Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Chelsea Flower Show

First the weaving. I have woven 2 metres of the stuff and made myself sick in the process. So it was just as well I had a visit to Chelsea Flower Show for today organised months ago. Anne and Dorothy came with me and Anne caused a lot of head turning.
by wearing her hat which I call Tallulah Bankhead and she calls Carmen Miranda.

We did not care much for the Show Gardens, altogether too many painted  steel beams and sheets. But the Pavilion was its usual magnificent self.
 A particularly fine bonsai
 No idea what these are but nice.
 A rose on David Austin's stand
 Who would have guessed there were so many colours of potatos

A tuk-tuk decorated with fresh flowers. Five horticultural colleges were given a tuk-tuk each and had to decorate it. So there were five of which I thought this was the best but the judges gave the Gold Medal to someone else.

Other info. We all had a good time and were exhausted at the end. Dorothy who is very keen on the Underground said 'That's a good idea' when I said we should take a taxi back to Waterloo Station. It has to be said that the most interesting - and most beautiful - things in the Show were two photographic exhibitions. The first was run by the RHS and the photos were blown up to a lrge size. The other was startling. We came across a small display of about eight photos of seed pods. They were jewels or abstract art, I don't know which. I found myself saying These are lovely to a young lady, only to discover she was the photographer so naturally we continued the conversation!! The reason why they look jewel-like is that there are no shadows because she uses a light tent so loads of diffused ambient light. And the photography is impeccable. She is going a publish a book containing these but she reckons it will be in 2019. Her name is Anna Laurent and she can be found at www.annalaurent.com/photography

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Getting somewhere

I have been weaving steadily after some time removing errors. And I really did not like the colours when woven so after a lot of practise runs and twisting of threads together, I settled on a dark brown cottolin for both patterns. But of course I only have 250 gms of that. So much consultation with William Hall and Co. I ought to get the yarn on Wednesday but I have enough to weave my required three yards or very close to it. So it seems like I might meet the deadline of June 1st.

I find it quite wearing trying to weave a metre a day. I managed 0.75 metres yesterday and will probably manage that today too.

Since I have done nothing else but weave, there is nothing else to report. We did have an interesting artist visiting us. He talked about his college day where his tutors used to hand out three words and they had to make a work of art from the,. His were fabric, plaster and weaving. The interesting thing is of course this is what Kennet Valley Guild calls Blackjack. Our three topics are weave, and two restrictions like do it in black and white or use mohair. Interesting.

Friday, 19 May 2017

More Cheerful.

This blog is for readers over 65 years old.

Lately there has been a TV ad with a song attached about boots. This has been bothering me for some days and I woke up at five one morning, having a eureka moment and remembering some more words. So I looked it up on the website and it was 'These boots are meant for walking' sung by Nancy Sinatra in 1966. That was a good decade for me and very exciting. At the end of it, I had given up academia and become a commercial engineer, much more fun. It was seeing Nancy in thigh high black boots that triggered memories. I had those! And A-line dresses in solid colours. No pattern any where. We owned a very elderly Mini but had risen to a Cortina at the end of the decade. You try getting two toddlers, their belongings and a pushchair in a 1959 Mini. (Yes ours was built in August 1959, the first month of Minis).  

Michael wrote two books on computing which became best sellers. They were translated into lots of  languages which meant lots of money. Hence the change from a Mini to a Cortina.
As I said, a good decade for us.

Fed Up, Browned Off and Gritting my Teeth

I have at last got the warp sleyed and tied on - and the crossing errors corrected. The draft (unreasonably complicated) is ready. I freely admit that I do not like the colours now I see the whole pattern. Dorothy likes the back much more that the front. I spent some time late last night searching for a suitable yarn to replace the brown silk noil but could not find enough of anything that would be an improvement so have decided to grit my teeth and go with the original colour plan.

You have probably realised that no photos have been shown recently. As with Cally Booker. We are both doing a piece to be included in the Complex Weavers book and there are strict rules about no prior publication. I am not at all clear on whether blogs count as publication but better safe than sorry. (There are too many clichés in this blog). I will take the woven length to Guild when completed (if ever) so some people will see it.

The 'fed up browned off' state is me this morning realising that I have still have to weave the damn thing. I have today to myself so should get somewhere, even if it is only to decide to terminate the project.

