Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Threading Up the Meyer Loom

It snowed seriously last night. I looked out at 7 this morning and thought 'it has snowed again' and went off to find breakfast. When I drew the curtains at 8, I was shocked to see 9 or 10 inches of snow on the patio table. So I scrubbed going to the bookbindimg class and settled down to threading up the Meyer loom. I have to report that, after yesterday's outburst from me, it all went very well. I am getting through an inch in less than an hour. There are 48 ends per inch and it is not straightforward being a four colour double weave. I have done 6 inches and that included rigging up lights, tyeing up the reed and so on. So I hope to be done by lunch tomorrow. I might do a bit more tonight - after David Attenborough's Africa which starts in a few minutes.

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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.