Friday, 17 December 2010

More on Progress

Progress is being made. I have bought a paisley pattern wood block from Rayna Gillman which I will share with my sister, Dorothy. I have space dyed the wool/silk skeins shown tied up yesterday. It has come out well except for an unexpected bit of green dye!! The skein was tied up with raffia and some of the raffia was dyed green. I assumed this was some kind of Procion dyeand would not be a problem. But I was wrong. The green is very faint and I can live with it. I have wound another set of warps and tied them together. I might get them dyed this morning and also some of the as-yet-undyed skeins. We are not off to Cheltenham Hospital until 1130 - if we're lucky. It has snowed a little and is very cold but the roads look passable. Cars are buzzing up and down the hill at their normal speeds.

I rushed out yesterday and bought cotton upholstery fabric to make up cushions for Ruth using the multicoloured warp. I have no intention of going anywhere over the weekend when it is forecast to snow like mad.  Perhaps I will manage to finish a project or two.

My problem is that I can think of attractive projects much much faster than I can carry them out. I suddenly thought of how to weave a concertina book with painted warps. It is mentally designed. And it can be done on the Kombo so I have tied on the Summer and Winter warp again and started on my S&W samples. They will not take long.

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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.