Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Blanket Washing

It took all day to mend the ends and plait the fringes. I ended up washing it from 8 o'clock onwards. It took about 50 minutes.
This strange photo is the blanket in the bath with my feet having a rest from pounding up and down. And this is the second go. The first lot of water was even dirtier. I use Woolite. It needed four rinses at the end. Stamping up and down took 17 minutes. When I was handling it, bits of the blanket were definitely greasy. Until it is dry, I will not know whether I have got rid of all the grease. Oddly enough the blanket does seem brighter but it is still wet. 

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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.