Monday, 11 June 2012

Back from Cornwall

We went down to Cornwall for a week over half term. A National Trust 'cottage' which was actually one wing of a very large house on the South Coast of Cornwall with a spectacular view of Helston creek. But it rained rather a lot - and there was no mobile signal or internet. Anne, my daughter, and I were very distraught!! But I did some useful work.

I intend to make some slipcases, starting with one for Coles Funny Picture Book and then one for 20,000 leagues under the Sea. So I took all four books on bookbinding I own and read the sections on slipcases and boxes. Two of them were useless, one was so-so and one was excellent - now I know what to do.

The other jobs were weaving drafts. I have long intended to see if I could recreate some Japanese weaving, namely hana-ori from Okinawa and donsu.
This is a photo of the piece of hana-ori I bought in Okinawa. I did see hana-ori being woven on a two shaft loom with a drawloom-like structure (rather crude). But I have seen photos of hana-ori being woven on a lot of shafts so I settled down to see if I could do the same patterns on the Megado with 32 shafts. I have to report that it can be done!

Here is a draft of one section from the original. I have created the other section too.  One slight problem is that I am not at sure what yarn has been used. It might be a hemp warp and a cotton (much thicker) weft. So I will count epi and use a fine linen as the warp. 

The next project was donsu. This is based on satin and the photo shows three samples from Japan. 

I chose an 8 end satin on 32 shafts and this was as good as I could get. The originals, I suspect, are either woven on a drawloom or on a Jacquard loom. I have another design which is of a flaming pearl, a traditional Japanese motif. I can use the same warp for both designs and will use gold paper yarn as the weft. The repeat will be only half an inch.

So the Megado is going to be busy and I still have several yards of Diversified Plan Weave on it to weave!!

I still have to discourse on the course on Creative Development but I thought a few pictures would brighten the day.

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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.