(107) Shifted Warp Ikat Scarf ~ FULL

Ikat is a classic textile technique of resist-dying pattern into individual threads before weaving. It is a multi-phased process resulting in vibrant, graphically elaborate woven cloth. Ikat wrapped yarns, when dyed, instantly become timeless, immersed in an ancient partnership between intention, design, and color.

Workshop participants will design, wrap, dye, and begin weaving a single dye ikat scarf, learning the basic techniques of the warp ikat process. Each student will stretch and wrap a scarf warp using yarns on a warping board they have brought to class. A variety of wrapping techniques will be demonstrated. Wrapped warps will be dyed using Procion MX fiber reactive synthetic dye, unwrapped, and dried.

Four ikat warp shifting methods will be demonstrated on the loom. Techniques for creating many classic ikat designs and patterns will be demonstrated and discussed.

This is a unique opportunity to work in person with Mary, an experienced ikat weaver.


Mary Zicafoose

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Materials fee:

$15 covers ikat tape, dye auxiliaries, workshop workbook.

Equipment required

4-shaft Loom, Warping Board

Student Supplies:

  • Portable warping board, or two radddles of similar size.
  • Two 3-inch C-clamps for attaching warping board to table, Four 3-inch C-clamps if using raddles.
  • Warp yarns-see attached supply sheet.
  • Portable workshop loom with reed compatibly sized for a dense warp sett: 10, 12, or 15 dent.
  • Three wooden dowel rods cut 2 inches narrower than the width of your loom: ½-, ¾-, and 1 inch in diameter.
  • Two shuttles with bobbins and usual weaving supplies & header materials.
  • Wide-eye steel tapestry needle.
  • Pair of small sharp scissors.