Karen Madigan is teaching an "Easy Ikat and Warp Painting Workshop" for the Online Guild this month. Both of these techniques are new for me.
Ikat is the one technique that has puzzled me. "Warp painting" seems pretty self explanatory, but "ikat"? What in the world is that? So far I have learned that the word is Malaysian, for a type of tie-dye. Thanks to Karen's well explained lessons, I am getting a better idea of what that actually means.
For this workshop we are combing both techniques to make bookmarks. I decided to measure and dye my ikat bouts first.
First I measured three, 3 yard bouts, and learned how to tie them in the ikat resist technique.
I cut up plastic shopping bags for the ties. Here is a close up....
The tying is actually quite simple. Not only was it well explained in the lesson notes, but Karen also demonstrates it in a YouTube video. Click here to view that. At first I thought the tying would be tedious, but it really went quite quickly once I got the hang of it.
Karen recommended dyeing the ikat bouts with a dark color, such as black or dark blue. I have heard that dyeing black is difficult, but I followed her recipe using Procion MX's Pro Black 602A (from Pro Chemical & Dye), and was pleased with the results.
For 11 grams of yarn I used:
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. washing soda
- 250 mls warmish water plus
- 50 mls of 1% dyestock (from 1 tsp of dye powder in 100 mls water)
The next step will be to measure the warp bouts to be painted, and then do those. Maybe over the weekend?
Posted 14 Nov. 2008 at http://leighsfiberjournal.blogspot.com
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