Tag: beginner

andean plying

Andean Plying

Andean plying is a really useful technique I learned from Kate at my Ashford workshop. She made it so easy I teach it to beginner drop spindlers at their first lesson – it only takes me one lesson to teach long draw on a drop spindle! You can learn all about twist and Andean plying at my next […]

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first wednesday workshop

Art Yarn coils and boucle

Art yarn coils and boucle are a great deal of fun in the long days when it is still too cold to be in the garden and there the daffodils aren’t brightening things up yet. Mixing colours and fibres and structures in an endless variety guarantees you will make something quite unique and lovely too. […]

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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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Gotland pullover – pupil news

Gotland pullover – pupil news from Jane who completed this cosy pullover for her husband. Jane learned to weave this time last year and subsequently learned to spin – so she has not been spinning for a year yet. What an achievement! It was prepared with hand carders and spun on her Ashford traditional.

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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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Long draw spinning course (and Weaving for beginners)

Long draw spinning course. Why spin 3 inches at a time when you could spin an arms length? Life’s too short for anything less than long draw. It is so relaxing and satisfying to draw out a long thread and feel it stretching like chewing gum as the fibres attenuate. Thats what I love about […]

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Double weave book

Double weave book took just two days to complete – including the weaving. It is woven on a Knitters Loom with 2nd heddle on 7.5 reeds. Half the warp and all of the weft is in my yarn in spun on a drop spindle on the river Nene last year – see Water Yarn blog […]

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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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Great wheel at Fibre East.

Great wheel at Fibre East. See my new great wheel on my stand in the Cotswold tent. I am now teaching long draw on the great wheel in my studio: £37.50 for 1.5 hours includes easy to spin fibre and instruction on how to ply straight from the spindle so spinners go home with at […]

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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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hand spinning for beginners and improvers

Hand Spinning for Beginners and Improvers

Hand Spinning for Beginners and Improvers Course Aims: Learn to spin wool fleece, alpaca and silk yarn and how to select the best fibres for handspinning and what to avoid. Learn traditional long draw, woollen and worsted techniques on a traditional spinning wheel. Make at least one skein of yarn. Understand the principles of yarn design and […]

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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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long draw spinning

Long draw spinning –

Long draw spinning – the world has another long draw spinner, who has taken my Beginners offer. She has had two lessons – the first got off to a bad start: I had agreed to pick per up at Market Harborough Railway station  – she was coming from Leicester which is a 15 minute journey. Unfortunately she […]

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Weaving on Knitters Loom

Weaving on Knitters Loom is easy to learn – and you can see the result at Woolly Day on Saturday 22n November. Jane produced this accomplished-looking piece using natural local yarns she had bought when visiting the north and  Scottish Highlands and Islands. With only one day’s experience she carefully colour matched each yarn to a […]

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Weaving for beginners

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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 Big Textile Show

This really is a big do….a whole weekend of woolly things at The Big Textile Show held at Leicester Grammar School, easy to find and plenty of parking. See my amazing new range superfine carders, blending boards and brushes (superfine prices too!!!), learn long draw, win a prize with the Social Spinners. So much to do, so […]

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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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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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