Friday, 6 September 2013

Working Hard

I managed to complete the third scarf and cut it off this morning. I wove in all the odd yarn ends but need to do the fringe on this one. That's a job for watching the TV to. I have left the warp on the Voyager as I intend to tie on another warp on Monday.

I have spent the rest of morning dealing with paperwork for the Kennet Valley Guild meeting tomorrow. Now I must go and practise winding a warp using a paddle because Rosie and I are going to demo this technique tomorrow. She pointed out that doing a practice warp would be a good way of emptying filled pirns and bobbins and I have looked out lots. Next Saturday the Guild weavers are all preparing ikat warps and having one wound ready to demo on will save a lot of time.

Above is a warthog, my favorite animal in Africa. They are very shy and this photo was taken with maximum magnification. He must have been 80 metres away. My question is how come, if I can take decent photos of warthogs, leopards and hyenas, not to mention lions, did I fail to take any decent photos of birds in Africa. So I started by buying a book on Photographing Birds on Tuesday and bought a new camera on Wednesday. The recovery time on the old Canon was 1.3 seconds. The new Sony takes 10 per second. So I am going to start, as the book recommends, which is sit in the garden quietly and practise. Watch this blog!!

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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.