Monday 17 April 2017

Working Hard

I leave for Greece on Thursday morning and the Open Studios starts the day after I get back. This bad piece of planning means I have to have everything ready for the Open Studios before I go. So today I warped up the Meyer 12 shaft so as to have something on a loom to show visitors. Not very exciting just some 20/2 cotton in a 3 shaft twill. All the planning was not helped by having the entire local family (10 in all) to lunch on Sunday. The big advantage is that we have enough food for the rest of the week!!!!

So have I done anything interesting. Well I have been trying to design a book cover for a rather nice unbound book I bought from a private press two years ago. It is the libretto of Duke Blue Beard's  Castle. And it has magnificent prints illustrating the text. That is part of the problem. The other is the book is a very odd size. About A3 landscape but taller and narrower. The other problem is whether there should be anything on the cover at all since it is well illustrated alreay and I could not match the style. So here are two trials, neither of which I like - or think appropriate.

Both covers are front, back and spine. There is so far no title on the spine. I do not like either. The top one is based on doors in Indian Palaces and I like it a lot less than the second one but not enough. I had hoped to submit this this summer to the Bookbinders but I am abandoning that idea. More thought and brooding is required.

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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.