Friday, August 10, 2012

Import Blog weaving potholders

I got my Weavezine online newsletter this week and just had to share the main article-potholders-woven.
Remember when you were a youngster and you had one of those metal squares to make potholders? I loved those!! and wish I still had mine. at the resale shop there was a plastic one made in china-I didn't buy it as I would rather find one of the older metal ones. (update-I just found out from reading that Harrisville, a weaving co, is making new metal ones now.
This weaver stepped up this process to explore color theory.
Potholder Loom

The author prefers 100% wool loopers as better for use as a potholder
warping the loom

To finish off the potholder and take it off the loom, crochet the edge loops together. You can do so with the weaving hook (as shown) but I find that a size K crochet hook gives me better control.
crocheting off the edge
The last loop is used to hang the potholder with. You can either tie a knot in it to prevent the crocheted edge from unraveling, or pull it through the crocheted edge a second time to secure it.

Above is the basic process for making your potholder.

Color Gamp

color gamp finishedIn weaving, the colors of the warp and weft interact closely. Where they cross, they can visually create a new color. This is especially true of fine cloth, where the intersections are small. It's analogous to the way dots on a printed newspaper picture blend together to create the impression of more colors than are printed on the page.
The magical thing about weaving is that you often can't predict what two colors will look good together. There are always surprises. To "test drive" color combinations, weavers will often create a color gamp.
A gamp is a woven sampler with several different variations incorporated into the cloth. The variation might be the weave structure (as in a twill gamp) or in the yarn's color (as in a color gamp.)
The pixel size on a potholder loom is big, so you won't get the intimate color blending that you would with a finer cloth, but it is still fun to see how different warp and weft combinations look together.
You can create a color gamp with as few as two colors, or as many colors as your loom has pegs.
In the sampler below, I warped the loom with nine colors: 2 blue, 2 indigo, 2 cyan, 2 green, 2 yellow, 2 orange, 2 red, 2 magenta, 2 violet.
Weave across the warp with the same nine colors to complete the gamp.
color gamp
You can see that the solid colors form a diagonal across the gamp. Looking at the gamp you can see which warp-and-weft color combinations appeal to you, which is useful for planning the next project: color-and-weave.

Painted Warp

painted warp finishedI use painted warps quite a bit when weaving scarves or cloth for garments. I love the way the dye blends together like watercolor paint to create new colors.
One day I had the thought: why not bring this color technique into my potholder weaving?
The basic technique for painting loopers for potholder weaving is as follows:
  1. Warp the frame with light-colored loopers. White will give the brightest colors, but overdyeing yellow gives a nice effect as well.
  2. Using a stencil brush, stipple dye onto the loopers. Make sure to saturate the point where they attach to the loom pegs.
  3. Remove the loopers from the loom and wrap in plastic wrap.
  4. Steam the loopers to set the dye, or otherwise affix the dye according the the dye manufacturer's instructions. Be sure to follow all safety precautions for the dye you are using. 

Painted warps are shown to best effect when woven with a single color of weft, in a dark color such as maroon, navy, or black.
painted warp

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