Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Japanese Purse

A Malvern friend has just been to Japan for four weeks to see the cherry blossom. She brought me back this purse of silk brocade from the Nishijin Textile Centre. Look at the wrapping paper! It is printed with a drawloom. And the box it came in has a very delicate design on it.

I spent a morning last week showing my collection of textiles to her grand-daughter who is doing GCSE in Textiles.  I am still not sure it helped her apart from telling er which local museums to go to. Interesting that she took at least one photo of everything I showed her.

I have nearly finished the threading up of the fan reed project. Should be wound on and tied up today. Then I have check which colour of weft I prefer.

Apart from that, the Common thinks it is spring time. The lime trees and white beams are starting to leaf. The chestnuts are practically out  and the grass is starting to grow.

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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.