Sunday, 8 January 2017


I think it was Kipling who said 'In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.' I feel a bit like that. I gave a half day course on concertina books yesterday and felt I was only a step in front of the students. In addition I am giving a day's course to bookbinders, making your own endpapers on which I spent the whole of today in preparation.

Originally the course was on screenprinting endpapers but I reckon there is about two hours in the that. So we will be doing wood block printing and transfer dyesas well as stencilling/screenprinting/thermofaxing on both paper and fabric. To which end I have spent today producing lots of samples for the class. I am very pleased with a lot of them but need to write up notes so I take the right things to the class.

I did take some photos of sheets I would be happy to use myself. The criterion is can I bear to give the sheet away?
 Here are a few samples.

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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.