Monday, 1 February 2016


I have been busy but do not seem to have a lot to show for it. The Bible is very nearly finished

Here it is. Pages repaired A very secure fixing of the covers to the text involving the use of some stout linen as a hinge. The spine is ready to have buckram attached and then the old spine will be done. It should be finished today. The covers were dyed with drak brown leather dye and then polished with beeswax. Also done is a very odd little book.

I was given the book with its Fair Isle knitted covering by a friend and decided to make it into a needlebook which I need. So the pages are of felt and they are sown together like a paper book. The spine is just as normal for a paper hardback. But all rather satisfactory.

I have just inspected my diary and realised that I have a little more than a week to prepare a talk. So I will be doing that for the rest of the day.

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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.