Sunday, 16 January 2011

Summer and Winter At Last

I have cut off the Summer and Winter warp today and tidied up all the ends. Apart from the first section which is a series of samples in Summer and Winter, there are three separate towel lengths and two sections each about 12 inches long. Recall that the warp is plain blue over 60% of the width and striped for the rest.
The first one is the least successful towel (Flowers and Leaves). Don't like. It might have worked on 32 shafts but 8 is too few to give nice curved edges.

This one is much nicer (Mughal Windows).

And this is the nicest (Random A) - well, the most to my taste. The draft for Random B was the one that reminded me of 1980s Space Invaders. I erased that one.

I think the reason the last two work is that there is no call for curved edges.

The two 12 inch lengths were of trees, one with a white/pink/green tree and one with a dark green tree. The first is okay but the striped bit of the warp is a bit useless. In the second, the weft green is too near the warp blue in tone.  Both are no good, as they stand, for the Leek exhibition. I need to cut them apart and re-assemble them to make use of them.  I might do that in Photoshop before setting out with scissors.

One thing though, I now have three nice sized kitchen towels. in cottolin. They are 15 by 30 inches. Previous towels have been too small!!!

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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.