Tuesday, 28 January 2014
I have finished the second Japanese book which is bigger as I trimmed it differently. The next thing on that front is to make the cases which I might start on soon.
This is one of three books I am repairing for my son-in-law, Derek. This was awful, the spine was gone, the covers were derelict, the endpapers torn to shreds but the text block was fine. So the spine was repaired and much reinforced, new endpapers (1930s design since the book is 1934) and new covers, made of millboard, not grey board for extra strength. I managed to rescue the lettering from the front cover and reuse that on the new front cover but made a new label for the spine as there was nothing left. The binding is now much more solid than when I received it.
The third book has had its torn pages repaired and the beautiful ornamented front cover stripped down to be reused. That was unnerving too. Put the cover on a tray and cover it with a damp teatowel. Leave overnight. In the morning, take a scapel and free the bookcloth from the cover round the edges, slid the scapel under one corner to separate the bookcloth and the cover and then pull the cloth off the cover gently. This will be glued onto the new cover. That has no spine cover either. The spine has been oversewn with tapes and strengthened. The next thing is to put in the new endpapers and then make the new covers. I should be finished in two weeks. I have a really nice illustrated copy of Omar Khayyam to repair which belongs to my sister. I am very jealous of this and will try to make a really good job of it.
Sunday, 26 January 2014
Yesterday was the weaving class. Only two of the class have not completed their warping up. The rest are madly weaving and there are some really nice overshot patterns appearing. I also acquired two looms. Not for me but for Cally Booker. They are still in the back of the car. I await someone tomorrow to help me get them into the garage. One is a Harris floor loom and the other a large table loom. We have yet to organise how they get to Dundee.
Friday, 24 January 2014
The Convergence fabric was stiffish when dry so I consulted with the guru on silk noil, Rosie Price, who puts hers through the washing machine. So I prepared a 12 inch square and did just that. Much improved but it is not quite dry yet.
The other job eating time today was scouring Malvern for a pedal bin not too large to go under my kitchen sink. In the end, I worked out what capacity I was looking for and ordered it from Amazon.
But mostly the day was spent making a proper Japanese book.
One extra sheet of Japanese paper has a lovely large tiger printed on it, nothing to do with this book. I need to think of a use for it. If I store it, it will just get ruined because the paper is so fragile.
Thursday, 23 January 2014
I finished 3.5 metres of yardage for my Convergence entry last night and looked at my stash of Japanese gold thread. The problem, immediately obvious, was that the gold thread is on white paper and therefore the yardage will look different on both sides. Not acceptable so bang went that idea. I looked out some Lurex and some other fancy green yarn and went off to bed with a painful back from too much weaving.
I woke up early and rethought everything. This is supposed to be yardage and not a wall hanging. If I had gone on with last night's ideas, it would have been another Castlemorton Common. So I abandoned all the fancy yarns and just wove another half metre. Then I cut it off the loom. It was now 0930 am. It did not take long to tidy up a few loose ends but another problem appeared. The fabric was very stiff. I remember Rosie Price saying that silk noil needed a good wash. The rain had stopped and the studio was bright so I set about taking the photographs which are called for in the entry form. At 1530, I stopped taking photos. I had started indoors (colours not right), moved outdoors (sun came out and stayed out), moved to garage ( rotten background), moved into the garden and constructed a shade of black material anchored down with lead pots. I used all the garden furniture in the assemblage and eventually got some passable pictures. In passing, I snarled at everyone who phoned up and gave up answering the phone as being more polite.
I washed the yardage and it was very dirty or the brown dye was coming out. It took four washes with Woolite and four rinses together clear water out. What is now worrying me is whether the colours are now different and the photos inaccurate. Maybe it will be drier tomorrow.
The good bit of the day was a email saying the Early Music Shop has sold one of Michael's instruments and they owe me lots of money. And the silk chiffon I dyed yesterday in Procion MX has worked fine. I am going to a class on felting in 10 days and the list calls for silk chiffon. There are two shiboried Tshirts in dye at the moment and will be ready tomorrow.
