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|