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We had a lovely week for POS in Morag’s gorgeous Kirkside Studio. The sun shone most of the time, but even when the days started out foggy we had the pleasure of seeing the hills gradually coming into focus as the mist lifted. There were plenty of visitors, lots to chat about, many items went to new homes and I had some fun weaving on the table loom as well. I also spent a couple of mornings invigilating at the showcase exhibition at the Bield, which is another beautiful location. Altogether it was a great experience, but I ended the week completely exhausted. I actually had to retire from the scene half a day early due to migraine and missed most of Sunday.


Kirkside textile art

kirkside scarves and bags

Kirkside gable

Back to work yesterday – and mainly unwove what I attempted to weave. I seem to have forgotten how it’s done! Things going a bit more to plan today AND I swept the floor. Brownie points to me.

Exhausted…” was posted by Cally on 16 Sept 2014 at http://callybooker.co.uk

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Introducing Fresco…


Layers of colour mixed with shades of grey, inspired by graffiti on the concrete of the skatepark. I’m delighted with the way they fit right in to the city!

We took these first cushions to one of my favourite paint-peeled benches for a spot of Fresco al fresco. (We’re easily amused.)

Fresco 3

Yes, people did stop and ask, “Are you really photographing a bench?”

We said “Yes, but it’s a bench with cushions. That’s an entirely different thing.”

From a distance they look like cool urban types, but up close they are soft and fluffy as lambs.

Fresco 5

These boys and some of their cousins have already moved into Kirkside Studio ready for the Open Studios which begins tomorrow.

Fresco!” was posted by Cally on 5 Sept 2014 at http://callybooker.co.uk

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Towards the end of the summer

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And the end of the university year, so all my teaching and marking in that capacity is finally drawing to a close. This week I have demolished the last of the marking mountains and there are just a few small tasks left to do during September. In fact, those will be my last uni tasks for 2014 as I don’t start teaching again until February, having said a firm NO to another offer for the autumn. While I will miss the students I have been working with, especially the distance learners, I am looking forward to a period of juggling fewer things. At least, I would be if I really believed that was going to happen! Let’s wait and see. My hope is for an autumn/winter season truly focused on my weaving practice.

I have a whole lot on the loom still to be woven, but much of the 4CDW fabric is now on the cutting table.

sewing wool fabric

The Perthshire Open Studios Showcase exhibition is now open at the Bield: all the details are here.

And the lavender is covered in bees. I counted ten when I took the picture, although in it I can only see one clearly. They’re there, honest.

bees on lavender

Towards the end of the summer” was posted by Cally on 31 Aug 2014 at http://callybooker.co.uk

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As I mentioned, I’ve had a few skipped threads on the lower layer of the 4CDW where I have failed to spot a sticky warp end in the shed. Today I have been hunting them down.

4CDW before repair

At the point marked with the pin that orange weft should have passed under the purple warp end (well, strictly speaking, over rather than under because this was the back of the cloth when it was on the loom). Because of the frequent layer exchanges in this pattern, it is much easier to graft in a new piece of warp rather than a new piece of weft.

4CDW after repair

So I have been darning in little pieces of yarn like this. The beauty of wool is that, once this is fulled, the repair will be completely invisible. I don’t even need to cut out the ‘wrong’ piece. What a wonderful fibre!

I’ve spotted about half a dozen of these in the 3 metre piece I cut off the other day. I’ve prevented at least ten times as many during the weaving process, which is not especially speedy! But I do love the colour blends and patterns taking shape as I weave, so I reckon it’s worth the trouble.

Repairs” was posted by Cally on 16 August 2014 at http://callybooker.co.uk

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