Tuesday, 8 May 2012


I see that I have not blogged for a long time blame the virus that struck me down and left me with five days of high temperature, soaking sheets and semi delirious words and images swirling round my brain. I did not tell my daughter for some days that I waILifell. When she found out, I was driven over to Leamington Spa and. Installed in the spare room with drinks et cetera. I am now on the mend though just about everything has been is on hold. No photos although there are some but I am working on Anne's iPad. Last Tuesday, I went to St Martins in the Bullring, Birmingham where the Midlands Textile Forum has an ongoing exhibition.The Visitors Book makes interesting reading because it is in a variety of languages. I coul identify French and Spain okay but there was some cursive writing Hindi perhaps. The point of my visit was to run an afternoon of Meet the Artist and demo to the public. I decided not to take a loom but take a lot of braid and take my well used kumihimo square. You can imagine my horror when I realised that I was expected to run a class of braiding. Well, I managed to teach those who turned up, five of them. I slept all th way home on the train. What else. I have used Chris Wright's loom to warp up with white 120/2 silk. I have created a network draft on 8 shafts. And wove a a first sample which is not balanced so I resleyed from 70 epi to 60 epi. The piece has to fit into a six inch ring. It is for the UK Association of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. exhibition later this summer. On the house front, the windows are progressing well and the work should be finished next week. There is a lot of decorating and making good to be done

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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.