Saturday, 15 July 2017

TC2 Course

It was hard work for three days, not physically but mentally. I thought I was a Photoshop expert but not for weaving. So we practiced all sorts of techniques and I am not sure I will remember them all. I have not made my mind up one way or the other about buying one. I have sent for a cost and my nephew. He is chief engineer for a group including Currys and PC World and knows about floor loading etc. My second problem is where to site it in the house and what to do about the pump. Cally Booker has her eye on the Megado so that would be its future sorted. And the TC2 could take the Megado's position. Questions are would the floor take the weight and where does the pump get sited. It must be reasonably close but not in the same room as it is noisy. There is also the small matter of the cost. My Scottish heart is jibbing a bit.

 The Tc2 in Belinda's (very nice) studio. It is the same height as I am to a cm. I am five foot five.
The weaver stands at the left.
My sample weaves. The section at the top is me practising with a three colour image.
Belinda's studio

The only thing that spoilt the course was driving back on Friday. I started from just north of Dundee at 0645 and staggered into our house at 1715. There had been road works on the M6 and I was shattered. I am too old for that kind of driving. So today I am catching up very slowly.

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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.