Category: News

Last Carrot

Last carrot turned up as I finished digging a vegetable bed yesterday. Top half is already eaten, but there is enough left to flavour a stew. Am glad of it; normally I would not bother bending down  to pick it up as my back aches enough already. But times are not normal. And backache from […]

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Beautiful Rolags

Lady Day in Lockdown-Freedom to just Be

Today is Lady Day, traditionally the day peasants were hired and tenants paid their rent. Also, in Medieval times, no-one was ever allowed to leave their parish; absconders were pursued and punished. Travel was never an option in those days. But the same sun shone then as it is doing now on this, the world’s […]

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Spinning and weaving lessons are all cancelled

Spinning and Weaving lessons are all cancelled along with all events  – I dont like it, but it has to be done. However, on the bright side, two of my cancelled weaving bookings have already taken up my offer of an Ashford 16” rigid Heddle loom for £147 with free delivery and  online support; plus […]

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Spinning on a great wheel

Spinning on a great wheel is the ultimate test of competence in hand spinning. Unless you can spin long draw it is not possible to use  a great  wheel effectively. Spinning is done with the left hand while the right hand turns the wheel. The spinner walks backwards drawing out long lengths of singles thread […]

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First long draw spinner from Japan

My first pupil from Japan has earned her Long Draw Spinner rosette after only two lessons. A tremendous achievement for a pupil whose first lesson took place just three weeks ago. She has also made the felted fox who My first pupil from Japan has earned her Long draw Spinner Rosette after only two lessons. A tremendous achievement […]

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Dyeing for summer school

Dyeing for summer school is priority with only four days to go. Bundles such as this are to help and inspire spinners dyeing their own fibre for sock yarn next weekend. Amazing the difference what a little pot of Ashford dye (£6.40) and some vinegar can make. Knit socks. We will be making luscious socks […]

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summer school for all who love wool – any skill level

Summer School at Knuston Hall for all who love wool – any skill level. Two, three day summer breaks that will feel like heaven. Saturday 27-Monday 29 July and, Wednesday 31 July – Friday 2nd August Three days in which to Learn to Knit from scratch, or Knit socks. Learn to spin Long draw from […]

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International Space station and Spinning retreat coincide at Launde Abbey

International Space Station and my Spinning retreat coincided at Launde Abbey last week. It was a lovely time – three days spinning and relaxing with people who love what I love. Launde is a magical place. The monastics knew a thing or two 900 years ago when they chose the location in which to build […]

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Rewards of teaching the young

Rewards of teaching the young are not financial as I consider it an investment – as well as a lot of pleasure of course… I recently received this letter… Dear Pam, Tabitha [daughter]wanted me to write a note to you to thank you for teaching her how to felt. She really enjoys it and decided […]

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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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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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