Summer School 2019 - Dot Seddon
Tapestry to Dye For - course tutor Dot Seddon
As a tapestry weaver I like to be able to produce with dyes the colours that I have used in my designs.
Some colours may only be needed in small quantities of yarn and perhaps in subtly different shades of the same colour. The only way that I could do this was to dye the yarns that I wanted myself. As someone who enjoyed maths and practical chemistry, I find that a controlled dyeing technique that allows me to replicate, as near as is possible, a particular colour an enjoyable activity with a positive outcome. The system that I use is straightforward and not difficult to understand, the maths involved is very basic and should not put anyone off who may think they are “mathsphobic”.
My own work is rather eclectic; subject matter and size varies dramatically but there are a few techniques that are invariably used to move from one colour in a design to another, mainly hatching, pick and pick, and colour blending on the bobbin. In the second part of the week after participants have produced some dyed yarns, warped up their tapestry looms these techniques will be discussed and practised.
This course is aimed at beginner tapestry weavers who perhaps think dyeing their own yarns is one step too far. It will give them the confidence to have a go and take control of the colours they will use.