Thursday, 2 September 2010

Space Dyed 5-section Warp

This is the 5-section warp in 2-ply Shetland from Uppinghams. It has been space dyed with acid dyes. I used strong colours because the weft is a lightly dyed indigo merino which is pale blue.

The finished scarf - well not quite. It has not been washed yet but I need it for Saturday to talk about space dyeing warps and there is not enough time to wash, dry and press the scarf before then.

Two of the warp sections have been reversed end for end and inserted between the other three. You can see the gradual colour change over down the scarf  and the sharp division across the scarf between adjacent sections of the warp.
This is a big improvement on the scarf   using the same technique but from a warp tie dyed in indigo.

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I am weaver and - -. I dye my yarns with acid dyes, I paint my warps, put fabric collages and stencils on my weaving. I have three looms, a 12 inch wide, 12 shaft Meyer for demos and courses, a 30 inch Louet Kombo which is nominally portable but has a stand, two extra beams and a home-made device containing a fan reed. And last a 32 shaft Louet Megado which is computer controlled, has a sectional warp and a second warp beam and I am the proud owner of an AVL warping wheel which I love to bits and started by drilling holes in. I inserted a device for putting a cross in. I have just acquired an inkle loom and had a lesson from an expert so I can watch TV and weave at the same time. I am interested in weaving with silk mostly 60/2 although I do quite a bit with 90/2 silk. I also count myself as a bookbinder with a special interest in Coptic binding.