Wednesday 5 June 2013


Today was a great day although Mr Visa must be wondering what I am to.! We took a taxi to the Textile Market and everyone ended up ordering a garment to wear - except Debbie who ordered two jackets and a suit. I ordered a black wool jacket lined with red brocade - very nice. I also managed to buy some braid for a jacket I will be making when I get back home. Then Debbie and I walked to a market. I don't think we ended up where we should have done because there was not a tourist in sight. What was in sight were haberdashers, fabric stalls, vegetables and fruit all mixed up and mostly on tables or on the road.

We bought some very silk and admired the peaches. Then took a taxi and walked down Nanking Road, buying scissors, knives, handmade paper and books on the way. We came across an art shop where we visited their gallery. The scroll paintings were fabulous but I would need to sell my house to buy one. Worth the visit and ended the day nicely. We got back to the hotel on foot and I did not feel tired. I tell you all I am fitter than I have been for years. The question is how to keep it up when back home.

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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.