Tuesday 23 March 2010

Dealing with'Reflections'

I tried out strengthening 'Reflections' this morning. I cut a rectangle from the original 1 metre  sample and used Bondaweb to apply a piece of nylon organza to the silk. The purpley weave folded over on the left is the fabric front while the blue stuff on the right is lined with organza. It works! It makes the material stiffer without affecting the colour of the fabric at all. I will  now apply a strip of organza to the top edge of the fabric and fold it over to make a deep seam which will hold the rod to support the entire fabric. Originally I was going to apply a sleeve but, after discussion with my sister, Dorothy, the deep hem solution seemed best. The organza came from Dorothy. Very useful having a sister like her. You should see her workroom. There are shelves contains boxes full of fabric to the ceiling. And everything is labelled with the type and colour of fabric in the box.

The enamels project progresses and I have found two more crossing threads. Michael has painted a picture for me using gouache on mount board and based on the motifs and colours of the enamels. This will be cut up into 70 mm squares (the size of the enamels) and used to weave a complete replica. I will start on that after lunch.

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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.