Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Still in Manchester

 Apart from inspecting looms and associated cotton weaving equipment in the Museum (wonderful), we had a conducted tour of Manchester Town Hall which is an extraordinary building. Gothic/mediaeval with Victorian central heating and a set of frescos in the main hall by Ford Madox Brown.  The first photo is about the invention of the flying shuttle  which , as you can see, has flown.
The second one is about the observation of the transit of Venus in the 17th century - very topical. 

The main rooms are very richly decorated and still much in use. Of all things, the main hall with the frescos was being decorated for a regular event - a tea dance!!! I wish I had seen it.

Our guide was a Manchester girl and she clearly loved Manchester and the Town Hall. Actually that does come across quite strongly - pride in Manchester.
In the afternoon we were bussed out to Pendlebury where there is a Victorian parish church which is one of the biggest in the country - very high Anglo-Catholic but still in the C of E. Again richly decorated.

Even to the doors to the vestry.

Dinner at the Midlands Hotel was just about as richly decorated.

Today we are off to Leeds by way of Saltaire.

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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.