Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Colorful Idaho

It's definitely Fall in Idaho: the trees are golden, the fields of cut wheat are brass and gold, the burning bushes are flaming and the weather alternated from drizzly rain to cloudy/bright sun. I so like the Fall, and the weather was perfect for me: just enough of a chill to be invigorating, not enough cold to be bitter. All in all a delightful time to visit, and delightful people to visit with (ending preposition notwithstanding).

We were inside most of the time however, making colors:

dye samples4

This is the full table of over 500 colors. These are Lanaset dyes on wool. Some close ups:

dye samples3

dye samples7

And the final pile for each person:

dye samples2

Now they have the daunting task of organizing these samples into some sort of useful form. I keep mine in a binder:

dye sample book

But there are lots of other ways: slide pocket files, rings with labels, or (the easiest) a box. As is. Labeled, sorted, but not mounted. I suspect that after the grueling class (I crack whip), the box method predominates.

I hope the samples are as useful to the dyers as they are to me. I think the most useful part of them is in the doing though. Much about color and the dye used is learned in the process of making the samples, including which colors are stronger and dominate a blend, and just *how many* samples we could continue to make for a really complete set. But we stopped, exhausted, after two days. Part of the second day was taken up with painting warps and skeins, to be sure, and I live in hope that I'll get to see some of the completed warps once they are woven (major hint, eh?).

These samples were made by members of the Pullman/Moscow Weaver's Guild (alas, no website), and I believe there were extra samples made, with the intention of selling a few books for a fundraiser. If you are interested, I'll send you contact information (but give them a week or two, they are tired!).


Blogger June said...

Dang, that's a lot of dyed goods. I need to do one of these workshops someday. The fly-by-night, seat of the pants approach that I use for dyeing is a little too wiley and capricious for my scientific nature.


2:52 PM  
Blogger claudia said...

Oh did I love that class! I'd happily do a Lanaset book if/when you come back here.

Another storage method...giant ziploc bag, unmounted. Ask me how I know this....


6:49 PM  
Blogger Spindlers2 said...

I know the version of that class that I did was adulterated (ie, wrong dyes!) but it was still fun. You wouldn't recognise the Garden Room now - all poshed up!

8:31 AM  
Blogger Helen said...

Actually at least five of us are well on our way towards having our samples mounted in notebooks! Great workshop. Would never have guessed we could do that many samples in that short a time.

8:15 PM  
Blogger Lola said...

Yummy! Someday I hope to have such a set of cards, prepared as part of a workshop. I do have Lanaset Rainbows, but it's not the same thing as actually doing it yourself.

12:14 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

I'd be interested in a book if they have any extras.

7:44 PM  
Blogger Bethieee said...

Pullman/Moscow Weaver's guild?
I'd love their contact information as I might be in that area for school next year.

5:26 PM  

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