Tag: long draw

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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Semi-circular shawl on 5m KnitPro circular needles

The HapHazard Knitters are starting new semi-circular shawls now that everyone has finished their Shetland Haps…mine is in a finish “Water Yarn’ a mix of hand-dyed merino tops plyed with silk to preserve the colour sequence and knitted on size 5 KnitPro circular needs

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Open Farm Sunday

I will be spinning at Open Farm Sunday -A great day out for all the family, tractor rides, lunch, local produce for sale and lots of things to see and do on the farm – Bees, Leicesterlongwools, Hens, Alpaca, as well as the Spinning Demonstration

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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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A relaxing way to encourage and support long draw spinning…

  (hope it works)

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Long draw spinning straight from the fleece

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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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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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Lunch with a Tudor Lady

You can meet this delightfully informative and entertaining visitor from the Tudor period at lunch time on 8th April at Loddington Visitor Centre* when provides a fun interlude to our learn to long draw workshop. Elizabeth will give a 45 minute talk; she arrives dressed in Tudor clothes with three baskets of ‘things’ along with her […]

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First spinning at Barnsdale Gardens

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Barnsdale Gardens inspires its first long draw spinner….

…after only two lessons! The Eucalytus bark provides a lovely contrast to the yarn

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Spigelian pullover looks a bit pale

The jury is out as to whether my latest pullover is too pale….no point in knitting the whole thing only to decide it doesn’t tick the boxes. The yarn is a mix of Jacob, Blue faced Leicester and Alpaca fibres.

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a first spinning – Rugs in Wensleydale and Jacob

These two rugs demonstrate extremes of weaving – left hand one is made from spun and unspun Wensleydale fleece and woven on a peg loom; on the right is a fine quality rug in handspun, high twist  Jacob, and was woven on an eight shaft floor loom. Both rugs have had about five years’ wear […]

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learn to spin – long draw for rug yarn

Here is  Ruth making rug yarn on her second lesson at Woolly day 22nd Feb. She is making a lovely long draw, straight from the fleece on only her second lesson. She is a busy farmer’s wife and wants to learn how to make rugs from her own Leicester Longwool fleece. Some rugs will be […]

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Another first spinning at lesson two

This is my fourth pupil this week to hold her own skein of first spinning on her second lesson  – yes, only one previous lesson! During February four of my pupils have learned to spin long draw in their first lesson!Click  on the picture to see the quality of this yarn – what a privilege […]

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Joy in teaching – pictured at lesson 2

It gives me so much pleasure to share in the moment when you hold your very first skein of long drawn spinning – if you would like to learn or can long draw and would like to help others to learn then see events in April…this lovely first spinning is in Blue Faced Leicester and […]

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Singles for the Spig. pullover

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Three handed spinner

Vicki took this picture at the last Tuesday workshop: Spin on Something Different – The country spinner was in big demand – especially for art yarns. This one was dyed at the previous Tuesday workshop.. such yarns are useful for Rigid Heddle weaving which we will be doing at the next Weaving Retreat in April 

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natural born long draw spinners

The world has more long draw spinners following my course at Knuston Hall

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Spin your own yarn – Beginners long draw

Learn the long draw technique and how to spin beautiful fibres into lovely yarn.  Wheels, wool and alpaca fibre are provided, so no previous experience or equipment is necessary. This is a relaxing and informal course led by two inspirational tutors, for beginners or spinners who want to become more accomplished and creative. Come along […]

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