Two lovely prospects. One, I am going to Chelsea Flower Show next Tuesday with Anne and Dorothy. Two, I have been watching the irises which grow along the Kennet and Avon Canal. When I was there on Monday there were a few flowers out and lots to come. Dorothy says that elsewhere in the neighbourhood, there are banks of them. So I might knock off to do a bit of photography this afternoon.

And on the topic of photography, I have discovered the pleasures of courses run by Craftsy. I have nearly completed all the lessons on 'Landscape Photography'. I eventually, after several lessons, found the materials list. All I can say is that I do not think my accountant would stand for me buying all the gear the tutor thinks you ought to have. And I would certainly have to abandon any thought of foreign travel for a year or two.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

More Progress

The threading is going well. I should be done tomorrow. Just hope there are not too many errors. In between bouts of threading up, I have planted all the plants we bought earlier this week. There has been a fair amount of rain in the last few days and the newly planted plants should be okay. Annuals have planted out.


And lots of PCIs. These were all brought from Malvern. I specified to the estate agent that I reserved the right to take any plants I wanted plus all the irises!

The other good news that I had an email from Lori Sauer saying she had a place on her regular bookbinding class and did I want it? The answer has been an enthusiastic YES. I am going to concentrate on binding in leather. I have done a little but I need practise to get more confident. I have a couple books all ready to bind. The course is in Salisbury so it is a fair step from here but the classes are on Saturday soThe other course I have signed up for is one run by the Designer Bookbinders with Mark Cockram. He is very famous and I keep wondering if I am going to get shouted at for incompetence. Once I get past the deadline for Complex Weavers and the Open Studios, I will be a lot happier. Lately life has returned to what it was like when I had a company and got up at six to get a good start on the day. One of my customers used to get into work at six and got the shock of his life when I rang him at six once to ask a technical question.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Threading Up

The deadline for submission to the Complex Weavers Book is approaching faster than I want.I have the warps on and am threading up which is spread over 16 shafts. And it is very complicated. I can manage 120 threads (half a pattern) in an hour which is slow for me. I keep checking the last threading. The house being open for Open Studios does not help and I am off to Hadrian's Wall before June 1st (the deadline for the CW book). So my life is parcelled out according to a timetable. This morning I was up at six to thread up and did half a pattern. I am off to Wokingham later and the gardeners are here and need attention but I will get back in there this afternoon and do another half pattern. Seven patterns in all and I must finish by Monday. I have allowed a day for looking for errors and then it is weave, weave, weave. I must be bonkers.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Progress on the Megado warp

It has taken some time to wind the ten yard warp onto the Megado. I started putting the first warp on the sectional warp beam. Not quite according to Crocker. It took from Sunday evening to Tuesday morning. Then I started on the second warp which went on to the second plain warp beam. Finished just after lunch. So ready to start threading up tomorrow morning. And what, I hear my critical friends say, did you do with the rest of the afternoon?  The answer is had a filling at the dentist and spent the rest of the afternoon waiting for my face to unfreeze.


We bought these on Monday. They need planting.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Warp done

In between opening the studio, I managed to finish winding the  warp for Complex Weavers. The deadline is June 1st and yes I know it is only a few weeks away. I am busily cancelling appointments and outings!!

Here is the warp or rather here are the warps. two of them.

The yellow one is cotton ( what I think of as the top cloth) and the multi-coloured one is bamboo (the lower cloth). But of course they interchange - frequently.  I do not think I have used pure bamboo before. It has a lovely soft feel which will be wasted on curtains which is what this fabric is going to end up as. We have a drafty house and need a door curtain.

Other than that, it is more Open Studios today but not for two hours so I am going to pot up my lupin seedlings and plant the French beans. I have bought some auriculas which need potting up but no suitable compost so that is tomorrow's job. Some are in flower and they are lovely.

Saturday, 6 May 2017


Sandra Rude has posted photos of some gorgeous Tall Bearded irises. Just to keep the Uk end up, below is a photos of two of my Californian irises(Pacific Coast irises). There are lots more coming. In fact the garden is looking good but needs some work which, of course, I do not have time for.

