Saturday, 24 July 2010


I have woven a set of birds on the same warp as the caladium leaves. There were a lot of skipped threads due to the Megado shafts needing adjustment which has been done. Before reweaving the piece, I decided to try other wefts rather than 2/10 cotton. Above are shown four. From the top, a lurexy red thread which turned out to be space dyed with blue so the bird disappears in places. Verdict no use. Second a similar thread but is purple - not space dyed. Verdict Hmphh!. Third is a red boucle man-made yarn which is surprisingly effective. I like this. The last is a straight silver lurex. The problem with lurex is that all the weft has to be lurex (I think). The red boucle is just a small ball of yarn and is kept with other small balls. I could get two rows of birds out of it. Tomorrow I will investigate the larger cones of manmade fibre in the large boxes and see if there is anything else I could use. I am sure there is a mid-blue.

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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.