Wednesday, 17 July 2013

MTF at Redditch

What with my trip to the Silk Route and the subsequent shenanigans with computers, I missed seeing the Midlands Textile Forum exhibition at Craven Arms. The current one is at the Needle Forge Museum at Redditch and comes down next Sunday. So I visited it yesterday. I thought it was the best exhibition yet. A very high standard of work. A few samples are shown below.
Brenda Marshall (zoom in)

Ann Brammer

Jenny Beasley

It is a bit invidious to select these three since all the rest were high class too.

Yesterday I did more tidying up and pressed all the woven fabric and lined it with fusible lining. My grand-daughter has come to stay and the first thing we did on arrival was to shift Dennis Walker's loom into the garage so that I can work on the big table. I still have to make a toile for the jacket and that will be done 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.