Tag: Allerton Visitor Centre

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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Silk Hankies workshop

Silk Hankies workshop, spinning and dyeing silk hankies is very easy and very satisfying as nothing takes dye like silk – just gorgeous in the true senses of the word. And spinning silk is easy as the filaments are long and don’t break so often. As this is January it may not be possible to […]

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Summer School

Summer school on Thursday was about structure in spinning and weaving. We made boucle yarn, and did lots of weaving on knitters looms.

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natural dye workshop

Natural dye workshop

Natural dye workshop: dyeing with weld, indigo, and madder with Judy Hardman. Judy is practical, straightforward and very inspiring. Dye your own handsup skeins under her expert tuition. Weld and Madder have been chosen for their excellent lightfast properties – as well as availability.  While skeins are mordanting we will do some indigo dyeing and later-on combine the […]

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colour skills

Colour Skills at Leicester Guild

Colour skills at Leicester Guild was a happy day yesterday. I did a mini workshop called ‘Tints, Tones and Shades – a module of my Manage-Colour-before-it-Manages-You Workshop which take place in June. Tints Tones and Shades (TTS) is a basic colour skill that is useful when you have fibre or singles that is too Vibrant, too Dull, […]

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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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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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Acid Dye Colour Wheel Workshop

Acid Dye Colour wheel workshop

Acid Dye colour wheel workshop.  Make your own 36 point colour wheel in primary, secondary and tertiary colours.    Spinners and fibre artists need a colour at some point in their creative lives – and when that time comes you don’t want waste time, dye and precious fibre experimenting with secondary and tertiary colours trying to find the one you […]

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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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In the Grease

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Two drop spindlers

These two young men soon got to grips with the drop spindle at Open Farm Sunday- and bought one each!

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Indigo Day with Woad-inc

Indigo Dyeing

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Long draw spinning straight from the fleece

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Batts for art yarn…

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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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At Woolly day in March…

Julia was spinning a lovely art yarn at Woolly Day last Saturday – the colours are set off agains her new Ashford wheel

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Two peg looms at woolly day

Rachel and Jane brought their peg looms to woolly day

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Inspiration Day – Saturday 22nd March

This Saturday you can inspire or be inspired in an inspiring place with inspiring people. No need to book, just turn up. Never been before? Then we’d love to see you at Woolly Day this Saturday (4th Saturday in March already!) Bring something woolly, or just come along for a good lunch and meet woolly […]

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Enjoying the sunshine at Loddington

The weather was so lovely on Tuesday that some spinners moved out of doors – the area is perfect for spinners – the seats are at just the right height. We ate out lunch out of doors for the first time ever – and it is only March!

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Our new premises has fabulous facilities.

There is a workroom on the left and rooms can be divided off with concertina walls. There is Wifi! In the entrance area there is a wide hatch through to the kitchen. It is light and airy and very inspiring. we hope to meet here on Woolly days next year.  

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