Tuesday Out~takes

by heatherkp

This Tuesday I’m sharing an art piece I have been commissioned to make. This client really loves my weaving’s but since I don’t currently have a loom set up I had to come up with an alternate idea.  Below I have taken neutral cotton thread and threaded it through a reed to space it evenly the full width of my finished piece.

Next I’ve painted the “warp” with dyes to match the decor and colors that my clients have requested.  This process is similar to warp painted ikat which is usually done after a warp has been threaded onto a loom but before it’s been woven.  In this case I wasn’t working with a loom so I threaded the reed and secured it to a surface and painted the threads without tension.  This allowed for a painterly effect but wouldn’t be ideal for very precise image/color placement.

These “fringe” will become one layer in the finished piece.

Below is the layer that will go behind the fringe.

I haven’t decided if I will be using the blue layer and I have a couple other tricks up my sleeve but in all I’m pleased that this project is progressing and will soon be finished and ready to present to  my client!

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3 Comments to “Tuesday Out~takes”

  1. Wow! This looks fun! I can’t wait to see the finished product, and I’d love to see more “process” shots too! Have fun!

  2. Thank you so much for your comment. Yes I loved going to the mill and getting up close and personal with my weave. I was literally almost inside the loom! It was the best experience of my semester. I’m thinking of taking a course at the Jacquad center over the summer. I love what you are working on with your woven. My friend did a painted ikat and it turned out so smooth a subtle. It’s a great technique. What is the light blue sheer fabric going to be used for?

    • I haven’t decided what the blue piece will be used for yet. I may still incorporate it into this piece but probably not. It’s one of those things that I will have and need to figure out something to do with!

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