Thursday, 19 March 2015

Final Coptic Shroud

The Coptic Shroud - finally. The wool belt is stitched to the linen tunic at the back and the whole tunic is stitched down to black foamboard. At the top of the back, a piece of wood is glued into which two eye hooks have been screwed. All ready for hanging. I will deliver it on Sunday.

In fact I have managed to finish quite a bit this week. The reversible tweed warp is wound on to the Megado and I just need to tie on. The warp looks nice. It remains to be seen how many broken threads I have created. The piece of fabric woven from the Aland Islands yarn has been cut up and sewn into a jerkin. Not quite finished as I have to knit the sleeves yet. By the way, I have discovered that Aland Island sheep are Finnish Landrace sheep.

On the bookbinding front, David Copperfield has been polished with neatsfoot oil - very smelly. And I have started on binding an album, commercially made with lots of guard pages.

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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.