my home, so if you are extremely allergic, you may not want to purchase my items.

I am thrilled to have you visit my shop. Naturally, I hope you find something you cannot live without, but most importantly, I hope you will enjoy your visit and will come back often.

Thanks for stopping by.........and I hope to see you again soon.

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
Returns:

I want you to be 100% satisfied with your purchase!

If you are not, or if your purchase arrives damaged, I will be happy to give you your money back.

I only ask that you convo me first to give me a heads up. This is, also, helpful in case of damage. That way, I can contact UPS/Postal Service to see how to proceed.

Then unless otherwise instructed just return the item:

1. Via UPS/US Postal Service whichever is applicable;
2. Within "7 DAYS" of receiving it;
3. In its "ORIGINAL PACKAGING" or exact facsimile (box with packing, bubblewrap envelope etc.);
4. With a "COPY of the INVOICE" included in the return.

I will refund original shipping cost (mine to you), but I will not be able to refund the cost of return shipping (from you to me).
Payment
I accept payment through Paypal. It's simple. They handle the sales tax etc., and it is totally stress-free for me. I hope it will be easy for you, as well.

I, also, accept payment by credit card through Etsy.
Shipping
I wish to keep shipping costs as low as possible, so for most part I will ship US Postal Service Priority or First Class Mail.

Expect your purchase to be shipped within 3 days of my receiving confirmation of your payment from Paypal. UPS Ground should take an additional 2-7 days to reach you depending on where you live. US Postal Service will hopefully be the same, but there is less guarantee with them.

International customers - I have added international shipping to my items, but if you want other faster options please contact me and we can work out your preferred shipping arrangements.
Additional policies and FAQs
Repleating Scarves:

I am happy to offer repleating services for your scarf, however, repleating will change the position of the darker over-dyes. When repleated, you will either have a cross-hatched pattern or a more mottled, lights and darks together, pattern throughout the scarf. If you purchased a scarf in the cross-hatched pattern, it will repleat to look the same.

If you would like me to tell you how to repleat your scarf, just convo me and I will be happy to send you free pictorial instructions on how to repleat your scarf.

If you would like me to repleat your scarf, I will be happy to do so. I charge $10.00 which covers the repleating and reshipping (cost about $5.00 to ship it back to you in a box to protect the pleats).