Tag: art yarn

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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Dyeing for art yarn

Dyeing for art yarn. Dye your own skeins, balls or yarn, or tops with quick and easy acid dyes and experiment with primary, complementary and analgous colours in the same dye pot. Course  includes 50 gms Mixed merino Tops and use of Ashford, Landscape and World of Wool dyes but please bring your own dye pot if you […]

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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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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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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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Summer School at Uppingham School

10am-4pm £225 for 5-day course or £50 per day. Learn how to spin your own yarn or become more creative with your spinning. Create beautiful fibres; e.g. alpaca, silk, cashmere, into unique and lovely yarn for knitting weaving and crochet. The course is suitable for both beginners and spinners who want to explore new fibres […]

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Day on the river

Bob and I are going on the river today – packing up is tiresome but taking my new ‘River’ yarn is no hardship. It is hand dyed  – rainbow technique  – spun long draw and fine with plenty of twist on Molly, my James Williamson wheel (see spinning on my Thurmaston Post) and plyed with […]

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New Art batts

My new art batts comprise, merino, silk, spun yarn and these lovely angora locks, all of which were dyed in the same bath

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Long draw spinning straight from the fleece

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Batts for art yarn…

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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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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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Beginners Art Yarn at Barnsdale

The gardens at Barnsdale provide are inspiration f or arty yarns

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Another art batt

There is a lot of fun to be had with some fibres and dye, particularly with lustrous fibres which react with light and take dye differently to other wool

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And yet another really lovely yarn

Tuesday’s workshop produced some of the best boucles I’ve seen, everyone really worked at it!  

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Another astoundingly lovely boucle

Its a bit humbling when your pupils produce something better than you can!    

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Gimp, Boucle and Art Yarn -Tuesday

The aim is to learn some new skills and make lovely new yarns that you would perhaps not have tackled before. There will be plenty of help so nothing to worry about. You will need fibre and materials in different colours so please bring your stash of things you like, particularly any dyed fibre from […]

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Another batt for sale next Tuesday…

…at the Art Yarn, Gimp and Boucle workshop. 

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Another batt…

I’m wondering how these angora locks managed to come out so much lighter when they were in the same dye bath? I think this batch would make an interesting arty yarn – wish I had done more of the angora locks now

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Carded batts and art yarn packs

I have been making some packs my Art yarn, Gimp and Boucle workshop next week. This one is from rainbow-dyed merino all from the came bath. I had thought the carded batt could be spun woollen/long draw and the plait separated into fine rovings for a worsted draw. But the options are a numerous as […]

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