Thursday, 8 August 2013

More on the Summer School

Yesterday we had a half day off and most people went to see the Welsh National Woollen Mill. Debbie and I went to the Botanic Gardens instead. It had rained hard on Sunday but was bright and sunny yesterday and we enjoyed the walled garden, the photographic exhibition and the dome. But we enjoyed the tree trunks most.

This is one of the seven or eight tree trunks. One of them had small children climbing on it. They were all immense and seem to be African. Each had an informative plaque telling the name, locale and uses but there was no overall explanation of why they were there. Anyway wonderful.

Everyone seems to be progressing steadily. I have about run out of things to do and I think I will weave a scarf tomorrow on the grounds that I might as well do something useful. Others are weaving damask linen, making bags, weaving on Inkle looms. This evening there was a Silent Auction at which I acquired a nice book on Art Deco textiles.

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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.