Tag: first spinning

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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Dyeing and spinning silk

Dyeing and spinning silk workshop had an interesting event when a candidate who had never spun before spun this silk and an Ashford traditional wheel. She watched the demonstration about how to spin a long worsted draw  – yes, a long worsted draw, not two inches  but a satisfying long arms length worsted draw! – and […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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long draw on a drop spindle

Long draw on a drop spindle. This was Mary’s challenge at Woolly day.

Long draw on a drop spindle was Mary’s challenge at Woolly Day. If you want to learn how to do this then the latest edition of  Yarnmaker tells you how. Mary did very well with her new 70m Ashford spindle –  she came with her Grandma who is spinning on her great aunts’ wheel. I […]

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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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Rising star at Bedford Arts and Crafts

Rising star at Bedford Arts and Crafts

This rising star learned to spin in just 30 minutes last week – she will be demonstrating her new found skill in the Have A Go marquee at Fibre East next week

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First spinner at the Community of the Holy Cross

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Another new long draw spinner

who has also taught her two daughters – hopefully we will have some young spinners demonstrating at Fibre East this year

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