Marbled, hand-painted silk scarves & infinity scarves

Greendale, Wisconsin | 272 Sales


Marbled, hand-painted silk scarves & infinity scarves

Greendale, Wisconsin 272 Sales On Etsy since 2013

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Jennifer Motl

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Jennifer Motl



Last updated on Mar 28, 2019



Wearing a velvet scarf feels like a hug from my grandma

I never thought I'd end up making eco-friendly, wearable art that lasts for generations. Most of my previous jobs have been very practical--I'm also a registered dietitian and journalist.

But my parents and grandparents always have been creative. When I was a little girl, one of my grandmothers sewed me a furry, brown teddy bear with a black velvet nose. I named him "Brownie"--maybe not the most creative choice, but hey, I was 3 years old--and loved him almost to pieces. I dragged him on adventures daily, snuggled with Brownie at bedtime, and lovingly rubbed all the velvet off his nose.
To this day, touching velvet feels like a hug from my Grandma Lorraine. But it's hard to find velvet items for women.
Last year, I was excited to discover I could buy white silk velvet scarves and dye them any color I wanted with professional fiber-reactive dyes.
And, being a mom, I wanted to color clothes for my toddler, so I learned some techniques for dyeing fun, machine-washable cotton clothing--my son loves his iced-dyed super-hero cape and matching T-shirt.

Marbled silk: sensuous swirling
I also learned to marble silk scarves--it's the closest I can get to the patterns and airy touch of butterfly wings.
Marbling is a blast, and for me, it's a family affair. My dad, who is a woodworker among many other things, designed and built my 5-foot-long marbling tray to fit the large, white silk scarves that I like to paint. Marbling involves filling the tray with 6 gallons of nontoxic gel and floating nontoxic fabric paints on top, then using custom-made 5-foot-long rakes and combs to swirl the paint droplets into intricate patterns.
It's a tricky process--mixing the gel; washing, drying and pre-treating and pressing the scarves; mixing colors, and diluting the paints just right takes a long time. And each marbled pattern can be used to create just one scarf, so each one is one of a kind. It takes two people--usually me and my mother, who is an artist--to carefully lower the 5-foot-long scarves into the tray gently and precisely enough to get a pretty pattern on the scarf. Then I rinse the scarves, dry, heat-set the paint, and then wash, double-rinse and press the scarves a final time to make sure they are color-fast and vibrant.
Although I try to guide the swirling paints, they also have an energy of their own, so each design is a lovely surprise for me.

Hand-painting silks
While marbled designs are abstract, I also hand-paint pictures on silk using professional silk dyes. Again, thanks to my dad for building a custom set of stretcher frames and an enormous, 7-foot tall steamer so that I can steam-set the dyes--it's an eco-friendly way to make them colorfast without using chemicals.

My eco-friendly studio
Being green is important to me--not only is good for the planet, because my studio is in our home. I select nontoxic dyes and paints and try to re-use and conserve them. I use natural fabrics. And I use minimalist, eco-friendly, waterproof mailers. These packages are made from recycled plastic, and are recyclable too. The clear lining is compostable, and I use plant-based cello tape to secure mailing labels, which are printed on recycled paper.

Charitable giving
Periodically, I make donations to the American Cancer Society.

See my scarves in a brick and mortar store near you
I'm excited to be able to offer wholesale scarves to retailers now. Contact me for details.

Care instructions
Cotton jersey infinity scarves and bandanas: Machine wash, cold water, do not bleach, tumble dry. Hot iron if needed, but do not iron rolled edges.
Rayon: Hand wash, cold water, do not bleach, tumble dry. Warm iron if needed.
Silk and velvet: Hand wash, cold water, do not bleach. Dry flat. Cool iron the back side if needed. (Tip: Consider hand-washing silk in basin of cold water with a drop of mild shampoo. Rinse with fresh water and a little white vinegar--it's a non-toxic, eco-friendly fabric softener for silk. Lay scarf on a towel, roll up and blot dry for a moment. If ironing is desired, iron silk while it's still damp--it dries instantly with the iron. Do not iron rolled hems. The whole process should take less than 4 minutes.)

About the fabrics
* Cotton infinity scarves: All my cotton jersey infinity scarves are entirely handmade by me in the U.S.A.
* Silk, silk velvet and bamboo rayon scarves and cotton bandanas: Much like portrait painters paint on pre-stretched canvases, I use imported blank, white scarves. I finish the scarves in my studio in the U.S.A.--Wisconsin to be exact--by stitching, dyeing and painting the scarves by hand.

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    I'm a mom, artist, writer and dietitian--if you're a fellow foodie, check out my recipes on http://brighteating.com. I live with my husband and son in a cozy, old house in Greendale, Wis.

Shop policies

Last updated on November 9, 2017
Welcome to Jasmine Velvet: warm, soft, original designs in natural fabrics. Featuring silk velvet, bamboo rayon and cotton scarves and garments. You may custom-order something in a color or size just for you or for a bridal party or baby shower.

Accepted payment methods

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
100% satisfaction, money-back guarantee.

If you’re unhappy with your purchase for any reason, please contact me by Etsy conversation within 14 days of delivery and let me know what the issue is, and I will do my best to make it right.

All custom & made-to-order items will be remade or exchanged. However, monogrammed items are not returnable.

If a refund is needed, please mail the item back to me by USPS First Class Mail with Tracking. I will issue your full refund within 2 business days of my receipt of the returned item/s in new, unworn condition. I also will refund the cost of initially shipping the item to you.

You are responsible for paying return shipping via First Class mail with USPS Tracking, as so far I have not been able to figure out how to offer a credit for that through Etsy. However, I can offset it by giving you a coupon for free shipping on your next purchase. I want to offer you great service!
I accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, and Etsy gift cards through Etsy Direct checkout and PayPal. Payment is expected within 2 days, or I reserve the right to cancel the order.
Everything is shipped in minimalist, eco-friendly packaging: recycled & recyclable mailing bags; labels printed on recycled paper, plant-based cello tape, etc.

You can choose affordable, first-class shipping or upgrade to faster delivery.

I will ship your items via United States Postal Service (USPS) First Class Mail to minimize the cost to you. I insure all packages and email a tracking number to you so that you know when to expect your package. In my experience, you receive the package within 2 to 5 days of your order for an item that is already made. (Custom or "made-to-order" items may take 2 to 3 weeks.)


While Priority Mail Express can arrive as quickly as 3 to 5 days, and packages can arrive as quickly as 7 days, they usually take 2 to 3 weeks and could take as long as 6 weeks to arrive. Buyer is responsible for any customs, duty, VAT or other international fees incurred. The speed with which a purchase travels after leaving the U.S. is out of my hands--delays are usually the result of a package traveling through customs in the destination country. I am not responsible for items lost during transit after they leave the U.S. as this is out of my control. Also, PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR PHONE NUMBER IN THE ORDER COMMENTS so that I can contact you if needed. Thanks!

International shipping fees are non-refundable (as they are the cost I incur to mail your order.)

All purchases of physical items are made pursuant to a shipment contract. This means that the risk of loss and title for such items pass to you upon our delivery to the carrier.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom Orders:
Contact me to discuss your request. Depending on the materials I have in stock, custom orders can take 2 days to a couple weeks to complete. I can give you and estimated time frame right away so you can make a decision.