Monday, 30 September 2013

A Hectic Weekend

This is Dennis Walker's ikat warp which has been twice dyed. It is shown with two of the wrappers removed after the second dyeing. His tape has protected the first dye, green, very well and there is no leakage.

On Saturday I went into London with Ruth and Anne and we spent the day being shown how to cook by a Michelin-starred chef, Claude Bosi.

Claude Bosi is on the left and Ian from Glasgow is on the right. Ian is the head chef and was very knowledgeable. The kitchen was fantastically well kitted out with induction hobs, including a wok induction system! There were seven of us and I had known we were going to have a demonstration but I had not realised that they were going to cook a four course lunch and that we were going to eat it. This at 0930!! And we had a four course (different) lunch at 1230. It was all very informative and they answered questions happily. Really quite an experience.

The original idea had been to go shopping in Bond Street but after all that food and wine we all felt decisions were a bit strenuous so went home!

On Sunday we went to Wisley Gardens where they had a scuplture show on. Not as interesting as at Savile Gardens because most of the pieces looked as though they would be happier indoors. But it was a lovely September day and we enjoyed walking round the gardens.  After that I drove home.


  1. We used to live within easy walking distance of Savill Gardens in Englefield Green, I remember the gardens very fondly! We only went to Wisley once, but it was a wonderful day spent there.

  2. Of course the other big plus in Englefield Green is that you can walk all the way to Windsor (5 miles) down the Long Walk. Not to mention Virginia Water being close by!! My lot walk to Windsor through the Great Park, have lunch in a pub and take the bus back!



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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.