My main guild has an annual project and this year it was announced in September that it was to make something seasonal/about our favorite season.
I did the black walnut project for our study group which was seasonal but I wanted to make something else too. I hate winter so I’ve been waiting for spring.
My husband got me a flower press kit for Valentine’s Day so I pressed some crocus and snow drops in February and thought maybe I could work them in to weaving somehow.
They turned out really well! I had never pressed flowers before.
I’ve always been interested in cyanotype kept seeing them on Tiktok (one woman is doing one a day) and wondered if that would work with weavings. I didn’t find any info online at all, some people worked cyanotypes into their weaving by attaching a print but I didn’t find anyone who actually printed on the weaving itself. T-shirts and other fabric isn’t uncommon but it’s normally a lot finer fabric than handweaving would be.
I got a book from the library about printing on fabric and ordered the chemicals and some natural cotton warp and watercolor paper. I also ordered a cheap used, vintage (?) custom proofer I saw someone on Tiktok use to use instead of sheets of glass. It seemed easy, stable and easier to store than glass.
I did a tiny weaving on the mini loom I got for my birthday using the cotton for warp and weft. I washed the final weaving and let it dry.
When it was dark, I used a sponge apply the chemicals I mixed in a clean plastic takeout soup container to the weaving and some of the water color paper.
I let that dry overnight in a closed cardboard box. We do not have any really dark places in the house!
The first sunny day I used the dried flowers on the paper and weaving. I placed them in the proofer and set it outside for about 30 minutes.
I came in, rinsed them off, sprayed them with peroxide and rinsed them again.
I let them dry. The paper came out the best.
The weaving isn’t bad, it’s very small so the snow drops look huge.
I am going to try again on a larger loom (I didn’t want to make that time commitment for an experiment if it didn’t work at all) and spray the chemicals on the weaving.
If I use one of my larger looms so I can leave a lot of warp to weave in the ends rather than do tassels.
If it doesn’t work, I think I might switch gears and do a gel print. The due date is our May meeting so I need to get going!
[…] and I think I will use this as my project. I did make a fall scarf and a winter bird and tried out cyanotype which kind of works for summer. Maybe I hit all the seasons? Should I take them all in to show and […]