Thursday, 3 March 2011


Michael has gone off to have a blood transfusion today. He was collected at 0745 so I have had the house to myself and have concentrated on book binding.

I removed the sample of the double weave book from the Kombo and re-tied the warp. Then
spent quite a lot of time experimenting with JetFX paper from ArtVanGo on scraps of woven Tencel and it works!!. The text was ironed on as shown and pieces of greyboard cut to size, inserted in the pockets formed by the double weave and I hand stitched the edges together with some of the weft thread. The weaving is done with JustOurYarns spaced dyed Tencel. Each cloth had a different colour way. The weave is a 3 and 1 broken twill. I made the two ends different to experiment. I intended to fold back the left hand end inside the pocket and stitch the end closed but that left a noticeable ridge so I am going for changing the cloth, weave 20 mm, change again for a couple of rows, hemstitch and have a small fringe. All I have to do is to decide how many pages I need to weave for the final version. I do know that I need an odd number.
I also examined 'In the Event' carefully and decided I have to go back to using Bockingford paper. As you can see, the Fabriano Academia  is all wrinkled  from the edge glued with PVA. I need to make a folding guide some how.

In between times, I finished another Morning Glory book. Nothing is ever perfect but I would be happy to see this one in an exhibition.

I have also glued endpapers on to Christmas Carol and my new Day Book.

A good day and it is only half past three!

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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.