Sunday, 22 December 2013

Something for your stocking

At the last Guild meeting, a member, Lesley Dunn, produced a book she had borrowed, 'Miniature Overshot'. A quick flick told me that this was worth buying and so I did. I have just finished reading it. Amazing! Marvellously interesting! All weavers should have one! Miss Bertha Hayes invented her own designs around the 1940s and kept meticulous records along with samples. Apart from an incredibly interesting history, there are copies of her records together with computer generated drafts from the records. The patterns are great. A lot of them are name drafts but some are based on current topics of interest. For instance, there is one called 'Bomber Flight' and there they are, though they look more like Vulcans than Lancasters. I must definitely do that one. If someone gives you a token for Christmas, spend on this book. A wonderful piece of work by the dedicated weavers who put together all the data.

And on the subject of Vulcans, I am reminded of the phrase 'VOG. Stand by your benches'. In the UK, this was used for years after the Vulcans went to the great airport in the sky. Somewhat equivalent to 'Houston, we have a problem.'

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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.