I wound the warp for the study group samples this morning, and painted it this afternoon (in between doing my training ride for AIDS Lifecycle). It’s 10/2 cotton, in the colors I mentioned earlier (maroon and blue). It’s 13 yards long, which is probably overkill, but at least I know I won’t run out of warp while sampling! It’s now in the oven at 120 degrees, where it will stay until tomorrow morning, when I’ll rinse it out.
(I could in theory let it batch at room temperature, but Sabracron F requires a room temperature of at least 70 degrees, making it a little fussier than Procion MX, which will set at lower temperatures. It’s usually only 60-65 degrees in the apartment in winter, so I’m playing it safe and sticking it in the oven.)
I made one error when setting things up for warp painting – I mixed up yellow dye despite the fact that the warp has no yellow in it (it’s the weft color). No problem, I’ll just skein up the linen weft and dye it tomorrow. I’ll also dye the silk/cashmere weft for the warp still on the loom tomorrow.
All in all, between the cycling and the weaving prep, it’s been a productive day. Now off for dinner with friends! Tomorrow morning I will rinse out the warp and take some photos. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!