I have been running around a lot lately. Thursday was lino cut day and I printed more colour versions. Friday I spent at the Society of Bookbinders at their Seminars. You get 4 per day each lasting 1.5 hours and you get a full demo complete with blown up pictures from a video camera. They were all useful to me, especially the one about making boxes. I have a new (to me) copy of Alice in Wonderland which is so beautiful it needs a box to live in. I also bought a leather skin (red) and a book to bind.
Saturday was Guild day. Enough said. I came home with a long list of things to be done. Sunday I read a thriller most of the day - having had enough. Monday I did lots of things. Tuesday I drove to Malvern and back. I went round to my old house and identified plants for the new owners. Then talked to a friend for several hours, then attended a Committee meeting and came home a little miffed.
It took me till this morning to work out why. Basically I have done nothing on textiles for a long time. So I decided that I would do an hour of weaving every morning first thing in the morning and I did. Since then it has been the usual round of answering emails and sorting out paperwork. Why is this so much worse than in Malvern? I could spend 4 to 6 hours in weaving and all the paperwork was up to date. So what is different in Reading? Answers on a postcard please.
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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.