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Long draw spinning and Joy to the World

Long draw spinning and Joy to the World as another star pupil makes it onto my ever-growing list of acclaimed Long Draw Spinners – all accredited with specially commissioned rosettes. This happy lady recently received her rosette – a tremendous achievement in only five weeks and three lessons: Lesson 1 – long draw technique, Lesson […]

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Spinning lessons make happy smiles

Spinning lessons make happy smiles as well as sumptuous yarn as this photo of my happy pupil shows. She is holding her first spinning which turned out much better than she expected – as I find it always does! First spinning is very important as it is the benchmark upon which to assess progress. Lesson […]

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Beginner’s spinning

Beginner’s spinning ‘First spinning is very special – it is the measure of future improvement – but it is difficult to imagine a more satisfying outcome of your first spinning than this lovely hat in blue faced Leicester fleece in its natural colours.  It is only a few weeks since Angie inherited her spinning wheel from […]

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Wheel Bracelets a unique new way to secure spinning wheels

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 are supported from a stock. […]

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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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Life changes

Life changes

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 final act of love. It is […]

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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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Life’s safer nowadays

Life’s safer nowadays. My brother cooked Sunday lunch for me yesterday, two world’s first’s – first time he has cooked Sunday lunch for me and on the first day of the year. He is very supportive,  and always been creative, made his own sausages, stout, bread, curry, chow mien, beer. Even before he left school he showed […]

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Beginner spinner news:

This is a BIG THANK YOU to you all at Summer School! Val and I found these beautiful feathers in one of my fields = inspiration! We acquired a Jacob fleece at the Summer School and I had an intro to flick carding at Knuston Hall, so my half of the Jacob got flick carded […]

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Van on fire at Woolly day

Van on fire at Woolly day could have been a total disaster. After a lovely day it was all packed up like the tardis with Chris and Mike helping: its only a small van but contained Great wheel, exhibition stand, Molly my beloved wheel made by James Williamson in 1991, lots of new carding and […]

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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 started with spinning long draw and worsted techniques followed by practice on Silk, Suri Alpaca and Mohair locks on Monday and Tuesday – when over twenty people attended. It has been the happiest time, lots of photos taken and even paintings in a little book – absolute joy. Everyone seemed so happy and […]

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GF Superfine Blending Board

Golden Fleece Blending Boards at Fibre East

Golden Fleece Blending boards will be demonstrated for the first time on the SpinningSchool Stand in the Cotswold tent at Fibre East. To celebrate this, my first, trade stand we will be giving away £5 off vouchers to the first 100 visitors to Spinningschool’s Have a Go stand in the Hebridean tent, next to the […]

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Great wheel at Fibre East.

Great wheel at Fibre East. See my new great wheel on my stand in the Cotswold tent. I am now teaching long draw on the great wheel in my studio: £37.50 for 1.5 hours includes easy to spin fibre and instruction on how to ply straight from the spindle so spinners go home with at […]

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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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more funds for nepal

More funds for Nepal

More funds for Nepal were raised at Woolly day on Saturday. We raised £60, had a nice lunch, a good spin, a good chat swapping ideas – Jane brought her four shaft loom and is weaving a rug in yarn from local spinners… Chris brought some of his wife’s wood turning, Dawn some lovely plants, […]

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Wildflowers Chelsea week print

Widlflowers Chelsea week print has arrived. (this photo is just a small part of it) Fabulous to have 1/50 to this limited edition by Del Jones. Can’t stop looking at it. I have always loved wild flowers and this painting captures them in a way I’ve never seen done before. Its a magical piece of work –  took […]

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pam austin with big fleece

Spinners raise £204 for Nepal

Spinners raise £204 for Nepal at ‘Know your Fleece’ workshop. We held a Woolly Bring and Buy and had a good day among last years’  fleece – learning what to choose, and what to avoid, when selecting fleece for handspinning. Hopefully new spinners will be able to avoid some of the mistakes we have all […]

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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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