I’ve recently added a new level of fun and complexity into my handwoven creations. I’m starting to dye my own yarn in order to achieve the specific colors I want without having to ship new yarns to Costa Rica each time I’m ready to start a new project. (which is a giant and expensive hassle!) There of course is tons of information online about how to do anything in the world now, and dyeing yarn is no exception. So I spent hours and hours perusing info online about how to successfully dye warp yarns, gathered all the materials, and finally got brave enough to dive in and try it. And of course, no matter how much reading you do about a subject there is no comparison to hands on experience! I’m learning fast and humbled by this new immense world of possibility! I mean, the options that are now available to me are endless!
My first few attempts have been….not exactly what I expected but still beautiful nonetheless. That is how it goes with adventure, right?! “Mistakes” are better known as “happy accidents”! In the first case what I intended to be purple ended up blue, and even though it was not what I had planned it turned out absolutely gorgeous. You can see the final product of this happy accident here.
I’m particularly excited about handpainting the yarn in order to achieve subtle (or wild!) color variations and gradients. If I was a painter instead of a weaver, I would paint in a style that squished and blended paint around to mix dreamy colors, and this is exactly what I get to do painting warps! So this allows me a new form of creativity that I normally don’t get with weaving. It breaks color out of a grid pattern that the structure of the loom and weaving normally confines me to. Super exciting!!
Next up — dyeing with natural plant dyes that I harvest and collect here in Costa Rica!