You may recall that my Kodachrome Coat was one of the winners in the Vav/Handwoven garment contest, which meant that it went to Sweden for the Vav conference. Â Well, Wendy Morris, a Complex Weavers member residing in the UK, was at the conference and was kind enough to send me this photo:
As you can see, it’s quite a bit brighter than anything else in the room!
Meanwhile, I am busy as a bee weaving up sample #7 for Autumn Splendor:
It’s white wool on white silk. Â Doesn’t look like much, does it? Â But it will look far better when dyed.
The intent of this sample is to see whether the subtle color variations in sample #6 can be created using surface design/dyeing techniques instead of a laboriously knitted-and-unraveled blank. Â While I am not averse to doing knitted blanks if it produces the effect I want, I’m also not averse to finding an easier way. Â The surface design techniques I’m considering won’t produce the horizontal stripes, but that’s fine – I’m more interested in subtle color variation than the striping per se.
Plan for this sample is to cut it into three pieces and try:
- smooth color gradation with acid dyes followed by a faint scrunch-dye overdyeing in fiber-reactive dyes
- painted-on loose stripes of similar colors with acid dyes followed by a smooth color gradation in fiber-reactive dyes
- smooth color gradation with acid dyes, scrunched up and more acid dye applied, followed by smooth color gradation in fiber-reactive dyes
I’m inclined to do smooth color gradations in the second dyebath because I believe that will give a more subtle result than a patterned overdyeing. Â Only time will tell, though!
I’m really cranking away on this sample because I want to have it done by the time I go see Sharon on Saturday afternoon. Â Given the time required for fiber-reactive dyes to “set”, that means it must be fully woven and acid-dyed on Friday morning, and fiber-reactive dyed Friday evening, to have the best chance of fixing correctly by Saturday afternoon when I go see Sharon. Â (I may cheat and put it on a heating pad, set to “low”.)
Anyway, I have 18″ woven so far. Â I figure I’ll simply finish up with whatever I’ve got woven on Thursday morning (I’m booked tonight and tomorrow evenings), and dye on Friday morning. Â Of course, I also have to get those muslins completed and sewn (a bit of a tall order), but I figure I can draft in the early mornings and sew things up on Saturday morning. Â Except for a complete redraft of the sleeve, the pattern changes are relatively minor and shouldn’t take long.