Monday, 7 January 2013

So Much For Textile Work

This is a needlecase made out of a scrap of left over weaving - by Cally Booker. I had not thought of using up scraps like that. A good idea, especially for selling at exhibitions.

On Saturday I agreed to provide drafts of various items, scarves, cushions and on Sunday I spent all day looking for said drafts. In particular, I was not expecting to find anything about the cushion as I made them years ago for my sister. But I did find the data, type of yarn, sett, what weight of yarn needed etcetera. And dated September 1982. 30 years old. Dorothy says they are holding up well. They look okay to me.

The warp is horizontal in the photo. The back is plain and the front has two blue and white boucle stripes. The first and last are woven with the back forward and then the body of the cushion is woven with a gap along the lower edge. You create fringes when it comes off the loom, sew Velcro to the insides of the side opening, push in a cushion and there you are.

I am having trouble with getting Google to deal with photos and I suspect that there is a photo of Cally's weaving - but I can't see it. I hope other people can see it.

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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.