Friday, 23 August 2019


It is five years since we last rented this house. We have done it five times since the start which was 2000. Interesting that there is a full family turnout. Even one grandson,currently working in Australia has returned to be with us. So there is a fair assortment of cousins.

Today is my turn to cook and, by request it is French fish soup.A lot of work for 13 people. Work is dished out equally. This means some days you can do what you like and just sit down to supper! On Wednesday we made a much longed for trip north to the viaduct de Millau. We extensively patronisedthe service station at the north end where there is a good viewing platform. The station also includes a fine cafe and a deli!

The point of the visit was photography. The views that I could get were not the best I could imagine. I reckon the best place was in a helicopter down the valley about level with the road!

Wednesday, 14 August 2019


I have completed a couple of weeks o bookbinding. Not bad considering how long since I did any. Firstly I repaired a favorite thriller. The cover was completely detached and I had lost the spine cover. End result was this.

So that was easy. The next one not so. I bought the text-block of 'Peter Pan' from Volcano Arts and it was pretty well a miniature book with dimensions of 3 by 4 inches but very thick. So much so that it was 6 cm at the spine when sewn along the spine and 4 cm on the fore-edge. 24 hours in a book press sorted that out. The cover was a design by me and printed on linen cloth.

Now I have moved on to weaving although I am off to France in a day or two so should be packing!

Friday, 2 August 2019

A Small Tablecloth

Not sure I like it. And not my best bit of weaving. I washed it in the 30 minute cycle and something has shrunk. The brown yarn is cottolin and so is the blue. The green is cotton. Oh well, I did wonder whether I should wash before the exhibition but it will have to be washed in its lifetime anyway.

The other two lengths of fabrics have been found and their ends sorted out. All forms have been filled out and entries parcelled up to hand over tomorrow. And I have done the accounts for the last two months. I got a bit confused over the accounts when I was out of action for three months. Now I am completely up to date, paid various bills and generally tidied up.

I also found the next warp for the Schacht and have cleaned up the studio, ready to start the next weaving project.  But also I have investigated what books need binding, have put them in order of priority and started on one. This is a decayed paperback which I do not want to throw out and so have started to rebind it as a hardback. Rather a lot  of waiting about so have done yet more tidying up.


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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.