A really fun to weave painted linen warp. I used a singles linen weft, in a turquoise. The pattern is from Twill Thrills and I'm still very very enchanted with it.
Do you use this as a table runner? Did the pattern become more pronouced when you wet finished it? That painted warp looks amazing.
Thank you so much! I haven't cut into this yet, or done any finishing. It's still in the admiration phase draped over the back of the couch. It will likely be a runner or towels someday. The finishing of this will make it into an amazing piece of cloth. The pattern will be more pronounced and the singles weft will glow after the final pressing. Whether I use the cold mangle or just a regular iron, there will be a lovely sheen to it. It will also become softer. I've been having a splendid time painting and weaving linen (and other fibers as well) warps, if you haven't tried dyeing yet I'd recommend it highly!
I do a bit of dyeing, and find that having the warp color change as I weave is so fun that I am more likely to stick with the project.
I would love to hear more about how you paint the warp.
Looks like it might be the snowflake draft. A lot of folks have wove it around Christmas time, judging from posts in Facebook groups. There are many other variations. I know Susan Harvey and Laura Fry have posted about it on their blogs in the past. :)
No it's not the snowflake draft. It's a cousin though. It's on page 48 in Twill Thrills, Frost Crystals. I've been pretty well smitten with it, and have done it in various setts and fibers and I love them all.
Ok, gotcha. I don't have that publication but what you have done looks very nice. :)
Thanks ReedGuy! And look for a copy of Twill Thrills.....it's a very cool book with a lot of scope for imagination...too much fun!
When I paint linen I wind the warp and scour it by boiling for a while with a drop of Orvus, some borax and washing soda or baking soda. I don't rinse it, just hang it to dry. I use Procion MX dyes and mix activator in the dyepaint stock right before I start. When I'm ready to do the dyeing I lay the warp out on a table ribbon-candy style and roll the dyepaint in with a brayer. I also sop up excess dye with cotton socks and T-shirts, so I end up with a wild and crazy wardrobe and have come to regard white socks with disdain. I wrap up the painted warp in the plastic that I covered the table with and batch it for a couple of days then rinse everything ad naseum. I don't do long warps, being content with my very old 4.5 yard warping board and I don't do many warps in a summer, maybe 2 or 3. Just enough to keep me dreaming of the next one. Like you, I find the change of color to be the attraction. I think I've been in love with every warp that I have dyed this way!
I love your colors! I agree, Thill Thrills is one of my favorite books. The heart throb draft is good for all kinds of experiments, and draws a lot of attention when it's on the loom.
i just got this book today. Haven't had much time with it yet. Can someone help me, the more I read the more confused I'm getting. How and when do I know if Tabby has to be used? I know it is used with Overshot but what about some twills that have long floats? If the tieon does not have a built in tabby does that mean I don't need to use Tabby? Like 1357 and 2468 on my 8 shaft table loom. I have just moved ahead from a RH to a Table loom. Thank you for any help!
When draft says "Use tabby", use tabby. Some twills have fairly long floats, weaving software will tell you how long the floats are. These patterns are less suitable for items that will see a lot of wear, or for baby items, or for larger threads. You can reduce the problems of long floats by felting or fulling a woolen cloth. Using tabby to reduce the float length in a twill draft will change the pattern greatly.
Sometimes just the opposite of tabby, a couple of shafts to tie down weft floats is needed. Sometimes the ties, either warp or tabby do not change things as much if a very fine thread is used and color choices made. Take this pinwheel pattern for instance, with both tabby and warp ties. (2-tie)
It's confusing at first, so don't go too too fast (no matter how much you may want to!) You can't always get a true tabby with some fancy twills and as Big White Sofa Dog pointed out, a tabby with twills like these will drastically change the pattern, not always a good thing. So sample sample sample. Once you know a yarn and how it looks in your weave structure and sett, it's a done deal and you can go on with confidence and learn something else. And maybe most importantly think of it all as PLAY, rather than sampling being a drudgery. A sample doesn't have to be big for it to tell you what you need to know. You can try using tabby for an inch or so and you'll know right away whether you need/want it. Twill Thrills will give you great scope for imagination and hours and hours of weaving fun....I've been stuck on the crystals for a few of years now (I'm way behind in posting pix), and I keep thinking I'll go on to heart throb and darn if another idea doesn't pop into my head that begs to be done before I change the tie-up.