Friday, 4 December 2009


I am very taken with buttons and have a collection bought in all sorts of places.  I have been thinking about buttons for my new jacket. Examining my stash, I had nothing suitable and, although I looked at Dixie Nichols buttons,  there was little left for sale. She puts a new set on her website four times a year and you have to move fast to get a set. I had not realised she was running behind until yesterday when I got an email saying she was sorry she was late but here was another offering. So work was abandoned while I investigated.  There were three sets I thought were suitable and I bought what is shown below.

It is worth saying that, when I looked this morning, half the sets had been sold.

I once went to the Kennet Valley Guild wearing a newly made jacket which I was  very proud of. It is woven of handspun merino (spun by my  friend Linda Scurr, Thank you, Linda) and silk. Someone rushed up to me and said 'They are wonderful. Dixie Nichols?' and some one standing behind her turned round and said 'Dixie Nichols? Where? Let me see!!' Not a word about the jacket! It turned out that they both just bought sets they liked and hoarded them. Anyway I am a happy bunny.



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I am weaver and - -. I dye my yarns with acid dyes, I paint my warps, put fabric collages and stencils on my weaving. I have three looms, a 12 inch wide, 12 shaft Meyer for demos and courses, a 30 inch Louet Kombo which is nominally portable but has a stand, two extra beams and a home-made device containing a fan reed. And last a 32 shaft Louet Megado which is computer controlled, has a sectional warp and a second warp beam and I am the proud owner of an AVL warping wheel which I love to bits and started by drilling holes in. I inserted a device for putting a cross in. I have just acquired an inkle loom and had a lesson from an expert so I can watch TV and weave at the same time. I am interested in weaving with silk mostly 60/2 although I do quite a bit with 90/2 silk. I also count myself as a bookbinder with a special interest in Coptic binding.