Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Newbury Coat Sample

Monday morning I wove the rest of the sample for the Newbury Coat. All the ends are the 'not-yet sewn-in' tails from broken warp threads. Quite depressing although the selvedges are good. I will sit down and weave in all the ends tomorrow night when my daughter is here.

Weaving this sample has proved useful in that we have come up with more actions/checking/rules which will need to be followed on June 25/26th. It took me 2.5 hours to weave about 30 inches which is far too slow so we must have no broken ends and also get the yarn spun such that we can use 8 epi. I had to use 16 epi because the yarn was much thinner than expected. We could double up the yarn.

I suddenly remembered yesterday that the editor of the Shuttle (me) needed to get the file in to the printers this week so panic ensued as I pestered people for input. Everyone was very good and I am only lacking one article which is due on Friday. Everything else is ready except for the photos and I can see to those this evening. I have all the photos. I just need to select what I am going to use and put captions on. Heaves sigh of relief.

The computers need looking at today so that has take priority but I will wind a warp for Woven Shibori first. After all it is just 7 am. I will start on the machines after breakfast.

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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.