Sunday, 11 October 2015

Day One USA

Day 1 was a day of getting from home to here and it is high time someone developed a Startrek transporter system. I left Burghfield Common at 0830 am, left Heathrow for Dallas at 1150, arrived nine hours later, hung around for three hours waiting for a plane to Salt Lake City and got into my hotel room at 0423am UK time. Which was 0923 here time. I have been given a suite which is enormous. It consists of a lobby, a room with fridges and wardrobes in it, a room with a large bed in it and a sitting room which contains a large sofa, two armchairs, a desk, etc etc and a full width picture window. All the rooms are end to end and I make it 54 feet long and 20ft wide. The bathroom equally huge is to off to one side.

I took a photo of the lights last night seen from my room, and another this morning. They are shown below. The two daylight views are looking to the left and right. There are a lot of trees.

Today's program is a morning spent at the museum here, then a five hour bus trip into the heart of canyon land. 

I will be writing up every day, mainly because it lets my family know where I am and also because it records what I have done. I should say that I decided I had to finish winding on a warp  on the Meyer on Friday night. So it is, at least, left in a safe condition. I really believe we shall be sorted by the end of October. Look for lots of textile reports as I have deadlines looming. The Megado needs a couple of bolts but is not going to get much attention until I have finished a crucial piece on the fan reed - - and written up a lot.

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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.