Wednesday 5 June 2013

Minfeng 22/05/13

Today was spent in a bus driving from Minfeng to Ruoquiang, still on the southern Silk Route. We had an abortive visit to an ancient and a museum, both of which were very shut. We had lunch in an oasis, a dead end place where everything was derelict and dusty. And then we ran into a sand storm where visibility was reduced to a few metres and the bus crawled along in convoy. We arrived about 8pm to an extraordinarily grand hotel in a place which was another dusty oasis of 50,000 people. Personally I am off buses and we have another three days of long distance driving.

The lunch oasis.

Very long lived trees which are resistant to drought, a form of poplar.

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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.