Over the weekend, I attended a wonderful weaving workshop led by weaving artist Kathie Roig. She presented Warp It, Paint It, Weave It, an exploration of painted warps both on and off the loom.
Kathie was a terrific teacher–well organized, very informative, and most importantly for me, she was a lovely person. Our small group of nine loved her generous spirit.
The first day was a half day session where she got us immediately into on-the-loom painting. We placed cardboard underneath the exposed warp, painted a design, dried it with a hair dryer and then proceeded to weave. This was one of my first attempts.
I experimented throughout using different colors for the weft and the results were fairly dramatic. The first little bit used black weft while the rest is orange.
Kathie did just enough demonstrating to give us the idea. Here she demos using stencils.
The on loom painting continued through Friday morning. That afternoon she showed us how to to set up off-the-loom warps.
This method really spread out the warp so you could paint your design. A cartoon was underneath to serve as a guide.
By Saturday, many had woven both on and off loom samples. I work slowly so my unfinished warp is on the right.
The pieces everyone wove were beautiful. We talked about how we would apply this technique to various projects and what we would change or keep the same. Kathie encouraged us every step of the way and made us realize how important it is to choose good quality leaders for workshop success. We all walked away quite satisfied.