Monday 15 June 2015

Railway Stations

I am sitting on Great Malvern railway station at 7 am, (high Victorian, brightly painted wrought iron platform) and listening to the announcer, I was close to tears. The familiar roll call of .Cotswold stations, Pershore (farms selling plums), Evesham (farms selling asparagus, the river, two spectacular large churches), Honeybourne ( a friend who raises irises), Moreton-in-Marsh(good pub lunches) and so on to Oxford which is not in the Cotswolds. I am leaving a life behind here.

I am off to London to see an exhibition at Tate Modern, Sonia deLaunay, whom I think highly of and then to Handweavers Studio - just checking on their stock, you understand.

I attended a two day class over the weekend where we did dyeing with an expert, Martin Weatherhead, and all came home with samples of colour ranges. Most of us also took home some of our own yarn dyed to match a colour. I have five skeins of fine merino died a rich chestnut brown. I have a scarf in mind, twill variations.

The rest of this week looks free so that I should get the blue and brown tweed finished and then the red velvet jacket made

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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.