Monday, 20 January 2020

Cars, illness and the Megado

I have been ill which as removed two weeks of my life - generalised bug going about according to my GP. And the car behaved very badly and had to be taken into the nearest garage where they changed the spark plugs but aroused alarm and despondency by saying you must take it into the nearest Ford garage because we think your (automatic) gearbox may need replacing. so I was in fear and  trepidation about the bill. However when the car was collected, the service man said `Oh that`s a common fault with Bmaxes, no trouble at all to fix`. It was delivered back at 1600 hours with a bill for £105.00. Was I relieved!!!!! Since then I have driven to Malvern and back and it ran without any funny behaviour, and very smoothly as it usually is.

What that, being ill and trying deliver all the text for the new website, there has not been much time for anything although I did go to a Linocut class and start on a new project - a row of beach huts on the Dorset coast. I have however tied on the Megado double warp and it is ready for weaving which I hope to start tomorrow. I also took the Megado`s photo for the website. It is so big it has always been difficult to photograph but this time I needed the photo so I stood on chairs, knelt on chairs, moved furniture and yarn and achieved one in the end (see below) It is not wonderful but it will do.
And just to keep you up to date, a photo of Jerry and me in our garden



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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.