Thursday, 19 May 2011

Woven Shibori

Kennet Valley Guild is having a day on Woven Shibori in mid-June. I realised two days ago that I needed to write the handout containing drafts asap so that everyone else could warp up in time. I have bought the yarn for everyone (2/12 cotton unmercerised plain) and some participants will want to wind a warp  at the next Guild meeting which is June 4th.

So I spent Tuesday writing the handout and creating ten drafts on Fibreworks. By the end of the day I had finished the write up, printed off one copy and warped up the Voyager with four yards of yarn. I chose to do a Bronson lace version first and have used two slightly different liftplans as you can see from above. This is 20 inches long by 12 inches wide.  Now I am going to re-thread with an Overshot draft and weave two slightly different liftplans on that. Then I will tighten up the pattern threads (green above) and dye them with Procion dye. I reckon that will not take long.

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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.