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Long draw spinning – is this a world’s first?

By |2018-04-29T15:02:37+00:00May 1st, 2018|

Long draw spinning - is this a world's first? Not the world's first long draw spinner of course  - there are probably fewer living today than there were in the medieval times. Question: is this the world's first 'Long draw spinner, Spinning on a Wheel made by her Grandfather'? It [...]

Spin long draw in one lesson

By |2018-04-09T11:26:23+00:00April 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+00:00March 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+00:00December 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+00:00September 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+00:00September 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 [...]

Mohair locks and Blue faced Leicester top

By |2017-09-14T15:23:38+00:00September 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. [...]