I am getting through the list. The Colour and Weave course was held over last weekend and the worst bit was towards the end when I tried to sort out the order in which students would do the remaining samples - it was a round robin. I nearly got it right but not quite as some poor students are having to do one more next Saturday. The only other thing of especial note was the number of cakes brought by students. I particularly liked the gingerbread with lemon icing. We held this two day course at the National Needlework Archive who were having an exhibition of work done by their volunteers. All I can say is that their vounteers must all have submitted portfolios to be allowed to work there. Startling good both from the point of view of technique and from design. I fell in love with a miniature Hat Shop. I think if the course had been three days long I might have resorted to theft.
The weather has been good enough for gardening. The greenhouse plants have all been overhauled and lots of weeding done. We have a huge number of plants in flower considering what it looked like last spring. Camellias, hellebores, crocuses, irises, snowdrops, daffodils, sarcocca (a sweet smelling shrub), heathers. The tulips are showing up and the clematis are well budded. The earliest clematis looks as if it will flower next week.
I have at last started on making a bomber jacket out of the blue and brown tweed. It is at least a year since I did any dressmaking and there was a lot of unpicking. The inside does not bear examination but the outside looks good.
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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.