Warp Painting Workshop
September 11, 2010
Some of you may recall we had a warp-painting workshop with
Marjie Thompson, September 2007. We had a lot of fun and
decided to do it again on our own.
We will be using Pro MX Reactive Dyes to paint warps made of
plant fibers, for example cotton, bamboo, rayon, and Tencel.
We'll have two sets of primary colors, plus black, which can
be mixed to get other colors.
Bring your prewound warps, with the cross securely tied and
the opposite end tied with an overhand knot. If you want to
have any choke ties, be sure they are loose enough for the
dye to penetrate the warp. We will be spreading the warps
out on a long sheet of plastic wrap, like Saran wrap, so be
sure your warp isn't too wide or long to handle.
You should have your warps labeled with a water-resistant
paper tag, such as Tyvex, with at least your name on it. We
will be putting everyone's warps into two presoak solutions,
Synthrapol and soda ash, so you want to be able to identify
your warp. When I am painting warps, I write on the label
the fiber, the number of ends and the length of the warp.
If you haven't done this before and want to read about it
over the summer, there is a brief article on warp painting
by Darryl Lancaster, in Handwoven May/June 2006. She has a
very good recommendation to wind off and paint extra ends in
case of breakage. There is another article on warp painting
in Handwoven, April/May 2000.
In September before we start to play with the dye, I'll give
a brief talk and give you a handout of instructions. If you
have done this before, I would appreciate you bringing some
examples of articles made with painted warps to show.
For this workshop you will need your labeled warps, plastic
gloves, and plastic bags/boxes to take your warps home in.
Wear old clothes and/or an apron.
We will be using a lot of paper towels, plastic cups, sponge
brushes, plastic wrap, and plastic drop cloths for the
tables. If you have any of this stuff, please bring it
along. Let's hope for good weather, so we can do the