Monday, 9 June 2014

Day 9 A Boat Trip

Today we visited an FLW house, the Robie house, which is a prairie house and was built in 1910.

Then to the Illinois Institute of Technology which is full of modern buildings including lots of Mies van der Rohe. In the afternoon we had a boat trip round Chicago and I seem to have lots of photos of one skyscraper in another.

Finished about five pm very cold. Sunday is not a good day for Chicago. Most restaurants and caf├ęs are closed.

 

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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.