Wednesday, 22 January 2014
Last night, Rosie Price and I spent several hours on the computer and intermittently on the phone to each other, buying air tickets for Convergence. The prices have rocketed in the last two years. British Airways wanted £1,700 to take me from Boston to Stockholm. Well thank you but no. I am going Aer Lingus with a stopover of 1.5 hours in Dublin. Rosie and I are flying together (seats next to each other!) from Heathrow to Boston. My one-way ticket on the same plane was more expensive than Rosie's return ticket and that was expensive enough. So I am feeling very poor this morning and will need to transfer money around. Fortunately the rest of my trips in 2014 and not expensive.
But the thought of the calladiums still makes me feel cheerful.
Monday, 20 January 2014
It is coming up to 10 am and I have already woven 0.25 m on the Megado. It has to be completed by Friday. I am hoping to get another 0.5 m done today. I should have done some yesterday but, after the family left, I did not feel like it and attended to a bit of Japanese bookbinding. I have it all laid out ready to sew up and will get that done today too.
Sunday, 19 January 2014
They build a spider's web in the garage with a grandson's assistance (Alex). We twisted several cords last night and used these for the long supports and the radials. The spiral was in one thickness. Black acrylic 4ply wool used throughout. Acrylic is unaffected by being in the rain. This is the first of two intended for tha exhibition at Nature in Art. I have ideas for adding clear beads to be raindrops.
Friday, 17 January 2014
Cally Booker, constructed at the Summer School.
Tomorrow we are starting on a course of six weeks of overshot. I know that most students have selected their pattern and warped up. It will be interesting to see all the different patterns.
Oddly enough I have done so much weaving lately that I am a bit off it and am thinking of bookbinding. I did start a Japanese book, much more complex than usual and I will go and see where I had got to. If I cover the table with it, it might encourage me to do some more to it. Mind you I ought to be thinking about the Convergence yardage deadline.
Wednesday, 15 January 2014
This morning I visited Saville Gardens on my way home. Lots of winter colour. Birches, maples, cornus. And camellias, mahonias and hamamelis were in flower. But it was very muddy and I stuck to the hard paths.
I got on with weaving on the 12 shaft loom at once. This needs to be completed tomorrow and a new warp put on Friday. On Saturday the Guild annual weaving course starts. Next week I must get back to the Megado as the Yardage entry date is 2 weeks away.
Sunday, 5 January 2014
Rob Dunster website which shows a lot of their products. There is a photo of four shuttles and my curved one is at the top.
From which you may gather that holidays are over and weaving is back in vogue. Yesterday was a Kennet Valley Guild day - we were busy preparing for the spring weaving course which starts in two weeks time. I had a long 12 hour day starting from Dorset before 7 am and driving through floods, lost traction at one point. The motorways had surface water on them so I kept the speed down. Reached home just after 7 pm, unloaded the car and gave up.
Today I cleared up but only a bit. Lots of paperwork and lots of weaving, including a session on the Megado. I can do 0.25 metre in one hour and hope to get 0.5 metre woven per day. The forms and feeling piece for Convergence have to be in the post in just over two weeks so I should make it. I have 1.25 m done so far. I have also woven a bit more of the turned overshot. I have padded out sections of the warp to sort out the tension. I am about halfway through this project which I need to complete so that I can move onto teh Guild's 12 shaft with vthe last of the four colour double weave warp from last spring! We need the loom in order to weave the Kennet Valley Guild entry to the National Exhibition. Three looms have already been warped up and have gone to weavers to complete their own section and then be passed on. I need to get this last one warped up to be passed on in 13 days time. I could just have cut off the four colour double weave warp but I like it too much!! It will allow me to do some more playing about with colour and drafts.
Thursday, 2 January 2014
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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.