Wednesday, 1 May 2013


After a fraught journey involving Turkish Airlines losing the booking for one of the group, we made it to Istanbul and then to Tbilisi.

Western Turkey looks like Europe but Central and Eastern Cappadocia do not. Even modern houses look very different. Tbilisi looks like an industrial town in France. Lots of concrete high rise and factories. We are staying in the old town and that looks French too. Tomorrow I will report on the guided tour. I strongly suspected we are going to have lots of Byzantine frescoes and chapels in caves. And a lot of walking up and down hills. Well I did have a complete rest today.

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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.