|hand dyed warp|
|Detail from Lucy's shawl|
|testing dye strength|
Members of the guild brought in their samples of painted warps or finished products. We used the samples and the stories behind them to spark discussion about designs and techniques.
|Marie's experience with old dye|
Marie brought us an example of what can happen when one uses old dye. She was not expecting the grey colouring in her scarf. The age of the dye was questionable ( more than a decade but less than a century). The lessons presented by this piece might be to date ingredients when you purchase them and test them before you use them. Lucy showed us a quick way to test a dye using paper towels.
|Staggered warp bundles|
Mary brought an example of yardage that was made from painted warp bundles. The bundles were deliberately off set in order to create blocks of colour.
The blending of one colour into the next is inevitable if the dye liquid has an opportunity to move during curing. This suggests that you might want to separate colours that will turn muddy when they mix or alternatively you might use this property to create a gradual transition that creates intermediate colour. Sylvia and Linda brought examples of scarves that demonstrate colour blending.
|plain weave scarf|
|painted stripes in warp|
Lucy showed us her design process and how she uses both painted and solid colour yarns to create stripe interest in her baby wraps. She finds that darker weft threads tend to make the painted warp stand out so she gets intense colour.
We left the session with painted warps waiting to go on the loom and/or new ideas for what to do with those colourless yarns sitting in our stash. You can expect to see some colourful new creations by the fall.
|scarf waiting to be woven|