The warping is slow going but rewarding as I like the look of it. It’s really important to weave with colours and designs that you just like.
You can see some of the ikat warp in the photo. The maroon with the white blocks on it.
I’ve found that the first ikat dilemma is the weaving technique itself. When you weave a balanced weave the weft colour intermingles with the warp effectively toning down or even destroying the bright sharp look of the warp. This may be what you want, but there are ways to enhance the warp colour. This is mainly done by weaving a warp faced fabric where the weft will have little colour influence on the textile.The down side of this approach is the possible stiffness of the fabric lacking drape needed for clothing or scarves. Using a much finer weft will help but I’ve found that warp faced weaving structures such as warp satin or false satin will retain both drape and warp colours.
I’ve been asked to do an ikat workshop next year (2008) for the Online Weavers, Spinners and Dyers which will be fun. Hopefully I can document some of it on my blog. But if you’re interested in fibre it’s a good group to join for workshops and information.
|The warp coming through|
|Evocative lighting on warp!|
|Lost for words….|