Category: Dyeing

Dyeing fleece

Dyeing fleece, an essential technical and creative skill, along with fibre choice, colour skills, spinning technique and yarn architecture, is a basic element of yarn design and a sure way to lift the spirits! Dyeing is with Ashford Dye and the technique is called rainbow dyeing and described in the book. The curly fleece is […]

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Dye workshop

Dye workshop in my studio came up with a whole range of fibres in toning colours to be spun into yarn for a Shetland Hap. My pupil dyed all these colours in the studio workshop – a one to one learning zone where mistakes are not  failure or wrong, simply part of the learning experience. […]

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first wednesday workshop

Yarn to Dye for

Yarn to dye for is worth the trouble –  even if it is a two-stage process –  when the colours feel as classy and sophisticated as these feel to me. I did a lot of dyeing this winter and will be demonstrating how to do this  at the First Wednesday workshop at Knuston Hall next […]

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dyeing with complementary colours

Dyeing with complementary colours a new workshop

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. – see Events  If you can’t […]

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Mohair locks and Blue faced Leicester top

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. After spinning, I plied using […]

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Art Yarn

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 fibre for this  lovely yarn was dyed […]

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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 spinners, weavers, felters and dyers.   Although you may be DYING for a weekend away, you don’t have to DYE all the […]

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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 draw  – yes, a long worsted draw, not two inches  but a satisfying long arms length worsted draw! – and […]

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rainbow dyeing

Rainbow dyeing

Rainbow Dyeing Workshop The Rainbow dyeing workshop at Knuston was a diverse event last week – there were weavers, felters, knitters as well as some first spinning off the bobbin – this lady wants a Joy wheel – preferably used if anyone knows of one. The workshop is repeated at Knuston tomorrow – it’s not too […]

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Colour in spinning

Colour in Spinning and weaving was the theme for Wednesday’s Summer School this year. I love colour. If I’m feeling a bit low I turn to my dye box  – its far healthier than popping a pill. The results of our dye were so luscious one wanted to eat them…still better than popping a pill. […]

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Summer School

Summer school, last day exhibition of work –  great fun – great week, inspiration, fellowship and something to look forward to next year

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Summer School

Summer school on Thursday was about structure in spinning and weaving. We made boucle yarn, and did lots of weaving on knitters looms.

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colour skills

Summer School –

Summer school on Wednesday was all about Colour, yesterday was about Fibre, tomorrow Stucture. Rachel showed everyone how to use acid dyes. We used specially prepared Dye Bags each containing  merino/bamboo roving, wool roving and goat angor locks (£5 each). Also dyed silk hankies of the type we learned how to spin the day before. […]

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Dyeing naturally

Dyeing naturally seems the best way to do it after Judy Hardman’s workshop demonstrated how much fun it is. I am really inspired and will be driving around roundabouts assessing the vegetation from now on – never mind the traffic. Natural dyeing is full of surprises but one can ‘modify’ the colour you get with […]

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Woolfest

Woolfest was at its most wonderful and best. Although I did 2007, 8, 9, and 2010 as chair of  Guild of long draw spinners, this was my first time as a visitor. I was never happier than this last weekend, lovely place, inspired and talented people doing lovely things with wool, and all serenaded by local musicians […]

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Kiwi Kiwi Super Flyer

Makitfair on Sunday Peterborough

Makitfair on Sunday will be my first exhibition at Peterborough Showground. A great place for fibre and textile artists of all sorts, lacemakers, knitters, weavers, as well as spinners.  Try the Superflyer for Big Yarn and my unique new Table Carder from Golden Fleece, for easy carding and blending.  I’ll be showing my range of […]

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Art yarn spin for joy

Art yarn spin for joy: this picture says it all. This lady started with my Beginner pack only last year and produced this glorious art yarn from left overs – it is absolutely yum- scrummy.  Yarn art draws on texture, yarn structure, colour and fibre – You don’t have to be a gifted, talented artist to produce […]

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woolly socks day

woolly Socks day

Woolly Socks Day – There was a heavy footfall of hand spun and hand knitted and hand dyed, spun and knitted socks on Saturday’s woolly sock day. My star pupil Mary modelled a lovely pair of socks knitted by Julie – she looked so good in them that Julie gave them to her. What a […]

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Art Yarn: what is it?

Art Yarn: What is it? is a question I’m often asked, followed by ‘What do you do with it? Over the next few months I hope to answer these questions in a practical way at my Tuesday Workshops. We know art yarn when we see it, but to define art yarn we need an understanding of what we […]

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Helping and Inspiring

Helping and inspiring others is how see my role as a teacher and share my passion for spinning and woolly things. But….I don’t feel inspired at the moment so  have cancelled Barnsdale on 3rd Feb and Spinning School on 10th Feb. My mother died last night  – she was 87 and worn out, and it comes […]

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