Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Coleus Weaving

The Coleus weaving from Sandra Rude has arrived!. It has a very nifty hanger of transparent plastic looking like an over-sized knitting needle with a knob at each end. The only problem is that the colours in the photo are not good. The light purple should be much redder. I have tried everything on the camera but don't get much change in colour balance out of it.  When we have a really sunny day, I will try again. At the moment the sky is grey and overcast.

The bookbinding classes started up again today and I had a happy afternoon. Here is Coptic book III with its enamelled covers and the paper folded ready for stitching. The paper is Lokta from the Papershed and is heavily textured on one side. Rather nice. I have become a fiend about handmade paper and buy up anything I have not tried before.

As well as the Coptic book, I folded all the sheets for Alice in Wonderland and pressed them. The templates for the sewing holes for both books are made and I might even do some of the stitching at home.

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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.