I have wound 75% of the warp for the Megado. This weekend is more Open Studios, so not much else will get done.

What with fighting with the printer (it will not print), having trouble down loading files and finding that the loudspeakers are not connected to my desktop, I am feeling that 'Things are against me'

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Open Studios

I reached home at about 1700 on Friday and collapsed in a heap but next day Open Studios started and we were open over the weekend. Lots of visitors came and we chatted happily. But it has to be said that other things did not get done. And then on Monday (Bank Holiday) we were both stewarding at the Open Studios Exhibition at Greenham. Hard work. Loads of people and I learnt a lot. The most of which was that Open Studios is really devoted to  painters. The visitors walked straight past the lovely ceramics (which are the best thing in the show) and the jewellery and the textiles and di not look at anything else. Dorothy and I each had a wall hanging which were basically hidden.

So without too much thought we have decided not to do it again. It has taken us weeks of effort to put everything together for opening the studios and now it seems like a waste of time. Never mind, I reckon both of us have Christmas presents for family and friends for the next two years.

 I arrived home from Greece to be reminded that this year I am in charge of some of the Bookbinders bursary applications and the deadline was last Sunday. So in amongst everything else, I have scanned in the applications and bunged them out to judges. I myself intend to read them thoroughly this evening sitting in front of MASH.

The other point to note is that I have wound a great deal of the warp for Complex Weavers but have more to go. There are two warps and one is early finished. The other one is multi-coloured and needs a bit of thought - - - which I will go off and apply now!!

On the way home

I am sitting on a plane which has just left Athens bound for Heathrow. The whole group flew in from Milos - on the only plane there is on one day! Very early. So we have all been mouching around Athen airport, drinking coffee and having desultory conversations about photography.

I would not go back to Milos. There is not enough of interest. Jacqui is doing a course in Morocco next April but says they intend to trek through the Atlas Mountains. I think that is a bit beyond me. But I fancy Morocco. Souks and bazaars sound good to me.

I have spent a hour or two this morning planning my life over the next month. The Berkshire Open Studios starts  tomorrow and lasts three weeks but in between I must deal with my entry for the Complex Weavers book. This means finishing the draft, winding the warp of 12 yards, getting it on the Megado and weaving it. It is going to be tight. However everything else can wait till June. Progress will be reported.

Some photos from the last few days.
At the manganese mines

The church in Pollonia where we stayed.


A piece of carefully sited drift wood.

So what have I learnt? What lots of the camera buttons do and what apps, equipment other people use. I have ordered some stuff from amazon which should arrive today.  One thing I must do is take photos of our layout for the Open Studios. Personally I think Dorothy has the right idea. She is off to Scotland for a break with friends immediately the Open Studios closes,

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

More on Milos

Walking a lot each day and taking huge numbers of photos which I shall prune severely when back home. At the moment I am transferring only a few to the iPad each day. I have to choose six each day and then e erroneous discusses everyone else's' six. I am not. So sure about all this. I find I have enough of white with blue trim fishing villages. It was more fun at an opencast mine which is still working. 



With the occasional village.

Yesterday we were in a village with a very ancient church. Of course I was the one who asked if the church if the church was ever open to visitors. The effective reply, it is nice and we found some marvellous icons inside. 16thcentury apparently.
 And then there are beaches and little harbours.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Milos is hard work

We go for 7or 8 hours a day,arrive back at our studios exhausted and grubby. The first was incredibly cold and I had not taken enough warm clothes. I am learning a lot and taking a lot of photos. Only a fraction are any good.  We have visited early Christian catacombs, a Roman theatre, an open cast mine and quite enough quaint Greek fishing villages.




So there you are. The weather has got warmer and I got a bit sunburnt today. The food is excellent and I am learning a lot from the others in the group.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Athens day 2

I had a personal guided tour of Athens today starting at 1000 and ending at 1500. No lunch and we would not have had a break at all if I had not declared an immediate requirement for coffee. And all we did the Acropolis and its museum. The textiley bit comes at the end of this blog.

So firstly the Acropolis is on top of a hill and we walked up. Secondly two cruise ships were in port and the place was full of buses and their contents. I had not realised how much space there was at the top so there was lots to see. And also the top is the biggest stone mason's yard you will ever see, complete with cranes and narrow gauge railways for shunting about vast lumps of marble.


