My warp painting project involves a scarf warp and a warp for two king-sized pillow shams.
For the pillow shams, I dyed some fabric for the back of the shams, just in case. I have enough warp for 2, maybe 3 sets of shams.
I figured having coordinating backing fabric could be a good thing. This technique is a great and easy way to use leftover dye.
I very vaguely followed these instructions from ProChem. Reading back over them, I see that I took huge liberties. I was very tired from painting warps on the floor for 2 days.
The fact that the power was out didn't make my mind any more clear.
I wasn't trying to defy their instructions. I thought I was following them just fine.
Ahead of time, I washed and dried the fabric by machine.
As part of my dye preparations, I washed my yarns and fabric in synthrapol by hand.
On the morning of dyeing, I soaked the fabric in the same soda ash solution that I used for my painted warps.
Then I shoved each yard of fabric into an applesauce jar. I started with one corner and just packed it in.
When I was finished painting warps, I measured 1/3 cup of each of my three colors, red, orange and yellow.
I was low on red and yellow, so I added some extra orange dye to the red, and added extra apricot dye to the yellow. (That might be why my final result came out so orange.)
I just poured the 1/3 cup of each color of dye into the jar, put the lid on it and let it sit in a warm room (70° F or 21°C) overnight with my two warps.
24 hours later, after some room temperature soaks, and one hot synthrapol rinse, I had two vividly colored pieces of fabric.
I wish I'd captured more red and yellow and less orange.
Maybe I would have if I'd had the right amount of dye, and if I'd actually followed the directions.
So these might end up as backs to my pillow shams.
Or linings to tote bags.
Or cut up, this fabric could be placemat weft.
Or I could make a cool blaze orange vest for hunting season.
I definitely recommend this technique. But maybe you should follow ProChem's directions for best results!!
Painted warps drying
Pillow sham warp being painted
Tencel scarf warp being painted
19 hours ago