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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 – 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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Twist workshop

Twist workshop. Learn how to tell the difference and how to Andean, Navajo and novelty ply. Y spin Z? Why do we normally spin Z and not S? Can you tell the difference? What is Andean plying or Navajo plying? And which does one use when, and why?  All these questions will be answered in […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Weaving Retreat -Colours to Dye for

A new weaver plans to use this log as her inspiration and thought she may have to do some dyeing but  we have yarns, and colours to suit everyone …..

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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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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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Two peg looms at woolly day

Rachel and Jane brought their peg looms to woolly day

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Woolly Day

Bring your spinning, knitting or craft and spend a day with inspiring and like-minded people in this lovely old village school hall. Bring finished items for display or some ‘work in progress’ to talk about. Enjoy a shared lunch – in the lovely clean and fully equipped kitchen, plenty of close parking and disabled access/facilities […]

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