Posted by Peg in South Carolina
After discussing it with my husband, I had decided to sign up for the Complex Weavers’ Summer workshop being held in Albuquerque this summer. Then I learned that it had filled up within something like five days of registration having opened. My husband wanted me to get on the waiting list. But I figured that the waiting list was already pretty long.
Undaunted, I checked summer workshops in the area where I live. Not only did I find one. I found one that I would rather enroll in than Complex Weavers!
It is being held at the J.C. Campbell Folk School. Here is the description of the workshop:
Want the beauty of a hand-painted warp but don't have the space, time, or equipment? Explore different methods of painting your warp (and perhaps the weft) using fabric paints, spontaneously adding color to yarn for functional or art pieces. Be ready to experiment with color, texture, and weave structure. Students must know how to dress a floor loom. Limited instruction will be given on warping, specific to the warp-painting process.
Does this sound heretical for someone who dyes her yarns? Actually, I have no intention of stopping dyeing or substituting painting for dyeing. What I do want to be able to do is to add painting to the dyeing. There are fabric paints that can do things that dyes cannot do.
I have been thinking about trying this for a long time. In fact, sitting on my loom right now is a small jar of gold Setacolor by Pebeo that I purchased recently in Asheville, NC. It is on top of my loom because I am thinking of trying to use it on my upcoming silk crackle piece.
I am now registered for the workshop.