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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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inspired by churro

Inspired by Churro

Inspired by Churro is becoming a catchphrase as more spinners are using it. Jane put together this lovely page for her projects book. She has an affinity with owls which have inspired many of her yarns – particularly in Blue-faced Leicester. The Great grey owl comes from the Navajo region and there is a saying […]

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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 this coming Saturday at Loddington LE7 9XE. Wear your woolly socks and join the photoshoot, bring your knitting, spinning, weaving or craft and treat yourself to some quality time with like minded people – and join the sock parade! You don’t have to be an expert – most people are just learning and you […]

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spinning shop uppingham

Spinning Shop – Uppingham

A Spinning Shop – Uppingham High Street is my long term plan. And I’ve taken the first step  –  shop window with Ashford Joy and drop spindles, fabulous hand prepared fleece from fleecybusiness, one of my Shetland Hap shawls and big blending board from Golden Fleece carders. Hopefully this will inspire people  – the display […]

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Knitters loom samples

Knitters loom samples are like a magnet – the colours and textures mingling into scrumptious bags, table runners, scarves and cushions – you can never resist looking at them. These are by Frances Francis; I took the picture when her son Michael  came to collect them from my studio. Frances was due to help at […]

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churro fleece

Churro fleece certified and on its way

The Churro fleece is certified and on its way – it needed to be treated with fungicidal and antibacterial wash and is now packed and in transit.  Judith collected it on Thursday and was a bit shocked to see the volume of what she was expected to carry. However, Gillian vacuum packed it down to […]

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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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Churro fleece washed and ready to go

Churro fleeced washed and ready to go. Gillian has been busy – the fleece is all washed, dried and ready to be collected by Judith (who is on holiday is  Arizona) on Thursday this week. It is going to be vacuum packed for the flight: ‘I have thoroughly washed and rinsed the light red fleece, […]

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Churro fleece on its way from the Navajo reservation

Churro fleece is on its way from the Navajo reservation thanks to my friend in Phoenix! It was quite an adventure – she’s braver than me – I would not have the guts to set out on a journey like that. What an incredible person – we have been friends since 1984  – she emigrated […]

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Churro fleece

Churro fleece is new to me. I was given a small sample of this fabulous fibre by Judith, one of my SpinningSchool ladies who had visited the Navajo reservation in the States earlier this year. I told my friend Gillian who lives in Phoenix, Arizona about it – she did a bit of research…as you do…and found […]

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Campaign for wool

Campaign for Wool event

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The big textile show

The Big Textile Show

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pam austin with big fleece

Update; I’ve been on a roller coaster…

…and have missed putting out my news – so much has happened in the last few weeks – some good, some bad and some that is good but feels bad. But the good news is I have retired from the nhs. It hasn’t been easy, but its all over now and I can look forward […]

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A celebration of wool

A Celebration of Wool

Spinning School and Loddington Longwools have joined in support of ‘National Wool Week’, to create ‘A Celebration of Wool’ – a day of fun and education for all the family at the Loddington Visitor Centre on 11 October 2014. Entry is free and refreshments will be available. A celebration of wool

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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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The world has another long draw spinner..

Another lady was awarded a Long Draw Spinner rosette yesterday –  that is five this month! She made a two hour drive with her Golding wheel called Bob. It is a really crafted work – just beautiful to touch, let alone spin on. Not often anyone learns so quickly but three ladies have done so this […]

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Wensleydale baby – world’s first

My neighbour produced these showstopping images with some of my Wensleydale fleece  see – As far as I know this has not been done using Wensleydale fleece before.

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Fred – the felted ferret

Rachel brought along this fantastic birthday gift she recently received  – a felted ferret that is so realistic it makes you jump. He is climbing out of the frame rather like a Trompe L’oeil, but real – my photography doesn’t do it justice – let me know if you want to see it at Woolly Day next Saturday 23rd […]

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Summer School

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