Monday, July 9, 2012

Winding the Warp, and Photography Class

I've been up to my eyeballs keeping up with my photography class this summer. I've got just two weeks left to go. This week, the assignment is to combine two images. I'll have to do that one on the computers at school, because the directions the teacher gave us don't mesh with the old version of Photoshop Elements that I have at home. So, hopefully I'll have some cool shots to show you on Wednesday.

However, the final project that is due next week is to tell a narrative, in 5 images. I spent several days scratching my head trying to figure out what to do...and then decided that at heart I'm a fiber artist. I'd just do one of my projects, and take pictures as I go along.

So, I'm making a prototype hand painted cotton ruana. I love the idea of making wearable art, but I don't know if I can make a loom woven project fast enough to keep the cost down to what folks might pay. So I'm experimenting. At the least, I'll get a final photography project out of the deal, as well as my own beautiful piece of clothing. And then I'll cost things out at the end of the project, and see what I'd have to charge to sell the result.

So far, I've spent 2 hours and 15 minutes. The 3/2 cotton warp is all measured out. It started on the cones. Then I wrapped it around the warping mill to measure the length I wanted. Each bout on the warping mill has enough threads to end up 3 inches wide on the loom. Then I chained the bouts off, to keep them from tangling up. Here's the first of the 5 pictures for my final project:

Tomorrow I hope to get this pile of white cotton all dyed up into a colorful mess. So....what are your favorite color combinations to wear?


  1. This is a very cool idea for your photography project! I will enjoy following along and look forward to seeing the result.
    I'm really fond of turquoise and teal, purple and burgundy.

  2. Thanks! I went with something close to that. I chose the turquoise, cobalt blue, black, and wine red. We'll see what I actually get when I rinse out the yarn tomorrow. (Crossing my fingers...)