Thursday 22 March 2018

Gloating - well just a bit

Last weekend I went to the NEC with my daughter, Ruth, and took in two Shows, Photography and Sewing. We were very abstemious in the Sewing one as we agreed we both had lengths of fabric unmade-up from two years ago. But I bought a new camera rucksack as I have acquired another Nikon plus its lenses from someone local. I did not want the camera but I did want the lenses. This time I was interested in buying yet another lens, a macro this time. Everyone at the Show agreed it was a marvellous lens but no one had it in stock so I came home and ordered it on line. It arrived yesterday. This morning I set out round the garden with the new lens to complete an exercise for the photography course. And it is a marvellous lens. It does exactly what it says on the packet. So I am chuffed to bits. And here are some results

I am having problems with my latest linocut. I prepared the artwork and was just about to start cutting when I had a nasty thought. Just exactly how did I intend to print this so I got the colours right. I spent two hours, writing out what do to  and ended up with having to cut, not one but three a4 pieces of lino. Not that anyone uses real lino. Everyone I know uses Japanese Softcut.  So on Friday I will start by printing each piece separately to look for errors and places to improve the image.

The garden is coming on nicely. The camellias and pieris are in full flower. Everything else is budding up nicely. 

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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.