My husband and I had a holiday in Haute Vienne in France in early June. One of the places we visited was a papermill and paper museum called the Moulin du Got which had an exhibition that reminded me of shibori and manipulated fabric. Here are some of the exhibits – looking at the website I think these are all by the artist Fritz Jacquet.
The papermill was in an area famous for its tapestry – Aubusson and Felletin – and I had a fascinating tour around a museum of tapestry cartoons (the paintings which provide the guide for the tapestry weaver).
Do you remember the shibori fabric in the last post and that I thought of making a bag with it? Well, I bought a pdf pattern of this bag – the Zip-To-It from Cloudsplitter Bags – and decided to make a practice version first. Here it is! I really enjoyed making it and can thoroughly recommend the pattern: it comes with lots of photos to walk you through the (quite complicated) process. This practice session was useful because I came to the conclusion that Spoonflower’s ecocanvas would probably be too thick to use for it (this one has several layers of quilting fabric plus interfacing and zip and my sewing machine was protesting at certain points!). So I will use a simpler pattern, and maybe make a tote or a bag for planner supplies (or both!). I love this bag though, and can see myself making a few more.
I took it to my son Barney’s graduation from Trinity College, Cambridge last month.
I have just started a Facebook group for customers and fans of my digital downloads and scrapbooking papers. It is called Plummer Printables and I’m hoping that we will be able to discuss what we can do with the digital papers and planner stickers/clipart and share links to tutorials and ideas. If you are interested in joining, please click the link and ask to be added to the group.
I’ve just discovered that the V &A (Victoria & Albert Museum in London) has an Online Journal which looks very interesting. There are a couple of patchwork/quilting related articles – Michele Walker: Keepsakes of Identity: Memoriam and Doing Time: Patchwork as a Tool of Social Rehabilitation in British Prisons. Off to read them….
While we were in North Wales, we went to a second woollen mill, called Brynkir, just north of Porthmadog.
It had a water wheel to power the machines:
Here are some of the machines we saw.
A bobbin winder:
A machine to wind the wool into skeins for dyeing:
And lots of looms:
As usual, it had a factory shop where I bought some yummy tweed fabric…and a poster with pictures of British sheep. Talking of sheep, look at these two, perched on an outcrop of rock up near the summit of Snowdon:
I will have to consult my poster to see what type these are, but as I’m typing this on holiday in a gite in Normandy, I can’t do it at present…. by the time you read this, I’ll be back. These holidays are useful for catching up on blog posts but not for publishing them.
I didn’t find much of textile interest while on holiday (except in terms of inspiration like the manhole covers). There was a silk factory which had a museum attached but I was told by the tourist office in Tours that it was closed all July and August. 🙁
However, I did find a few things, unexpectedly. We went to see a strange motley collection of … basically anything with moving parts, the Musee Maurice Dufresne. I think that M Dufresne couldn’t bear to leave any machines he found rusting in fields or anywhere; he had to rescue them and add them to his collection. Something had been found at the bottom of a lake. It was a huge combine harvester or something like that. Goodness knows how it got to the bottom of the lake or how he knew it was there and managed to get it out again. It was that sort of a collection.
Anyway, in amongst all this stuff were a few looms.
I don’t know much about looms or what type they are but it was lovely to see all that pile of yarn in the midst of machinery! If anyone can enlighten me, I will add the information.
I think this one made braid, or ribbon.
Is this a machine for winding shuttles? or warping or something? (can’t you tell I don’t know ANYTHING about weaving?! Still, I do find these kinds of things interesting and I would love to learn, so please enlighten me!)
All these looms were a drop in the ocean in the huge barn-like buildings in which they were stored. I found some sewing machines high up on a shelf later on and I felt so sorry that they were stuck up there so unappreciated.Â I wanted to take them all home with me!
In amongst all these were cars, farm machinery, a London bus(!) and even a guillotine which had travelled around during the French Revolution – it was mounted on a cart. Bikes, printing machines, you name it, it was there. Amazing.
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