Thursday, 1 March 2018

Snowed In

On Sunday I drove to Leicester to hand over the AVL warping wheel and got caught in a blizzard coming home on the A34. Very nasty. Sort of brown fog. So thick I could not see the car head-lights on the other carriageway. On Monday I drove to Stratford by way of Newent (north of Gloucester). On Tuesday I only drove to Wokingham which is 30 minutes away. On Wednesday I was due to drive to Marlborough but took one look at the snow and cancelled. It is even thicker this morning and more is forecast for this morning. Looking at the weather forecasts, that is it, I am staying inside until Sunday possibly Monday.

So yesterday, I spent the whole day bookbinding and finished off The Illustrated Man. Cover is below.

I had trouble selecting the endpapers and in the end used the background to the lettering on the cover

I need to write this up. Next today is to finish the binding of a copy of 1860 Mother Goose. The text block is sewn and the endpapers applied. I found, in the stash, some rather nice endpapers to use, 1930s I guess. And the cover is ready so that is today's job. I might even get some weaving done.

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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.