Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Posted by Peg in South Carolina

The threading is done.  This block seemed to require more care and attention to avoid errors than the rest of the warp did.  Perhaps it was my eagerness to get done that I was having to compensate for.  In any case, it is done, and the reed is in.  15 dents, to be sleyed at 4 ends per dent.  Thank heavens for the auto-denter.  The only problem is that I use it so infrequently there is always a learning curve to start.  Still, it is a marvelous tool for fine threads and the learning curve is now short indeed.

I began to realize that I had not yet dyed the 120/2 silk I plan for using for the binder shots.  And I also saw that the amount of yarn I ordered from Treenway was half of what I had thought I needed.  But I am going to get on with dyeing what I have and see how it goes.  It’s expensive stuff and I certainly don’t want to order much more than I will actually need.

There is, however, a slight hitch in the dyeing plans.  I will have to make some stock solutions from dye powder.  I do this in the garage.  The temps here are running in the high 90’s with heat indexes up to 110.  Doesn’t seem to be much end in sight.  Do  you think I look forward to working in the garage………….even with the door open?

But daughter and grandson are planning to come on Friday for a long weekend.  Perhaps by Tuesday the weather will have improved.

Related Posts: 
More Dye Stock Solutions
Dyeing in the Kitchen

Threading and Dyeing”  was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on June 16, 2010. ©2010 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina.


Anonymous said...

Peg, I went back and read your related posts re dyeing and stock solutions. I, too, dye in the kitchen. But I do one thing a bit differently. When mixing my dye stocks from powder and dyeing in the kitchen, I have WET paper towels all around. That way I can see where any dye powder has settled (I mix in the basement), or where a drop might have spilled or where I accidently spattered something. It's a good check to let me know when I have been careless; otherwise, the dye can be elusive. Even just a misplaced exhaled breath can be the culprit and you would just never know except for the wet towels.

Peg in South Carolina said...

Yes, I do that as well. And I don't do it when there is any wind. And I clean equipment carefully, including the underside of the scale. Dye powder can really end up in unexpected places! Thanks for reminding me of this!