And then there are the buildings

In the museum. These are copies and then the real thing


And the Parthenon itself, full of scaffolding and cranes.

We walked down the hill past another few little temples, an odeon and a theatre to the museum. This is a magnificent modern building which holds only  items from the Acropolis

A lot of these were excavated onsite. So loads of black and red pottery because weddings were celebrated up here and offerings to the gods made. One of the startling objects on show was a pile of spindle whorls. No photos were allowed in the display of originals but I bought a postcard and then discovered the shop had life size replicas so bought five. There are going to be five lucky spinners.


There are exactly the replica designs in that pile of antiques.

The really big surprise was among the statues. You can clearly see on these which are originals that there is paint on them. A lot of work has gone into identifying the colours and retrieving the patterns and several of the statues have a copy next to them painted up as they would have been when new. The paints were minerals, lapis lazuli, cornelian and so on. So to the interesting bit. When the women are painted, they are wearing two garments. One goes to the floor and the other over the top and belted at the waist. Each garment is decorated with what could easily be an inkle or tablet woven band. The guide was not at all knowledgeable about what yarn was used. But if you told me the clothes were of fine linen with wool braids applied I would believe you. Most, well all, of my questions were unanswered. When I got back to the hotel, I could find loads of images of the painted statues on the web. There were three samples in the museum where someone had woven part of the braid but there was no sample of the background. I have found one book devoted to the museum and its contents and will get that when I get home. It is said to be prolifically illustrated. My guide said she had attended a lecture where a loom photo was shown and from her description it was a vertical loom. I am beginning to wonder if I should write to the museum curators.

After all that and walking a lot, I was very tired and returned to the hotel. It was 1530 and definitely time for lunch which was moussaka - very good - with a view of the Parthenon. I have to go to bed early because I am being collected for the airport at 0530.

Thursday, 20 April 2017


The way I can tell it is Athens, is that,if I step out on to my balcony, I can see the Acropolis in the setting sun. See below. Tomorrow I get to visit it. Tonight I am too tired to appreciate it.

Up very early this morning and off to Heathrow. It was Terminal 2which I have not visited since they rebuilt it. Very posh, it has a Heston Blumenthal restaurant, and loads of couture shops. Air Aegean was a bit disconcerting. The staff  just talked Greek. A four hour flight then 40 km into Athens which is very spread out. Apparently in the 1970s, someone put up a tower block. Everyone was horrified and it is now illegal to have more than five floors. So a very spread out city.

I have a personalised walking tour organised for tomorrow.so will report tomorrow evening.
I have worked very hard over the last few days. The Open Studios stuff is all hung up or laid out and the studio is tidy. I shall be glad when the Open Studios is over, end May. It has been a lot of work.

I have spent the last hour trying to get photos from my iPad into the blog and failing completely. It is a very new iPad and there has to be a way of doing this.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Working Hard

I leave for Greece on Thursday morning and the Open Studios starts the day after I get back. This bad piece of planning means I have to have everything ready for the Open Studios before I go. So today I warped up the Meyer 12 shaft so as to have something on a loom to show visitors. Not very exciting just some 20/2 cotton in a 3 shaft twill. All the planning was not helped by having the entire local family (10 in all) to lunch on Sunday. The big advantage is that we have enough food for the rest of the week!!!!

So have I done anything interesting. Well I have been trying to design a book cover for a rather nice unbound book I bought from a private press two years ago. It is the libretto of Duke Blue Beard's  Castle. And it has magnificent prints illustrating the text. That is part of the problem. The other is the book is a very odd size. About A3 landscape but taller and narrower. The other problem is whether there should be anything on the cover at all since it is well illustrated alreay and I could not match the style. So here are two trials, neither of which I like - or think appropriate.

Both covers are front, back and spine. There is so far no title on the spine. I do not like either. The top one is based on doors in Indian Palaces and I like it a lot less than the second one but not enough. I had hoped to submit this this summer to the Bookbinders but I am abandoning that idea. More thought and brooding is required.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Nothing on any loom

There is nothing on any of my three looms. I need to think about winding a long warp and am procrastinating. This topic seems to be everywhere this week. Tien Chui has identified procrastination as being caused by a problem which you do not want to face. Oh well! Might as well confess. The next Megado warp is 12 yards long double cloth 40 inches wide and of 2 colours in each face . But one yarn is actually a mixture of six different colours. I have not started winding a warp yet. I would like to have it done by next Thursday when I leave for a Greek island.

