Wednesday, 13 August 2014

RICHTER Stained Glass windows

Gerhard Richter designed some gorgeous stained glass windows for Koln cathedral and these served as inspiration for some work done this year by Kennet Valley Guild of WSD. Everyone took part, spinners, dyers, embroiderers, weavers, knitters and everyone made at least one six inch square which was mounted on heavy card and then they were fixed to a black felt backing using Velcro. All the parts have been in my house for me to adding strengthening tape down the edges of the two big sheets of felt which hold 36 squares. I had already done the four little ones which hold 12 each. The point about the whole shebang is that every time it is put up you get a different appearance by mixing and matching the squares. I have to emphasise that my contribution was two squares and a bit of machine stitching and that an enormous number of people worked on this. The project was led by Rosie Price (who is a nutcase about Richter anyway).
A hanging with 36 squares

A hanging with 12 squares
All very colourful and a showcase of methods. I took a lot of photos and it all took a long time, crawling round the floor, sticking the squares onto the felt backing, standing back and saying to myself, 'I don't like that much and changing it all again!
The fabric for the Small Newbury Coat is dry and has been pressed. I have put on the warp for the Hana-ori. I will start on the threading up later today.

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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.