Thursday, 12 August 2010

Course with Rayna Gillman

This is a scan of the bundled-up cotton which I tie-dyed in the indigo vat on Saturday. Now washed and ironed, the structure reminds me of ice crystals.  It will make a great book cover.

Next week is the NEC Quilt Show in Birmingham and my sister, Dorothy, is coming down to attend lectures and a 3-day course on 'Creative Cloth' with Rayna Gillman who wrote a fantastic book on that topic. Dorothy knew I thought highly of the book and persuaded me to attend as well. So I have started collecting the things I need to take with me - all laid out on the garage table. I decided I would take the two pieces of indigo-dyed cotton to do further work on and also three pieces of the cotton I space dyed some weeks ago. 

These have been ironed and rolled up round a cardboard tube. I managed to find 'the fish stencil', which I bought years ago. I would love to use it again. It is about 12 inches square. But the only way of getting all this stuff to the class room has to be a wheeled suitcase!

In addition to all this next week, I am going to a one-day class on Bookbinding at the local Technical College. This is about 'Orthodox  Bookbinding' as in 'Coptic Bookbinding'. I am not even too sure what the distinguishing features of Orthodox bookbinding are.  I have an image of a carved ivory book cover or one made of carved wood  with painted gesso additions! I'll report further when I know more!!

I have started warping up the Voyager with the indigo tie-dyed wool. The wool is really nice quality - 2-ply from Texere. I need the scarf completed by the September Guild meeting  and, in any case, I have to warp up for a course on Network Drafting with Alice Schlein near the end of September.

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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.