Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Castlemorton Common - weaving in progress

I have never before woven two warps on a loom at the same time. It takes some getting used to. What you see in the photo is the top section of 'The Malvern Hills from Castlemorton Common - Winter' on the left and Autumn on the right. The foreground of grass and shrubby bits is wound on and not visible. The selvedges are not perfect because of the great range of yarn thickness I have been using and I may have to back the edges with tape. Every shoe box in the stash with little bits of yarn in it is strewn round the studio while I rummage for the next wanted colour. The rather nice space dyed yarn on the hills in Autumn is intended for autumn bracken and the yarn was dyed by Sarah Cage of the Midlands Textile Forum. I have a huge range of blue yarns all dyed by me but I do not seem to have been so enthusiastic about green because there is not much . I am well on the way with Spring and Summer. When they are all off the loom they will all be stencilled with a picture (drawn by me) of the pollarded black poplars. I don't often do 'designing on the loom' but it's quite fun.
The next job in bookbinding is to finish the Jules Verne volumes. I did a cased-in book recently (which I haven't done for some time) and decided I needed to do another one to practise before setting out on the Jules Verne - and the above is it. The fabric is printed cotton from one of my favourite shops - Abigail's Crafts in Stonehouse and the endpapers are from a sheet of marbled paper done by Michael some years ago.

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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.