Tag: Bluefaced Leicester

The Joy of Socks

The joy of socks is all-embracing. Someone asked me the other day if I ever wear anything I have spun? Well Yes,I do. And so do lots of other people too. Mostly it is socks; from the joy of spinning, through knitting and wearing them or, better still, giving them to someone I love to […]

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Summer school for all who love wool

summer school for all who love wool, any skill level. Knit socks, spin sock yarn, dye yarn, felt fleece.

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Wool to Eternity – a Summer School for all who love wool, any skill level

‘Wool to Eternity’ a Summer School for all who love wool, any skill level or none at all – Spin, Knit, Felt, Dye. A three day summer break that will feel like heaven. Three professional teachers who love what they do, guarantee fun and success for anyone who loves wool, from complete beginners to those who […]

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The van that can

Dye and spin silk hankies

dye and spin silk hankies

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Spin on a great wheel, make batts, try a blending board, have a great day out

Spin on the great wheel, make batts, try a blending board at the studio, Albany lodge/ Or just bring your wheel and have a spinning day out. From Beginner to Bored this is a sure and certain way to be inspired! Includes three course lunch and regular refreshments of all kinds…! Working at home can’t […]

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Spinners and Weavers day of lovely woolliness

Spinners, weavers day of lovely woolliness and make a felt bowl.All you need is a pinny, towel, some bubble wrap and merino or BFL tops in nice colours if you have any – but don’t worry if not as Jackie at Purlwise has kindly offered to bring her stash of lovely coloured tops so you […]

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Rainbow dyeing

Rainbow dyeing and day of lovely woolliness. Bring your handspun skeins, apron and dye pot if you have one – everything else is supplied. Inspirational event for everyone from Beginner to Bored and a sure and certain way to be inspired! Includes three course lunch and regular refreshments of all kinds…! Working at home can’t […]

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Spinners and Weavers day of lovely woolliness

Spinners and weavers day of lovely woolliness. Inspirational event for everyone from Beginner to Bored and a sure and certain way to be inspired! Includes three course lunch and regular refreshments of all kinds…! Working at home can’t compete with the buzz of enthusiasm and excitement you get when others affirm your work and share […]

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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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Long draw spinning – is this a world’s first?

Long draw spinning – is this a world’s first? Not the world’s first long draw spinner of course  – there are probably fewer living today than there were in the medieval times. Question: is this the world’s first ‘Long draw spinner, Spinning on a Wheel made by her Grandfather’? It is certainly the first time […]

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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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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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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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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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pam austin with big fleece

Choosing Fleece for handspinning at Knuston Hall

Choosing fleece for handspinning day course at Knuston Hall. See lots of fleece and learn how to pick the best -and what to avoid  – when choosing fleece for handspinning. At this time of year spinners will soon be offered all sorts of newly shorn fleece but sadly the majority of it is totally unsuitable. Spinning […]

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Spin Suri Alpaca, Cashmere, and Sillk this weekend

at Knuston Hall – lovely fibres, lovely place and its not too late to join me and a rare chance to get your hands on Suri alpaca lovely fibres in a lovely place

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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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In Blue-faced Leicester;

This lovely top by Yvonne shows how BFL in its natural shades blends so beautifully – I love it.

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