Tuesday, 17 December 2013


This is the Convergence yardage on the loom. Sage green silk warp (90/2) with two colours, natural and brown, of silk noil in the weft and yes the draft was designed to have wiggly lines. Here is a blown up version.

If this were being submitted in the United Kingdom, I would call it 'Weston Super Mare' but that would mean nothing to non-UK resident. So I might call it 'Ripples on the MudBank' but that does not sound very attractive. The title for Convergence Yardage is 'Ebb and Flow'.

I have taken photos of my poor eucalyptus which is leaning over alarmingly. I have had a letter from the Malvern Hills District Council saying my request to have it down has gone to the Planning Committee and I will hear the result on 13th January. I just hope it does not come down by itself before then. My trouble is that this is a Conservation Area and the tree is a very big one. The whole of the lowest three feet of the trunk is rotten. I am sad. It was Michael's tree planted 25 years ago. He decided he wanted a particular eucalyptus in that site - a Snow Gum - and we made two visits to Wisley to inspect their collection of eucalyptus trees before a Command Decision was made as to which species to buy. The tree surgeon says it has honey fungus so I will not plant another tree there.

Still we have an even older tree which was his. When we moved into this house 30 odd years ago, my daughter, Ruth, gave Michael a birthday present of a Picea Breweriana = Brewer's Weeping Spruce. It was two foot high and just sat there for three or four years not doing anything which was very worrying. Then it got going. It is now 20 foot high and beautifully shaped. 

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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.