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Friday, August 29, 2014

Iron Gate

Sorry for the lengthy radio silence. I caught a cold, and although I've been able to enjoy the sights, cities, and events along the way, I did not have the energy to do any photo editing or writing.

Yesterday we reached the stretch of the Danube known as the Iron Gate. There are mountains on both sides, and the river channel narrows dramatically. Throughout history, this has been a frontier of one sort or another. The Romans defended their empire against the barbarians here, the Austro-Hungarians tried to keep out the Turks here, etc., etc.

Very dramatic landscape. Around one corner was a tiny monastery built into the cliffs. Farther along is a huge, famous carved face, a Dracian king. I had been under the impression that it was very old, but no, it was carved in the 20th century.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Budapest

Our hotel is on the Pest side of the Danube, with wonderful views of Budapest Castle on the Buda side of the river. It was overcast when we arrived, with rain forecast, but after dinner at a terrific restaurant, we were treated to the sight of a warmly lit castle.

The next day we had a city tour, and tomorrow a visit to an historic castle outside the city, then we board our riverboat for a cruise down the Danube to Bucharest.

More Prague

The first two images are of the main square in Old Town Prague. There are Segway rentals everywhere these days.

The lilies were just one of many over-the-top floral displays in the hotel.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Museum of Decorative Arts

Everyone who advised me that the Museum was a must-see was absolutely correct. We spent the morning there, happy as any aficionados of the handmade/handcrafted could possibly be. The featured exhibit was wonderful - a retrospective of the work of ceramicist/sculptor Vaclav Serak, entitled "Fire Clay Ice." I'd have taken hundreds of photos had I been allowed to...

The afternoon was dedicated to a leisurely stroll through Old Town, after having the lightning-fast 'official' guided version yesterday.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Jet Lag

Old-town Prague (Czech Republic) as seen from Prague Castle. Beautiful city, perfect weather for sightseeing.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Runners, Again

The table runners have now been washed and pressed, but not yet hemmed. However, since I'm about to take some time off, I thought I should post a beauty shot and some detail shots showing how they turned out. From left, number 1 through 4.














#1 was tromp as writ:



















#2 was woven with a treadling of advancing points and a red-violet weft that *really* changed the color balance in the cloth:



















#3 had a black weft and a treadling of small advancing shapes:



















#4, also a black weft, and a treadling of advancing curves. I think it looks like a snake's scale pattern:



















So there they are. Each is very different from the others. Hard to pick a favorite...

Friday, August 15, 2014

Painted Stripe Table Runners

They're done. As in woven, not wet finished.

Here's the view behind the heddles, at a point where I was trying to decide how many repeats of the basic motif I had warp to weave.



















And after the [admittedly brief] cutting off ceremony:














From left: #4, #2, #1, #3. I like 'em all... The colors really pop. Hopefully, somebody who comes to the Fall events will want to bring one home.