Sunday, 26 September 2010

More on Arabesques

On the right is the same shape as shown in a previous post but done in a striped fabric. On the left, a better arabesque using a space dyed orange, yellow and brown cotton fabric as base with red fabric applied and a space dyed thread, rather thick, sewn on as well. I do not think patterned fabrics should be used nor space dyed threads!!

Clearly more experimenting is needed. But I like this shape of arabesque.

What has become obvious is that I prefer clear-cut shapes rather than tufty textures. The arabesques are a bit difficult because they have some thin bits which are difficult to manage. And I am not good at applying thick threads using them in the bobbin and sewing from the back of the fabric.

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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.