Friday, 8 July 2016

Lampas again

The usual busy week but I have managed to meet all the deadlines - and weave some 12 shaft lampas.
The warp is 12/2 cotton and the weft (pinkish) is an odd skein of thick silk dyed by me. A very pleasing piece of dyeing and it goes well in the lampas. I am not sure what this length will be as I am not at all sure how much warp I have on this loom.

Last week we (Dorothy and I) made up the acid dyes (25 different colours) for the class next Sunday. Since then I have been checking out the 'Tutor brings' list and collecting tools from everywhere. This culminated this afternoon in taking three steamers to be PAT tested which is needed when you use some one else's premises. Everything is hunky-dory but I think I may have a problem getting it all into the car! And I need to wind a couple warp to demonstrate with.

This weekend will be exciting. Saturday I am off to The Royal Horticultural Society's big Show at Hampton Court Palace (Yes Henry's place) and on Sunday I meet up with the female side of the family in Bicester Village which is an outlet venue for the posh shops. I actually bought a fleece from Christian Dior there not to mention a dressing gown from Missoni! These days the place is dominated by Chinese tourists.

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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.