Sunday, February 7, 2010

My Tangled Web

What have I gotten myself into this time???

From this picture, you can see a mess in my studio - yarn everywhere, sewing patterns out.

I've got the guest bath hand towels making their way onto my Toika. A doubleweave warp waiting to go on my baby wolf.

But, after the Fuzz Fest, a new project preempted both of these projects.

I'm getting a batch of mixed dye on Wednesday, so this time I'm going to try painting warps!! (You might remember my immersion dyeing experience in November.)

First I figured out projects. I decided to paint warps for Tencel scarves and pillow shams.

I did some calculations and placed an order at WEBS Tuesday afternoon. On Friday, UPS was at my door. (It helps that when WEBS ships in the evening, UPS gets it to me the next morning since I'm just one state away.)

I'm using 10/2 white perle cotton for the pillow shams, 8/2 natural Tencel for the scarves.

While I was ordering, I threw in two more cones of the 6-ply rayon that I used for my shadow weave bookmarks. The hand of those bookmarks seems like it would be good for scarves.

2 cones New Cream, 1 Suede, 1 Ash

I already have 3 brown colors from my WEBS trip in July: ash, suede and cardamon. I ordered two additional cones of New Cream.

Suede, Cardamon, 2 New Cream, Ash

Plus, I picked up a couple of patterns: 1 for perle huck place mats, and one for a Tencel shawl.

I've talked on the phone with technical support at ProChemical for warp painting advice. They are so helpful. Hopefully this project will be a success!

If you have any warp-painting advice for me, or if you've blogged about your adventures, I'd love to hear about it!! Wish me luck!!


Cindie Kitchin eweniquely ewe said...

I've done tons of warp painting and have even taught one day workshops in it. Send me your email and I'll send you some info back. Cindie
cindiesam at

Charlotte said...

Sounds fascinating, I've never heard of warp painting before. Although I do remember your immersion dying. Really looking forward to seeing what happens next!

Theresa said...

Oh, have fun, that's lots of goodies to work with there, and being on the receiving end of some of Cindie's info, don't forget to send her your e-mail!

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

A package arriving from Webs on a Friday would make me happy all weekend. This sounds like an interesting endeavor....I've never heard of warp painting. I'll stay tuned to learn more.

LA said...

I'm looking forward to watching this work in progress. The colors are yummy!

Delighted Hands said...

I have bought all the stuff to try this but haven't yet....waiting for you to give the lessons!

Julie said...

Oh I can't wait to see the wrap painting done!

Jennifer said...

You go girl! I've never done it, but last March when I took my wedge weave class, the class the week before was paining warps. The results were quite interesting. There's lots of potential for creating some unique art there! Enjoy!

charlotte said...

I'sorry, but I'veg ot no advice to give on that topic! But I'm looking forward to see how you do it, it sounds fascinating !

Deanna said...

Yumm - new cones and new technique - what delicious fun!

Benita said...

I've done a little bit of warp painting, but I LOVED it!!! It looks like you have some nice yarn selections for it and I can hardly wait to see what you come up with.

Must be nice to make a Webs order and get it the next day. :)

Anonymous said...

I did some warp painting in a class in January. We used Landscape dyes on wool and silk, so I think will have some differences to your process.
Hope you have lots of fun!

Annie said...

What lovely yarns you've got there!
Playing with dyes is always great fun, but I haven't done any warp painting lately. It will be interesting to see what you'll be doing. I look forward to it. Good luck!

Sharon said...

I need you to be my neighbor.

Julia said...

I love rayon! Can you tell me about how this washes? Does it pill or wear funnily? I often end up with pilling or fuzz, but I love the sheen and hand it can give!