About Me

Pam AustinI’ve been spinning for nearly 30 years and my passion –  teaching spinning, weaving and supplying ‘woolly’ things is my fast becoming a full-time job. I like my life to be filled with good things and appreciate quality – in crafts this is even more important as it’s where one spends quality time – so give me the finest fibres (from Jacob to cashmere), best wheels – best of everything please.

My forte is long draw spinning and I’m a woman with a mission to teach it.

It’s fun, fast, very satisfying. Projects get finished in timescales to suit today’s busy lifestyle. Spinning arm lengths of yarn at a time is not only very productive, it’s extremely relaxing too. There is always a place that is peaceful – at my wheel – or at my knitting.

I’m a discerning person; do my best and like the best. I don’t charge silly money but instead aim to be accessible and offer the very best tuition, products and services I can. You will find I am generous with my time and pupils receive valuable discounts on new products and help with trade-ups. But what other people say about me,  says more than anything I can say…..

….For example:

Wow, I was impressed by what was happening at Loddington this morning, lots of wonderful creativity going on, I think you have a great set-up there!
I’m so glad I was able to grab an hour to see how it all works, and College commitments allowing, I hope to call in again.
Sarah, 22 August 2015
Thanks Pam. I had a wonderful day. I live in quite an isolated place and sometimes get very lonely so to be able to come and be amongst a group of women who enjoy doing what I do and are all so lovely and friendly is food for my soul.  I can’t tell you how pleased I am that I found you and your lovely ladies and every opportunity I get I shall be there!
Chris, 22 August 2015
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long draw spinner makes first art yarn

Long draw spinner makes her first art yarn after only two lessons. Vanessa learned to spin long draw in her first lesson  and has since created this lovely art yarn. Not bad for someone who [...]

Bullfinches

Bullfinches were busy enhancing the view at Woolly day in November, hopefully they will do the same at the next woolly day on 28th January.

Dyeing for a weekend

Dyeing for a weekend is a development  of my workshops at Loddington.  See Events page .A day is just not enough, so I am currently planning my first weekend SpinAway Retreat there from 10-12th February for [...]

Dyeing and spinning silk

Dyeing and spinning silk workshop had an interesting event when a candidate who had never spun before spun this silk and an Ashford traditional wheel. She watched the demonstration about how to spin a long worsted [...]