Category: Dyeing

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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Hat dyed with madder

Hat Dyed with Madder by Judy Hardman

A hat dyed with madder by Judy Hardman is just one of the lovely things you can see and do with Judy at my next SpinningSchool day on 13th January – fingers crossed for fair weather. She will teach us how to use a selection of natural dyes featured in her new book ‘Natural Dyes’ […]

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Exotic Fibre

Exotic yarn from

Exotic yarn from Wildfires of Oakham proved irresistible to spinners at SpinningSchool on tuesday- we were enthralled by Uday’s talk and video about the cooperative movement in his native Nepal – we saw a video of women harvesting nettles and retting, boiling and spinning the yarn which was on sale. He has a shop at […]

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Handspun Pastel Pullover

Handspan pastel pullover being a man’s choice is quite unusual – but this one is absolutely right for Mike who regularly attends Woolly Days with his wife Yvonne. I asked him how it came about…..“Oh, I decided  l wanted  something “totally different” and seeing the delicious range of colour on offer at Fibre East –  the idea […]

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Colour wheel with Ashford dye.

A Colour wheel with Ashford dye is a really useful piece of kit to have; if you don’t manage colour it manages you so last Tuesday’s acid dyeing workshop was all about controlled acid dyeing and we each made lovely wheels of colour to keep and use whenever we want to create a particular colour.   […]

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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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Spinning big yarn at Spinning School

Off Piste Spinning class last Tuesday brought out some interesting yarns, Sue did a Shetland on the country spinner, Frances used the Kiwi Superflyer for her Leicester Longwool fleece, I did a demonstration boucle big yarn in merino, silk which was core spun onto woollen rug yarn, then merino silk roving held in place with a  final […]

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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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star spinners

Star Spinners at Summer School

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the van that can

The ‘Van That Can’ at Summer School

I love my van – ‘The Van That Can’ It proved indispensable once again. We did our dyeing in it on a portable cooker  – it was an amusing and happy event – more pictures to follow thanks to Lidia  

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A colourful day at Loddington Spinning Class

We had a colourful day yesterday, blending was the most popular choice of activity. We used Ashford blending boards and a variety of fibres. The results were spectacular.

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Summer School

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Packing the Van for Summer School next week

It’s not too late to treat yourself to day a summer school next week. This year we have allocated time for requests so spinners will be able to choose what they do – there will be a fabulous selection of fibre, wheels and equipment to try – including new blending boards to make lovely punis […]

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Rosettes for Fibre East

Jane has been busy making rosettes for Fibre East – free to those who  try spinning, weaving and carding.  Young in years and young in heart  – we will all be there – MK45 2NU thanks to spinning school volunteers and Fibre East Organisers

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Gill’s Knitting to Dye for

Just one of the fabulous cardigans that Gill brought along to Woolly day the detail and planning is amazing ‘ I just wing it’ she said…

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