Thursday, 6 January 2011

Summer and Winter Drafts

I finished the first kitchen towel and I am weaving this Summer and Winter pattern right now. 

I have been weaving steadily since the last post and also dreaming up further drafts I can do on the same warp. Amazing how rotten most of them were. I have got one, possibly two which are okay and which will be woven into kitchen towels. What is surprising how alike they look despite starting from something very different. They ended up looking like Space Invaders from the 1980s.

This is a reasonable draft. The next may not happen. I am not sure I like it at all and would rather repeat one done already.

I have got reasonably expert at creating and editing drafts using this weaving technique. I don't care much for any of them. This is due to
1) using up odd ends of cottolin in the stash and so the colours are not what I would use if I had a project planned from the start
2) 6 blocks is limiting. What I need for a decent pattern is the 32 shafts of the Megado.

I should get at least one more kitchen towel out of this warp after the flowers and leaves. And possibly one more. After that I am starting on a multicloth project to be turned into a book.

Tomorrow, if the snow holds off, I will go to Bourneville for a class.

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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.