Tuesday, 9 September 2014

A Restful Day

After all the rushing about of the past weeks, suddenly today I had no urgent tasks. So I started by walking on the common. We are walking Hadrian's Wall next year and I must stay fit and it is back to leaving the house at 0730 and back by 9 for breakfast.
I looked at all my paperwork and everything that should have been done, has been done! So after tidying the house up, I set out on the Hana-ori. I checked the tension and the threading and then started looking for the right colours of yarn for the pattern. The warp and the ground are 30/2 cotton so I decided 12/2 cotton was probably the right weight for the pattern. I made a great discovery about me as a result. I don't like baby blue. I have no baby blue yarn of any weight or fibre! I found a small scrap in a bag of oddments which I think I acquired after a class.
Later on I wove a bit on the Louet. Quite slow. It is double weave and fine tencel so there are a lot of weft threads per inch. I did four inches in an hour so six inches  day is feasible. I need to adjust the chair height as it is too low.
I had a lovely birthday present today from Debbie -

The covers are of ash. Isn't it gorgeous?

The garden is looking pretty good. The trees on the common are just starting to colour. I have visitors this weekend and I think we might go to Westonbirt Arboretum and see how the maples are doing though it may be a bit early.

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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.