Category: Spinning

House pigeon – things you do for your friends

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 was left looking a bit […]

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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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Spinning retreat at knuston hall

Spinning Retreat at Knuston Hall

Spinning Retreat Spinning retreat at Knuston Hall ends today. A huge success for spinning and Knuston Hall which was so fully booked there was not enough room in the newly refurbished dining room –  the second time spinners have dined in the library in a week. 11 ladies from as far apart as Bradford and […]

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Socks with meaning

Socks with meaning make delightful gifts and now is the time to start on knitting unique Christmas gifts. These socks are called Meadow and knitted with my own art yarn. All yarn has basic elements which can be used in the design process; these are fibre, spinning method, colour and yarn structure. The fibre choice […]

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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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Iceberg lettuce

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 the weather is so mild […]

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Making rolags

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 see she is absolutely right […]

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andean plying

Andean Plying

Andean plying is a really useful technique I learned from Kate at my Ashford workshop. She made it so easy I teach it to beginner drop spindlers at their first lesson – it only takes me one lesson to teach long draw on a drop spindle! You can learn all about twist and Andean plying at my next […]

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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 had her first lesson on 19th December 2016. I learned to spin when I was about the same age as Vanessa […]

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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.

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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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Beginner’s weaving

Beginners weaving is full of surprises such as this bag by Kathy. Her first weaving. She decided to turn it into this bag and needle felted some decorative bits on it. Just lovely. An astonishingly fine piece of work for a beginner. We warped up the loom together – she had  beginners weaving pack as a birthday […]

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Dyeing, dyeing, dyeing

Dyeing, dyeing, dyeing. Its difficult to stop once you start. Had a great time on Tuesday at Loddington with Ashford dyes, using different colours in the same dye pot. People brought their own hand spun yarn as well as using mohair locks, and merino/bamboo mix. The acid dyes don’t work on plant fibres so the […]

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Great Spinning Wheel party

Great Spinning Wheel party

Great Spinning Wheel Party Great Spinning Wheel party for all sort of spinning wheels, not just great wheels – bring your wheel and party with people who like what you like.  Bring your spinning wheel, great or small it doesn’t matter, and treat yourself to a day at the lovely Knuston Hall         […]

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Joy is a variant reed

Joy is a varident reed. This wall hanging called  ‘Seashore’  by one of my recently bereaved pupils is pure joy. The  colours, textures, fibres are all chosen and woven with complete freedom  – weaving on a Knitters  loom and vari-dent reed gives so much scope- you can weave nearly anything. Anything that doesn’t give me joy and […]

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new sock yarn

New Sock Yarn

This new sock yarn is just off my Joy wheel. Know why it is called Joy now. An absolute joy to spin on. This is the singles, it is a mix of hand dyed merino and bamboo, silk, and dyed corriedale. Was spun from rolags and will be plyed with a thinnish polyamide thread which is […]

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Sad Partings

In case you were wondering why no posts for a year it is because of sad loss of my dear husband Bob, last November and my dear friend Paul, who died suddenly a year ago this week. My mother also died last year she was 87. I haven’t felt very ‘outgoing’ or wanting to share posts […]

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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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Jenny raises >£500 for Cancer Research

Jenny raises > £500 for Cancer Research when she completed a 26 mile overnight walk recently. I’m very proud of her. My grandsons Nathan – who lives in London, and Ben  – at uni in Portsmouth met her at the finishing post on the Sunday morning with flowers and fizz and they all went for […]

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