Thursday, 2 September 2010

Autumn Cyclamen

Last Friday two of the dyers expressed amazement at our cyclamen. They are the sign of autumn and they are everywhere in our garden. They seed freely and we have a wide range of leaf shapes (this is cyclamen hederifolium after all) and colours range from white and bright red.

This is a pinkish one.

And here is a pure white one.

The colchicums will be next and then the nerines. Our maples are looking as though they might change colour soon but I have seen a large ornamental maple tree down the road which has turned completely to orange-gold.

And autumn means classes start up again. Tomorrow I start on 'Creative Textiles' in Bournville (as in Chocolate town) which is in the south of Birmingham. I have collected everything on the list together. This is going to be very interesting for me.

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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.