Monday, 11 October 2010

Acid Dyeing

I had loaded the car on Saturday with everything needed to do a day's acid dyeing plus 2 Dorothy looms with the colour gamps on them and the paraphenalia for the looms. Set out for a drive of 90 minutes to Newbury.  We put down an enormous tarpaulin to protect the hall's wooden floor and got going. It was a lovely warm day and the photo above shows some results hanging out in the car park.. There is dyed fleece, a clamped silk scarf (red and blue), a yellow and green twisted and tied silk scarf, lots of skeins in various colours and some plaited and chained warps (see below).

Everyone went off with enough material to complete several projects in the next few months. It was a lovely day and we had lunch and snacks sitting on chairs amongst the cars and strings of dripping results.

Most enjoyable. Previous such days have been held in conjunction with a guild day and have driven me demented with so many people about and worrying about dye being split. Not that we ever did get dye on the floor but this was so much more restful (for me anyway). I brought home a few pieces which will get steamed today. My daughter, Anne will be here today and I intend to have a good clear up, finish up the purple scarf and settle down to putting a ghost on the Megado's second beam and warping for the first of Pat's new approach to weaving.

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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.