Something New for Mother’s Day


This past Sunday, Mother’s Day, women were invited to join us for our first ever art workshop featuring Catherine Rich from Art Affects. Those that participated were able to hand dye their very own silk scarf. As part of the process, plain white silk scarves were stretched between PVC pipe, a device concocted by Catherine herself to prepare the silk scarves for the dyeing process. Once the silk was stretched, participants were shown an idea book that had several different examples of styles and techniques used to dye the silk. Catherine was on hand to help everyone choose their color palette and to demonstrate the person’s chosen style and technique.

The front room ready for silk dyeing.

Since Catherine and I had tested the silk at an earlier time, I chose to try a different technique that required me to wet the silk with water before applying the dye. This allowed the dye to spread much like working with watercolors.

And since it was Mother’s Day my mother, Nancy, joined the fun!

“I enjoyed learning how to make my own scarf. The process was easy and can be done by anyone.

Catherine, who lost her mother to breast cancer at a young age shared, “Being able to spend Mother’s Day in this way, honoring these wonderful women and the memory of my own mother, feels amazing. I know my mother is smiling down on us today.”

Catherine and I have been discussing the idea of hosting a women’s retreat in October for cancer survivors. If you are interested in such a retreat, please let me know!

Catherine Rich holding up the completed scarves. They are ready for a bath that will set the dye.

The silk dyeing workshop was a lot of fun not to mention very therapeutic and peaceful. People have been requesting another workshop! If you are interested in this workshop please let us know and we can schedule something in the future. We have some scarves set up in our front room that are for sale-$30.

Additionally, Catherine’s next scheduled workshop here at the Hibiscus House is Sunday, June 3rd from 9am to 11am. We will be making jewelry out of clay. After the workshop, the jewelry will be taken to an outside business to be fired. Once fired, you can choose to pick up your pieces when they are complete, or have them mailed to you for a small fee. Please call now to sign up! The cost of the clay jewelry workshop is $35.

clay jewelry samples

Click here to learn more about Catherine’s business Art Affects.

Hibiscus House Bed & Breakfast

213 S. Rosemary Avenue

West Palm Beach, FL 33401


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