Try This at Home

Well, I have managed to use synthetic dyes completely unsupervised in my own house.  It’s taken me at least 20 years to get up the nerve and confidence to do this.  I know….  there has never been a logical reason for this, but it’s been a huge hurdle for me to attempt this at home!

I sectioned off about 1/2″ of warp at both selvedges to paint a solid color with the burnt orange.  And then I sectioned off an inch to paint in a pseudo-ikat effect.  Each of these sections was wrapped in it’s own bit of cling wrap to prevent any co-mingling of colors.  Finally, I painted the main, center section.

After a curing period of about 6 hours wrapped in plastic, I uncovered the warp to let it dry.  The far end of the warp is now suspended off the table for better air circulation.

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4 Responses to Try This at Home

  1. Cally says:

    Wow, that’s a stunning warp! I don’t think you need to weave it – it looks great just as it is 😉

  2. Sue schwarz says:

    Amazing…I am looking forward to seeing the finished project, unless you follow Cally’s lead and just enjoy it as is. It is stunning.

  3. kelley says:

    Hi Brenda! I was just reading your blog today (the day before Thanksgiving). It’s been so long since we’ve seen you, but it looks like you’ve been doing plenty, even though you’ve been on a boat most of the time!!!! Very inspiring! I love your warp. I didn’t realize that a painted warp was actually painted on the loom. I can see why you waited so long before doing it. Maybe we’ll see you at a spin and eat sometime in the future.

  4. emily says:

    Saw this article by Tien Chiu and thought of you and your warp dyeing.

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