I am going on a photography course in Milos with Jacqui Hirst. And having two days in Athens to start. So I have spent time finding out if my camera when in Greece is covered by our household insurance. It is.

Most of my time lately has been spent getting ready for Berkshire Open Studios, sewing on labels, making cards from my linocuts, deciding what to submit for the exhibition which is at Greenham Common Art  Centre starting 29th April till May 21st. I might point out that I get back from Greece late on April 28th!
Market at Wokingham. My favorite stall

Buying apples
Signs of spring are everywhere. A baby rowan tree. Two foot now. It will be 20 foot high in a few years and covered with rowans in autumn.

Thursday, 6 April 2017


The effort put into the garden is paying off this springtime.
The front garden. The back garden is not so good but is coming on. However the auricula theatre is back in use.
And my auriculas are having problems with vine weevils. So much reading of instructions on packets.

On other fronts, I have got the fan reed piece finished and the Louet Kombo cleared for trials on velvet.

I spent some time taking 'artistic' photos of the piece. This is in an attempt to improve the photos I send in to exhibitions. The problem with fan reed piece is that it needs to be shown as a length so that warp can be seen.

Monday, 3 April 2017


A lot has happened in the last week, since I returned from India. Probably the thing that affects my life most is that my term of office (4 years)  as Guild Chairman (Weavers, Spinners and Dyers) ended on Saturday with the election of a new Chairman. So last week was spent printing off copies of reports, 2016 AGM minutes, AGM agendas and so on, not to mention writing a chairman's report to read at the AGM. This was in the morning. In the afternoon the Guild had a talk from Cally Booker (last year's Chairman of Complex Weavers). That appealed to a lot of people and she was swamped by people rushing to the front to talk to her when she stopped her talk.

Lots of other stuff got dealt with during the week. I downloaded all my photos of India and stuck them in file folders and looked them over. There were about 1050 phots when downloaded and I deleted a couple of hundred for being out of focus, spoilt by getting something else in, unfoccussed because things/people rushed across the scene. Most of the remainder are okay but need dealing with one at a time. What is interesting is that I reckon the photos of Sarojini Market are best. And this has lead me to realise that the photos I have taken of markets all over the world are best or at least the most memorable of my photos.

I remember in photos
- the market at Kyoto
- the markets at Samarkand, Istanbul, Shanghai, where few sellers had a stall  and they just spread a cloth on the tarmac. There were other markets on the Silk Route, the Fergana Valley for instance where they sold seven different qualities of sultanas
- the market in Holland where the Bosch exhibition was, notable for cheese and bread
- Lake Como
- Sarojini market

I have become expert in taking photos of people without them realising. Which has made me decide that I do not like posed photos. But I could add photos of Thomas Keating Limited where people had been told to ignore me and in any case  were too busy looking after machinery to pay any attention to what I was doing. So people going about their lives. That is an enormous discovery.

I finished my bomber jacket of blue/brown tweed and have worn it a lot. I have started on the last length of warp using the fan reed. It took me a weave of 6 inches to remember how to weave it. I must write up notes on this. Today I started in earnest again and wove about 40 cm. I should be finished this week.

I have also done a lot of gardening, weeding, tying up climbers, planting small plants. I have been hardening off some of my seedlings ready for planting out in the next few days.

Oh and I nearly forgot, since Cally was staying with us, we all went to London on Thursday and saw the Hockney retrospective at Tate Britain and the Raushenberg at Tate Modern. Big argument about the Raushenberg. The others thought he was terrible but I am not so sure. It is so different from Hockney that doing them on the same day was a mistake. I wonder what everyone would have thought if we had done the Hockney second.

No photos today! But I will take some in the garden tomorrow. It is looking good.


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Sarojini Market

I referred to Sarojini Market in my last post but did not add any photos so here they are.

