Category: Weaving

Weaving lessons can be creative

Weaving lessons can be creative. Just look at this first weaving by Dee. Weaving on her neat little laptop loom (12″Ashford Knitters Loom), she chose Ashford’s Tekapo yarn as the warp and weft. Tekapo is a beautifully bouncy yarn with good stretching properties – just right for the rigid heddle looms which can be warped up […]

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Weaving on knitters loom

Weaving on Knitters Loom at Knuston Hall last weekend was a huge success – so much so that the next course will be in January. The course was for complete beginners and included candlewick, pick up sticks and colour theory.  Ruth started this piece after making her first sample – although only her second piece of work, the edges […]

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long draw on a drop spindle

Long draw on a drop spindle. This was Mary’s challenge at Woolly day.

Long draw on a drop spindle was Mary’s challenge at Woolly Day. If you want to learn how to do this then the latest edition of  Yarnmaker tells you how. Mary did very well with her new 70m Ashford spindle –  she came with her Grandma who is spinning on her great aunts’ wheel. I […]

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Golden Fleece Blending Board

New Golden Fleece carders and blending boards at the Big Textile Show

Golden Fleece carders, blending boards and brushes will be making their UK debut on the Spinning School stand at The Big Textile Show this weekend. Also on the stand will be the new Ashford Kiwi Superflyer, spinning wheels, looms and accessories as well as local handmade and milled yarns from some of my pupils’ own […]

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Off Piste Spinning is lovely for feet

Off piste spinning is lovely for feet

Erica did some Big Spinning at the Off Piste Spinning workshop. She used some alpaca that was not good quality given to us at Spinning by the River day as it was ‘A pity to waste it’. The result is the yummy rug, just right to put your feet on when getting out of bed! It is […]

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My dear Aunt ….

My dear aunt has been staying for a week – she came to Woolly day on  Saturday and did some weaving on the Knitters loom I had warped up for her to play with – she is a knitter but had never done any weaving before. On Monday I finished it off while demonstrating at […]

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Hand spun and woven rug.

Jane completes a Manx Loachtan

Jane inspired us all last week with this Manx Loachtan rug; it was spun on the Country Spinner and then woven on a peg loom. Glorious.

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Sunny times at Fibre East

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Knitters’ Loom Weaving Retreat

The Knitters Looms were highly productive at Weaving Retreat 

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Weaving Retreat -Colours to Dye for

A new weaver plans to use this log as her inspiration and thought she may have to do some dyeing but  we have yarns, and colours to suit everyone …..

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Haphazard knitters is at Loddington this week

Six weavers are in Weaving Retreat at Loddington this week so HapHazard knitters is at Loddington on Wednesday 28th May and not Stoke Albany this week – If you live nearby (LE7 9XE) you are welcome to join the Haphazard Knitters from 7-9pm at Loddington Grange – (£5 with tuition, otherwise £3).

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Pick your colour

These are some of the rug yarns available to weavers to use next week on my weaving course.

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Idea for weaving

one of my students wants to use this lichen on bark that is growing on her terrance as the inspiration for her weaving next week….the course is fully booked but will be repeated at Knuston Hall later in the year

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I joined Ravelry at last

My husband is wanting to know why I appear to be stuck to my iMac….I could spend weeks poking around in there.

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Buffet Lunch at SpinningSchool

Lunch at Workshops and Woolly days is always a great treat – the next one is on 8th April – see What’s On page www.spinningschool.org/events We have a shared buffet, everyone brings something they like and it never fails to make a lovely meal

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ready for Leicester long wool

Ruth is learning to spin raw fleece ready for when her Leicester long wool sheep are shorn in June, she plans to make rugs on the peg loom. There was plenty of help at Woolly day

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Two peg looms at woolly day

Rachel and Jane brought their peg looms to woolly day

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Alpaca – long draw

Sally who only learned to spin a few months ago has made some lovely alpaca yarn from her own alpacas – she is going to start weaving it now.

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a first spinning – Rugs in Wensleydale and Jacob

These two rugs demonstrate extremes of weaving – left hand one is made from spun and unspun Wensleydale fleece and woven on a peg loom; on the right is a fine quality rug in handspun, high twist  Jacob, and was woven on an eight shaft floor loom. Both rugs have had about five years’ wear […]

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learn to spin – long draw for rug yarn

Here is  Ruth making rug yarn on her second lesson at Woolly day 22nd Feb. She is making a lovely long draw, straight from the fleece on only her second lesson. She is a busy farmer’s wife and wants to learn how to make rugs from her own Leicester Longwool fleece. Some rugs will be […]

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