I went to London for a couple of days. The main reason was to return to the Victoria and Albert and see the Chinese painting exhibition again and also to try to find out what is happening about the Textile Galleries. The exhibition was worth the return. The Textile Gallery is a farce. It has been completely relocated to the Clothworkers Study Center in Hammersmith. And don't even think about dropping by. They require an appointment to be made - with a list of what you want to study. I ask you! If I don't know what they got, how can I list what I want to see? So I will write a detailed email (not too inflammatory) and see how that goes.
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.
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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.