Sunday, February 25, 2007
I found this picture, taken anonymously, on my camera. I don't think my prism was used to make these colours, because it is in a secret location (unintentionally). I believe these colours are from a Venetian-style mirror we have, which sports cut borders and these often create rainbows in the dining room which are fascinating.
When it snowed
I took a photo and did not get round to posting it to you. Now I look at it on my camera I think it looks a bit like a Japanese woodblock print I saw once in Liberty's in London. Lovely, it was.
That is the Christmas tree in the foreground. We thought it might survive in a pot but I think we may be proved wrong.
Well I have not blogged for a while - I've been busy weaving of course. But now there is some big loom news I couldn't bear to keep from you.
Here is a picture of my new loom and a picture of one of the metal adjusters which are a part of this loom's genius. It also has warp and cloth beams which, like Popeye, have been strengthened with iron.
This is the loom I had been looking out for these last few months. I can now weave rugs, as well as lighter fabrics. It is a bit too wide for me but maybe it is possible to weave wide without a fly shuttle device - I shall find out.
In case you are wondering, it is a Swedish countermarche, eight shaft loom. It was designed by Ulla Cyrus in the 1940s. I am currently dipping into Ulla Cyrus' book about handweaving which is proving very useful for assembling a dismantled loom. I don't think these looms are made any more, the Glimakra Standard loom is probably its closest relative. My loom is now on its third owner. It is probably getting on for sixty years old and has the appearance of having led an interesting life so far and looking forward to lots more weaving projects. I hope we shall become great friends.