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Finally migrated

As of today, Grapson! has moved. It’s been a long time coming, and I thank the WordPress community for support. Had it been possible to access the blog from within China without needing some kind of VPN or other firewall scaling program, we would have been content to remain a WP blog. As it is, we must prepare for the day when our devices and stratagems can no longer scale the Great Firewall.

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I’m looking for a used LeClerc Penelope II. If it doesn’t have those long flat shuttle sticks, no problem. I don’t use those anyway.

The seller has to be willing to ship the loom to me here in China. That’s not difficult to do. Box it up, take it to the post office, get it weighed, and get the shipping rate for both surface and air. I’d be eternally grateful.

As for payment, it can be however you wish: PayPal, pearls (black or white, single or multi strand, strung or unstrung), or Burmese jade. Whatever the payment choice, it will be a fair exchange.

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New Shannock Loom Manual

Someone very kindly sent along a couple of Shannock loom manuals. There was no problem loading the manual for the two foot tapestry loom, but the other manual won’t load. WordPress (or the tunnel I’m using) is throwing fits loading up a 12.1 MB file and says it’s too large!

UPDATE: Now it’s an HTTP error.

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Back in China

I left the USA 5:30 AM on Friday and arrived at the apartment 8:03 PM (8:03 AM EST) on Sunday.

Why so long a journey?

Fly to Atlanta. Five hours wait for a flight to Tokyo. At Tokyo, three or four hours wait for a flight to Hong Kong. Land in Hong Kong around 10:30 PM on Saturday, HKT. EST is 10:30 AM. No flight to where I want to go until 4:35 PM Sunday from Hong Kong.

Next morning, I try for an earlier departure. A 7:00 bus to Shenzhen with the usual exit and entry delays at the border, and another delay finding the SUV to take me to the Shenzhen airport. By the time I get there, it’s too late to make the 10:10 AM flight, and, contrary to what the Chinese airfare websites say, there are no hourly flights from Shenzhen to my destination. So, I sit and wait in Shenzhen’s no-free-wifi, moldy-smelling, fast-moving-roaches roach-infested airport, which looks like its ceilings need cleaning, until boarding time at 3:35 PM.

The plane lifts off somewhere around 4:35 PM and lands around 6:00 PM. There’s a short wait for luggage, then a 20 RMB ride on the airport bus into the city. Upon disembarkation, there is a long wait for a 15 minute taxi ride to the apartment. When I enter the front door, it is Sunday, 8:03 PM. I know because my iPhone was in my hand and lit up.

My body can’t and doesn’t want to do this anymore. This is my last year in China.

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Loom Manuals

If you have a loom manual to share, just email it to me. The address is on the website.

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Tapestry Commissions

Someone asked me if I take commissions. Of course I do. Email me.

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Vanity of Vanities

The new-to-me Glimåkra Regina is warped for Vanity of Vanities, a study of Solomon in his old age by the artist Tom Dubois. The cartoon hangs behind the warps. Nevertheless, the tapestry has resisted being woven.

Meantime, it’s back to China.

Remember a couple of years ago I got a Mirrix Joni to take with me to China? For a really great price, too, since it came with treadles and a number of warp coils. Here’s a shocker: the Mirrix has never been used! Part of the reason is bad memory. The day I was leaving for China, the Mirrix was packed and placed in the hallway facing the front door. Yet, when the suitcases went to the car, the Mirrix didn’t. Instead, the backup Glimåkra Freja, in my large back pack, did. The Mirrix was only remembered at check in time.

So why isn’t the Mirrix going now? Frankly, I really don’t know much about weaving. I know tapestry weaving, so the Macomber 4-B, a monster studly four-harness is a bas lisse loom in my studio. I’ve woven a rug, never anything else than that other than tapestry.

So, the actual challenge is to learn to weave other things to inform the tapestry weaving. That’s why the Mirrix isn’t going, and that’s why I’ve been chasing a LeClerc Penelope because it’s a two-fer. I’d thought to take the Glimåkra Emilia with me cuz it has the double heddle kit. The problem is that tapestry needs greater tension than rigid heddle looms can provide, or that I can warp the Emilia to provide–the fault is in the weaver, dear Horatio, not in the loom! Consequently, I must, with great financial pain and suffering, buy a LeClerc Penelope.

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