I went up to Birmingham on Sunday to teach screen printing to Bookbinders. The class was held in the Midlands Arts Centre which was heaving. There is a large park, a large café, two or three art exhibitions, classes on everywhere. The one in the room opposite was Life drawing. And families everywhere. Quite a place. The draw back is that hiring a room for a class is very expensive and I doubt if we will go there again. Nevertheless nice. Oh and the class went off well.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

A screen printing class

We got back from India on Monday evening and have endured four days of jet lag. I feel better today although I have run a screen printing course for bookbinders in Birmingham today. I have dropped in to Anne this evening and will drive home tomorrow. I tried to teach too many techniques today. I should have put all the materials for one technique into one crate. The students must have thought I was mad because I seem to spend a lot of time looking for things. Organisation was needed.

Going back to Delhi, we spent Sunday first at the Museum of Modern Art which was very good. No nonsense about Hockney or Warhol as in Japan, just lots of great Indian paintings. Then. Dorothy took me to Sarojini Market. Which was great. I took a t of photographs and I think they are the most interesting of the trip.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

India 19/03/17

This blog contains nothing about textiles but is about my family history. So you have been warned.

Life has been hectic for the last two days. Yesterday we walked up to the Mall from our hotel in Shimla. In theory it is flat. In practise that is a euphemism for not so mountainous as elsewhere. A mile walk took 40 minutes rather than 20 and we actually walked 4.6 miles and up more flights of stairs in the Municipal offices. In other words Shimla suffers from a serious case of verticality. For instance, a signpost says Police Station  and points uphill but the signpost says, not miles but 160 steps!!!

The reason why we were in the Muncipal offices was that my family lived in India since the Mutiny and ended up owning a house in Shimla. My granny lived there along with her two sisters in the 1940s and we used to visit in the summer time. I knew what it looked like and that it was on Jakhu Peak. I thought that, with an owner's name, someone might be able to identify the house. I did not expect that the house would still exist since there was a lot of land round the house and there are blocks of flats everywhere in Shimla. So we set about the Council offices which consists of half a dozen blocks of four storeys and we first looked for the planning department who sent us to the Deputy Mayor's building where someone sent us the Commissioner (MC) - top floor on another block. They do not believe in lifts! At this point, our luck turned. The commissioner could not help us but he had a friend who could and rang him up. I had a long talk to him and really he could not help without a house name or number. Which we did not know. So I thanked every one and one of the assistants followed me and said that I was wrong about the house being knocked down because a conservation order had been slapped on Jakhu in the 1940s and it was not allowed to knock any building down. Why did I not go and look?

In the afternoon, we got a car and driver from the hotel and found what we think is it. See below.
So two happy bunnies! But the drive round Jakhu was horrendous. Zigzag roads which needed a three point turn at every bend.

There was a catch to the day. We had flown from Delhi to Chandigarh and that airport had closed the airport on Sunday and our flight was cancelled. Great kafuffle with Cox and Kings and we ended up with air tickets for today instead of tomorrow and now have an extra day in Delhi on Sunday. We are now back in the Leela Palace. Fortunately we had done the most important things in Shimla and can do the rest by email.

The weather was beautiful coming down from the mountains and I got a lot of photos see below.
It is the white one.

The landscape round Shimla.

Friday, 17 March 2017

India 17/03/17

Yesterday was spent getting from Delhi to Shimla which is in the mountains at 7000 ft. So  taxi toairport, plane to Chandigarh (so far so good), car to Shimla, afourhour drive . It was motorway for the first 30 minutes then a two lane road which is being upgraded to a four lane highway all while there are cars, lorries and motorbikes trying to get somewhere. A nightmare but our driver did not seem concerned. We stopped for lunch and had very good vegetable curries. It cost £8 between  the two of us! I

The hills are incredibly steep. I took a lot of photos but it was raining and there was a lot of distortion. The best are below. We are staying in the Oberon Cecil which is 150 years old though it seems very modern so I guess it has been rebuilt. Very posh. The staff are a bit snooty whereas the Leela Palace in Delhi which is just as grand had very friendly staff.   It cannot be that we arescruffily dressed because the rest of the guests are just the same as us.  Anyway they have given us a suite which consists two large rooms and several minor ones. The devastation on the bed has to be seen to be believable see below.

Today we are off to see if we can track down our family home.


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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.