I have written here about the difficulties in filling in the Complex Weavers form for their 40th birthday. I said a double weave Biederwand but have spent hours on it and every time, when I got to a final draft, I had to say 'That won't work' and discard it. Yesterday I set to, starting with Fibreworks and drafting the two fabrics. I then drew the two outlines on graph paper, cut out the two bits and shuffled them about, in the process learning a great deal about what would work and what would not.
I then had a better idea. I printed out both drafts on the same scale and scanned them into Photoshop. Then I pulled and pushed and reorganised.
I walked by the canal yesterday which was frozen solid, a two inch coating of ice everywhere. Even in deep enough puddles.
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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.