Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Suzan G. Braun


This thesis is a summary of what one student has done with the process of blueprinting as applied to fiber. Persons interested in the dyeing or painting of warps for weaving may benefit in reading this paper as it introduces another facet of warp application.

The blueprinting process used is the same technique engineers use to reproduce plans and drawings. It is a nonsilver photographic technique that makes use of ferric salts which, when mixed with certain other chemicals and exposed to ultraviolet light, form a colored byproduct.

The research was begun with the study of the application of the chemicals to fabric. Later work was done to achieve a satisfactory process for applying the chemicals to a warp and exposing the warp in preparation for weaving. This was the main goal in working with the blueprinting process. Included in the thesis are photographs of the process and the finished experiments.