Friday, 27 May 2011

Progress - Slow

On Wednesday I was in Cambridge listening to lectures on radio-astronomy - an old friend has died and this was a celebration of his life. A long drive there and back. On Thursday I drove for five hours in getting my car to the Saab garage in Droitwich, having it serviced and MOT'd and negotiating nasty road works on both trips. Terrible waste of time.

But today I went to my class at Bourneville and peace reigned. I have done a piece based on bark and yes the piece is not rectangular.  Advice from the class was to add some beads (very small) to add texture. So I dropped into Hobbycraft on the way home. I have also started on a calico shopper for my daughter with dark purple Tall Bearded irises on both sides. Coming on nicely and I hope to do some more this evening.

The Woven Shibori Handout has been circulated and emails are coming in fast saying 'Yes please I will do the Monk's Belt'. The class is only two weeks away and my poor Voyager is in pieces while still being warped up. I thought I would be clever and shift some heddles between shafts while it was still warped up. Now I have a heap of stuff on the table. I am not decided yet whether it is less effort to try to rescue the situation without the need to warp up again or not. But it has to be done next week.

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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.