Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Preparing for an Exhibition

The Midlands Textile Forum is having an Exhibition, 'Inspired by FLORA' in Leek Museum starting in September. Ages ago I cheerfully promised five items. I thought, now that the Newbury Coat is behind us', that I had better check the paperwork and  found the closing date is this Friday! This does not mean delivering the items but supplying dimensions, photos and an entry form and fee.

I had two pieces of woven fabric I wanted to use and a plan for what to do. On the left is one of the two pieces using  Diversified Plain Weave (DPW) fabric.

And here the second DPW one.

The other three were okay, in a sense, I had been asked to put the lengths of silk woven for Conference last year. I have since turned one length into a wrap (very nice too) and I did not think that they fitted the theme. So I withdrew them but did leave in 'Autumn Leaves', the devore merino and tencel scarf which you can see here.

So everything is done and the paperwork dealt with. I would show you me wearing the nice wrap but I have not taken a photo yet.

My sister, Dorothy, is staying with me and yesterday I took her to Claverton Manor, the American Museum in Bath. She was very taken with it and enjoyed looking at the period rooms. There is  special Exhibition about Marilyn Monroe with lots of her film dresses. The red sequinned one is there which she wore in 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'. And a lot of others I recognised. She was tiny!! And had a very unhappy life.

In all this activity, I have pruned the apple and pear cordons and the redcurrant. I would like to do the peach tree today as I need to go up a ladder and I prefer to do that with someone else here.

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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.