Due to the rain, I have not been outside much so I have been concentrating on textiles. I tied the silk warp back on the Megado. I had left it with two sticks and several inches of weaving to hold them in place. So I just had to tie the two sticks to the front beam and we were off.
The other project I have started up on is the Small Newbury Coat. It was decided that we had so much fibre and yarn left from the Newbury Coat of 2011 that we should make a small replica which would fit a ten year old and it could be taken round schools (of which the Guild does a lot - well Rosie Price and her band of helpers do a lot). We did not do much about it for a long time but a fleece has been spun in the last few months and I have inspected all the yarn from 2011 and taken out the best for the warp. The fibre that has been recently spun was spun much finer and plied - and a plied yarn is what I need for the warp. For the coat in 2011, we used singles and it drove us demented with broken threads. I (unilaterally) decided that I would rather dye the yarn than the material (Reason, it is possible to dye yarn in batches but we would have to dye the whole length of fabric as one piece and I could see problems getting it evenly dyed. I also decided not to use indigo (Reason, it can come off and we do not want small children going home wearing white shirts with blue stains). So I looked for a blue whose colour approximated to a mid indigo.
Tomorrow I am off to Birmingham by train. I will take my camera and try to get photos of Worcester under water. The train goes in from Malvern on a high level viaduct well above the river and you get a good view of the town from the train as you pass over the river.
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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.