Saturday, 12 April 2014

Peace and Quiet

I admit to buzzing around recently, in fact , for the last four or five weeks. With the Guild AGM over and the exhibition at Nature in Art hung, I have returned to doing things for my pleasure. I have finished putting the ghost warp on the Megado and have tied on the handspun warp.
The yarn is quite variable in thickness and I hope it will be okay. Note the variable colours in the ghost warp. I decided to use up the loaded bobbins which seem to be left over from every project. I just dump them in a plastic basket and hope I can find a use for them. This was rather a good use.

I have also sorted out and  tied on the multi-coloured warp on the 12 shaft Meyer. I have woven four African trees, three of which are on display at Nature in Art and there is enough warp left for another two. I will take that loom to Nature In Art just after Easter (April 22nd to 27th ) when I am demoing weaving. I have borrowed a Guild loom to let visitors have a go. I believe we have school groups that week.

A lot of tidying up has happened and two clear shelves have appeared in the office! Unheard of. I could do with getting to that stage in the studio but it will not happen until the handspun blanket is done and the fabric for the small Newbury Coat is completed.

There has been a lot of gardening, planting vegetable plants and sowing seeds. The garden, in fact everyone's garden, is fantastic at the moment. Tomorrow I am going to Hidcote with the family to see how that is making out.

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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.