Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Getting Warped

Some of you who know me well may know that I have a warped sense of humor at times.  This is not about that at all.
I realized that I have shown woven fabric, a fresh warp on the loom and fabric on the loom.  But I have never show the warp at the beginning. This is not quite that either!
A warp starts with cones of weaving thread/yarn or possibly skeins of yarn.  For the warp that I made today, I used yarn from 40 different cones.  I used from five cones of black yarn for the bulk/background color of this warp.  There are 170 threads total that I will put through the reed and then through the heddles on my loom to get it ready for weaving.   OH, but what about the other 35 cones of yarn?   I used five each of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and violet.  So, in addition to the black yarns, I have a rainbow of other colors. Yes, I know that it isn't exactly the ROY G BIV rainbow - I substituted purple for indigo - I thought the dark blues of indigo would be lost in the blacks.  I only finished off one of the cones of yarn while doing this warp.  So  I will have the ability, if I choose, to weave those same colors across the weft of the fabric.  These threads/yarns are a combination of  cotton, rayon and bamboo. The three fibers behave nicely when woven together as they have the same washing and care requirements.

Here it is after winding the warp on the board and tying the ties so I could chain it off.
That doesn't look very exciting hanging there does it? 
The black is hiding most of the color.

 Here is the end where I started chaining before I said "Oh, I need to take pictures!"

 How about a close up after I chained it off to take to where I will warp the loom?
Look at those vibrant colors!  
I can hardly wait to get this threaded and on the loom ready to weave. 
I have a few days to do it, but I also have other things that need done - you know those silly things like laundry and food preparation and such.  

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A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Oh, I LOVE those colors!! That is going to be a beautiful piece!! I'm so glad you remembered to take pictures for us - and that I'm not the only one who has to contend with those silly things like laundry and food preparation and such - LOL - ;))

Barbara said...

Gorgeous colors! But the process has warped my brain. Lol.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

This is going to be cool! When this pic rolled on my reader, I REALLY looked like you were roping that door closed. I thought "what the heck is Gene up to now, lol.
Happy New Year.

Barb said...

That sure looks like a lot of work

Jeanna said...

We love your warped sense of humor and also seeing your creative warp. Love those colors!

Marlene said...

Beautiful warp Gene! Exactly the type of thing I like to weave -- and wear too.