Wednesday, 11 May 2016


I had a student here yesterday to learn about drafts and, while everything went well, I woke up this morning speechless. This does happen to me although it has not happened for a year or two. Anyway it is pouring with rain, rather chilly and I do not feel 100%. So I am not going out to my music class. Anyway the Motorway has been closed because of an accident and Reading is gridlocked.

This morning, speechless as I was, I wrote an article to be submitted to Yarnmaker and tidied up weaving samples. Recently I shoved all big weaving samples in a cupboard and pushed hard to shut the doors. Yesterday I wanted to show some of these to the student and left the mess on the floor until she left. Then I had an inspection and was quite frankly shocked. So I sorted the samples out into things which could be sold (scarves, table mats, runners, bags), things I wanted to keep as samples and things I have to take action on. Probably the biggest shock was the discovery of two lengths of woollen fabric. One is quite thick but very colourful and has been hemmed and put on the dining table. The second is five yards of 40 inch wide fabric in blue and brown fine wool. This I have no memory of at all. Clearly woven on the Megado. It will make a nice jacket. Add to that unfinished scarves and several sets of place mats! Oh well. Lots of odd jobs to be done.

Set of overshot placemats from 1986!!

Five yards of brown/blue fine wool fabric

Lots of wool fabric. I cannot think why I wove this. There is about 4 yards of it and it is too thick to be made into clothing. I do not need any more cushions.

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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.