Monday, March 28, 2011

Colour & Weave in The Hague

After two successful workshops over the last 2 years, Jane Deane, Amanda Hannaford and I were invited back to The Hague with a new tutor, Helen Melvin.

My workshop was Colour and Weave on rigid heddle, or 4 and 8 shaft looms, using plain weave with light and dark warp and weft threads to produce patterns.  I showed how to design colour and weave patterns on paper and how to substitute warps of different colours and textures to add impact to the woven swatches.
Here you can see everyone busy weaving their swatches.

Looms ranged from rigid heddle looms.....

to 8 shaft looms.

Here you can see some warp ends that have been substituted for a different colour and texture.

Here a student is weaving her own colour and weave swatch that she had designed on paper.

All the workshops were very successful and we have all been invited back next year.  My workshop on 17 and 18 March 2012 will be The Theo Moorman Technique.  I'm really looking forward to returning to Dineke's Studio, De Spinners.

Helena Hernmarck väver Tabula Rasa på Alice Lund Textiliers ateljé 2010

A lovely YouTube video of weaving a tapestry.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Colour Palette of the Month - March!

I was given this image by Wendy Freebourne, a talented knitware designer from Bath.

The colours are so warm and rich that I couldn't resist using them for this months colour palette.

So what dye extracts would you use for this palette?

I'd give the following extracts a try, from the top:
Black - indigo and an iron modifier.
Khaki green - kamala and a light dip in indigo.
Rust - sappenwood.
Beige - cutch.
Buff - himalayan rhubarb with a copper modifier.

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