Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Wokefield Park

I see it is a week since I last wrote something in this blog. I have been to our Guild residential weekend. We had four tutors Lorraine MacClean (Experimental Knitting), Pat Johns (Tapestry), Shirley Berlin (Braids) and Margaret Roach Wheeler (Weaving). I took the weaving class

Here you see some of the weaving class's samples. These are designs using Summer and Winter but with designs taken from Native American Quillwork and Beadwork. I got very tied up with a lovely one based on feathers. In the end I abandoned it! I may have another try in a few days but I have mentally designed a top with the rest of the warp and need to check how much material I need for that.

Wokefield Park is a Conference Centre, complete with swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi and gym.  I know of no-one who used the gym but the pool was well paronised.

Everyone seemed very happy and all classes did a lot of work. We spent an hour last thing on Sunday afternoon going round the other classes to see what they had done. Which was a lot.

Margaret took the night sleeper from London to Aberdeen to visit a friend and the Aberdeen Museum which has holdings of Native American textiles. Then she has two days in the British Museum before flying home.

Being a glutton for punishment, I am attending a course with Gill Arnold on fitting dress patterns. On Friday 14th, I am going up to Mansfield with a friend to see the Association's Exhibition. I have seen two lots of photos and the standard looks very high.

But I admit to looking forward to next weekend when I propose to be a cabbage.

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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.