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Spin long draw in one lesson

By | 2018-04-09T11:26:23+00:00 April 9th, 2018|

Spin long draw in one lesson is achievable as this young lady recently demonstrated. Long Draw  technique is the hallmark of accomplishment in handspinning. This rosette, the second one to be awarded this month,  came as a great surprise to Melanie at only her second spinning lesson. It is always [...]

Wheel Bracelets a unique new way to secure spinning wheels

By | 2018-03-29T20:38:29+00:00 March 29th, 2018|

Wheel bracelets a unique new way to secure spinning wheels for transport or when not in use are now available in my shop. These high quality handmade bracelets from Celtic Leathers (Wales) prevent the flyer falling off or thread getting into a tangle on Ashford Traditional and other wheels which [...]

Dyeing with complementary colours a new workshop

By | 2018-01-15T13:59:12+00:00 December 31st, 2017|

Dyeing with complementary colours a new workshop Dyeing with complementary colours a new workshop takes place at Knuston Hall on Wednesday this week. Dyeing is always fun and doing something different even more fun. This new workshop is a chance to find or discover a few things for yourself. - [...]

Twill weave

By | 2018-01-16T16:34:14+00:00 September 27th, 2017|

Twill weave, my house-pigeon must like twill weave - here he is inspecting two of my oldest rugs dating from the late 1980s and still going strong. I have not seen pigeon for several days now - nor found feathers or remains in the garden so hoping he has made [...]

House pigeon – things you do for your friends

By | 2017-09-26T15:57:53+00:00 September 26th, 2017|

House pigeon - things you do for your friends. This poor old scraggy pigeon  spent several months in a cage recuperating from a nasty accident. Thinking he needed to be able to fly, my friend  released him  in with her hens - who attacked it mercilessly as hens do. He [...]

Nature’s best

By | 2017-09-24T12:25:54+00:00 September 15th, 2017|

Nature's Best Nature's best things are virtually free - this plateful was picked this morning.  I planted the Conference pear tree at the millennium along with a vine and a Brown Monkey Turkey fig - they continue to give me free harvest every year and every year the bounty seems to [...]

Mohair locks and Blue faced Leicester top

By | 2017-09-14T15:23:38+00:00 September 14th, 2017|

Mohair locks and blue faced leicester top went into this yarn made by Jane who attended my lBeginners Long Draw day at  Knuston on 6th September. "Inspired by your session at Knuston last week, I made a skein using the lovely dyed curls carded  into some blue faced Leicester top. [...]

Life changes

By | 2017-09-03T12:46:14+00:00 August 25th, 2017|

Life Changes Life changes and change is about the only certainty in life - and with bereavement comes massive change. And unexpected pleasures. I commissioned this headstone from the Cordazzo Kindersley workshop in Cambridge. It was fixed in place on Monday 21st August. It brings me enormous pleasure.  The stone is perfect, my [...]

Art Yarn

By | 2017-02-07T17:40:44+00:00 February 7th, 2017|

Art yarn is a spinners response to fibre and colour and texture, in the same way as any art is a personal response to something.  Art yarn is yarn made for the purpose of art. Not designed for a project, but created as a result of the will or personal response. The [...]

Iceberg lettuce

By | 2017-02-05T21:37:44+00:00 February 5th, 2017|

Iceberg lettuce is like watered down cabbage compared to what's in season here at the moment. I'd rather have English leeks which are at their natural best at this time of year,  and there are still a few brussels sprouts, sprouting white and purple broccoli, cabbage, onions, turnips, celery, swede and potatoes and [...]

Making rolags

By | 2017-01-30T17:38:38+00:00 January 30th, 2017|

Making rolags during photoshoot with Danish photographer, Dorte. All looks a bit Hygge I think. . I wondered if I should ask my daughter Jenny -  who has lovely elegant hands -  to model for me, but Dorte said; "No Pam, your hands know what they are doing' and I can [...]