Dye Day

IMG_0045Indigo Dye Pot
Here are pictures of an indigo dyepot from fresh indigo leaves. Following instructions from a couple of sources, we worked through the slow heating of leaves in water to release the indigo. The chemical process called for then making the pot basic using washing soda, then whipping the pot to add oxygen (we used an aquarium bubbler) and adding Spectralite to reduce the indigo to the form that will bind to fiber and and exposed to air.“stick” once it is oxidized when exposed to air.

Image-12-Version-2At each step, we were excited to see our success – the teal blue color appearing in the bath from the leaves, the white plastic spoon turning blue when it is removed from the oxygenated dyepot, the almost instantaneous change in color when yarn dipped in the pot is removedImage-10

Help Choose our May Program

The May program will be presented by well-know weaver and teacher Daryl Lancaster. Please complete this survey to help us pick the best program. Click on the title of the program for more detailed information about the workshop.  You may select you top two favorite options in the morning and in the afternoon.

Morning Meeting Choices

  • Explore and experience creative ways to use every precious bit of hand-woven scrap. Some techniques require sewing, some a hot glue gun. Some ideas become great garments, some can be sent through the mail! Learn how to use some of the fusibles and stabilizers available, and learn to look at everything from old work, to the smallest scrap as an exciting new raw material.

  • Explore the possibilities of handwoven yardage, fiber, texture, sett, how much to weave, sampling and finishing will be covered. Think of the washing machine and/or dryer as a critical part of the design “team”. Learn how to sample on the actual yardage. Lots of ‘before’ and ‘after’ samples to explore.

  • Daryl Lancaster, will discuss her views and perspective on hand-woven clothing, recycled experiences and the creative process. Daryl will talk about her adventurous journey over the years with hand-woven clothing showing images and samples of her fabrics and garments.

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Afternoon Meeting Choices

  • Piece together all those handwoven scraps and leftovers into something wonderful. This technique uses a fusible backing and no seam allowances. Bias tubes cover the butted joints. Use scraps to create a personal composition and push your creativity to the max! Step by step process and examples
    shown using digital images. Students will create a mat using this technique. Sewing Machine required.

  • Through a series of creative exercises, participants will learn to confidently place yarns of different colors and textures together to make beautiful warp combinations. This is a fun, hands-on class, and participants will be asked to bring a bag of assorted odds and ends of yarns to work with and to share with others. Based on the Color/Fabric Forecast Column from Handwoven Magazine, participants will experiment with palettes based on mood using photos for inspiration and see illustrations of how to translate them into handwoven fabrics and ultimately a garment.

  • Improve the quality of the images of your work. Using PowerPoint, the basics of photography, both film and digital will be discussed, as well as composition and lighting, and basic digital image manipulation using Photoshop Elements®. Lots of images illustrating what NOT to do! In addition, participants will be asked to send examples of their images in film or digital format ahead of the workshop, for critique.

  • Students will learn to use devices that allow warping multiple ends at the same time. Discover the inexpensive rigid heddle warping paddle, and the fast method of sectional warping. Explore the advantages and disadvantages of this production technique.

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Survey forms will also be available at the February Guild meeting.

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