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Loving that Dyeing

It was good to get into dyeing again in the weekend. I’m preparing a course for the online guild in November on ‘Easy Ikat and Warp Painting”. 

I’ve learnt a few tricks with warp painting over the years to make the dye process more streamlined. I used to paint the warp painstakingly along its length bit by bit but then I started painting multiple lengths of the warp at the same time. You can see in the two unpainted warp photos how I arrange the warp as I paint.

The first photo is the way I most commonly use if the whole warp is going to be the same colourway. This gets the job done quickly and efficiently but retains the ability to introduce a nice blending of different colours or shades that repeat regularly along the whole length of warp.

If I want to have multiple colourways on the same warp I use the second method. This is a really exciting application for warp painting – multiple colour bases on the one threaded warp.

I’ve included a photo of the warp when it is blended with dye by a sponge and how I begin to wrap it in plastic ready to be set aside to ‘cook’ for 24 hours. This method of dyeing on cellulose fibres such as cotton and rayon requires no heating which is why I’m so attracted to it. If I use silk with these dyes I have to apply heat/steam to set the dye.

For the workshop I’m combining these warps with a very simple ikat segment. Whilst doing some web research I re-discovered the exceptional Indonesian Textile collection site from the National Gallery in Canberra. What a resource for textile passionists everywhere.

Luscious warp painting
My method for painting a single colourway
My method for painting several colourways
11 Comments Post a comment
  1. Ooo, thanks for the sneak peek! I’m definitely looking forward to this workshop!

    June 4, 2008
  2. That’s great!

    June 4, 2008
  3. Love the colors :). Nice photos of the process too.

    June 5, 2008
  4. Colors are amazing!!!

    June 5, 2008
  5. Yummy! Thanks for posting the photos of your process. It’s always great to see how others go about doing things.

    Am going to really enjoy seeing how you put these to use — exciting!


    June 6, 2008
  6. Wow I really hope I am not too busy when this workshop runs – I work full time, will probably be teaching beginner weaving in the evening and we have our craft sale in November. If not I will follow along and try out some of the ideas as soon as I can. Can hardly wait, it looks like lots of fun.


    June 11, 2008
  7. Kaz, beautiful colors. Sounds like an exciting workshop! Do you ming my asking what brand dyes you use?

    June 18, 2008
  8. I use fibre reactive dyes – Drimerene K. However Procion dyes should also work the same. It is all so exciting seeing the colour just ‘work’.

    June 18, 2008
  9. Thanks, Kaz. I think a lot of weavers here use Procion, (if I recognize the name, I must have heard it a million times,) so I might look for that. Thanks again.

    June 21, 2008
  10. Fantástico este tingimento a frio!
    Aqui no Brasil eu nunca vi nada igual; que corante é este?
    Não solta tinta quando lava?
    gostaria de mais informações se possível!
    Rodrigo “Tecelão”
    Visite meu site:

    Fantastic this cold dyeing!
    Here in Brazil I have never seen anything equal; which dye is this?
    Do not loose paint at wash?
    would like more information if possible!
    Thank you!
    Rodrigo “Tecelão”

    (excuse me!
    my English is not enough!
    this is an automatic translation google)

    July 17, 2008
  11. Ps: I do dyeing in natural fibres: Sisal, Jute, Rami, Cotton etc. …

    July 17, 2008

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