Saturday, 17 August 2013

Brighton Lanes

We went shopping in Brighton Lanes yesterday morning. These two needle felted and knitted people were in the cafe window where they always have newly knitted specials. I acquired various other odds and ends but the real treasure was 
a Far Eastern reed. I have seen things like this on looms in Cambodia. This one has fine carving as decoration on both sides and the original reed made of reeds! I found it in a junk shop labelled as 'wooden wall decoration £8.00'. I paid for it before I told them what it really was and they were slightly upset when I told I had got a bargain.

We set off from Brighton to Ruth's house in my car at 1400 hours. The journey takes 75 minutes but we arrived at 1730 because the police closed the M25. A nightmare journey. I am now home and have started on the last few jobs before I leave for Africa tomorrow, The first jopb was to make a list of urgent jobs and I have better make a start.

I do intend to blog while away but, as in China, there may be no access to the internet so the blog will be uploaded as and when I have a connection.

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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.