Kathie beaming the warp with even tensionSo... how to you take a warp that you have painted and get it ready to put onto a loom?  That is one of the things that we learned during day three of the workshop.  Kathie Roig also shared some INCREDIBLY helpful tips for more effectively warping the loom from front to back.  I was originally a front-to-back warper.  When I first learned to weave and read the descriptions for both back-to-front and front-to-back methods, front-to-back made the most sense to me.  I learned back-to-front for a special warp that was too delicate to drag through the heddles twice.  Long story short, I was getting better results the second way and have rarely returned to the first way.  But, there are many circumstances in which front-to-back can allow for more intuitive design during warping and the way my floor loom is designed, it lends it self to more comfortably warping it this way. 

group photo - taken by UardaDay 2 was the first full-day of the workshop.  The highlight of the day for me was learning how to effectively spread a warp out on a table to paint it.  The advantage of this approach is that you have the full length of warp to work with at once so you can effectively plan and paint the entire warp.  We capped the day off with a group dinner at the Welshfield Inn near Burton.  Kathie also organized a group photo - which was great and since Uarda had stopped by to check out the workshop and join us for dinner, she kindly played the role of photographer. (Thanks Uarda!).

For more photos from day 2, check out the gallery.

preparing to dye samplesToday I had the pleasure of meeting Kathie Roig in person as she began teaching our guild about warp-painting her way.  Kathie is a wonderful teacher and really inspiring.  Everyone seemed to really enjoy the fun & playfulness of experimenting with paint on our looms.  I know that I did.  I think for many adults (and perhaps some children), painting is intimidating.  Painting is such a traditional artistic medium that we tend to expect perfection from it or declare it beyond our skill level.  For some reason, today, I found it a lot less intimidating and I was much more willing to experiment, even if it meant I could fail.  Thank you to Kathie for helping to create an atmosphere in the classroom today to make that possible!

preparing to dye samplesPlease see a previous entry for additional information about the Organic Indigo Vat Dyeing workshop taught by Catharine Ellis.

On the last day of the workshop, one of our tasks was to do a multi-dip sample using one of our vats.  At the time, my sugar vat was the only one that had settled enough to be able to do a long enough strip for this.  Now that I am back at home and continuing to learn about my vats, I decided to re-do the experiment on all 4 of my vats.

Here are the results:

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