Tuesday, 3 January 2012

And A Happy and Properous New Year to You All

The family have all gone home/back to work around the globe and I am staying on in Dundee with my sister, Dorothy, for a fortnight more. I spent yesterday changing heddles around on the 12 shaft loom . Very nervously done as it is a Leclerc with a tendency to deposit all the heddles on the floor. So each shaft's contents was carefully tied up before removal - and I did not have a single accident. One of the problems with Diverisfied Plain Weabve is that two thirds of the heddles have to be on Shafts 1 and 2 and so I have ended up with 220 each on those shafts. Today will be devoted to warping up. There is no incentive whatsoever to go out as it is terribly stormy. It has been quite a lot since I arrived in Dundee and I do not sleep well with bangings going on outside! All Dorothy's (very heavy) wooden chairs are strewn round the garden.

Dorothy keeps bees and the young werer all gungho to help. So this is (Left to right). Chris, middle grandson, Tom (eldest grandson), and Dorothy equipped with smoke device. Reports are that the bees are doing fine despite the rotten weather.

This is a photo of Anne's sushi prepared for our Christmas Eve dinner. We decided to have a Japanese meal and I did the main course. All went down very well.

And I have managed to get photos from my camera to Dorothy's computer and onto this blog asuccessfully!

Off to warp up now.

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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.