Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Mary Jarvis gave me a skein of white yarn - I thought it was silk at first but, no, it is mercerised cotton. It is also 4-ply. I space dyed it brown and red using Procion MX and it has come out a magnificent mixture of colours - various shades of brown and pinks and a little red. I think I am going to base a large length of material on this.  But I will need a lot more yarn. Mary, where did you get it from? 

I took Michael to Droitwich Hobbycrafts yesterday stocking up on essentials like double-sided sellotape and school PVA and had a look at their dyes and bought some fabric dye pens by Dylon. These look like felt-tipped pens and can used the same way. So I spent some time last night adding to my disperse dyed paisley patterns. They need to be ironed today to set the dye. The purple skeins have been wound off  and are ready to be warped up - when I have five minutes to spare!

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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.