The warp chains are dry! Here’s a photo:
In the right warp chain, I painted the maroon and indigo in alternating lengths of about 6″, in the left warp chain I painted it in lengths of 3″. You can see pretty clearly that the colors are clearer in the 6″ warp chain – the red is brighter and the indigo is bluer. In the 3″ chain section you get quite a bit of dull purple. I think I added too much dye, and it wound up puddling/running. Fortunately the result is still okay, and the brighter red alternating with the duller colors will liven it up a bit. Next time I may try paintbrushes or smaller foam brushes, and wipe out some of the dye before using.
I made one other mistake, which I hope doesn’t become too troublesome. I rinsed out the right warp chain a bit before chaining it, with the result that it tangled badly in the rinse water. I managed to get it straightened out, but there are some sections that look suspiciously like tangles. Hopefully I can get it straightened out as I beam on. Henceforth I will chain as soon as it comes out of the Saran wrap – BEFORE doing anything with it.
Nonetheless I am pleased. Tonight I will dye the weft to finish off the brown and tan warp – probably a nice gold and a garnet red cashmere/silk – and fiddle with the loom in hopes of reducing my skip issues.
Meanwhile, I have been playing video games. No, really. 🙂 I have an interview this morning with PlayFirst, a casual games publisher, who publish (among other things) Chocolatier! (Diner Dash is probably their most popular game.) So I have been familiarizing myself with their products. They’re good games – if you’re looking for a video game to while away the hours without getting too intense about it, these are very entertaining. They’re starting to introduce community gaming too – this is the exciting part. Web 2.0 and everything. 🙂 I like their products, hope the interview goes well.
Back to the video games!