Tag: spinning

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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Mentoring day new spinners

Mentoring day for new spinners who would like a little guidance, help or inspiration to find what brings them joy in spinning. Includes vegetarian lunch, fresh fruit, coffee and drinks. Number limited to 6 pupils who want to gain insight into their own creativity, progress and skill. Bring your wheel, current project, past work and […]

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Doodler shawl by Erica

This fabulous work reminds me of sunrise straking out across an imaginary landscape. It is worked by my Knitting Advisor, Erica. Also in the picture is Val who teaches long draw spinning in the Leicester area. Erica told me The pattern for the shawl is called ‘the Doodler’ and is byStephen West – it is […]

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Wheel Bracelets a unique new way to secure spinning wheels

Wheel bracelets a unique new way to secure spinning wheels for transport or when not in use are now available in my shop. These high quality handmade bracelets from Celtic Leathers (Wales) prevent the flyer falling off or thread getting into a tangle on Ashford Traditional and other wheels which are supported from a stock. […]

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Christmas Day for Spinners

Bring your wheel and party with people who like what you like.

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Tudor hand spinner to visit Knuston Hall Spinners

Tudor Hand spinner to visit Knuston Hall spinners at the Beginners Long draw workshop on 4th October at 2.00pm. Talk includes informal spinning demonstrations and tea  with home-made cakes at 4.00pm. Booking, only through Pam Austin’s  Spinning School, is essential. This lady gives a convincing insight into what life was like for the majority of […]

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Long draw spinning course

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 […]

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Mohair locks and Blue faced Leicester top

Mohair locks and blue faced leicester top went into this yarn made by Jane who attended my lBeginners Long Draw day at  Knuston on 6th September. “Inspired by your session at Knuston last week, I made a skein using the lovely dyed curls carded  into some blue faced Leicester top. After spinning, I plied using […]

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spin wool and alpaca yarn

Spin Wool and Alpaca Yarn

Spin Wool and Alpaca Yarn Learn to spin wool and alpaca yarn, 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 qualities of a […]

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first wednesday workshop

Art yarn coils and boucle Knuston

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 […]

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Spin Away Weekend

Spin Away Weekend retreat for spinners, weavers, dyers, knitters and felters at the light, warm and spacious Visitor Centre at Loddington. Designed for those with some knowledge of their craft, this could be a weekend to Dye for. Or the perfect answer to a those just Dying for a weekend away. Plenty of peace and space to enjoy woolly things […]

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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 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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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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Natural Dyeing

Natural dye workshop: dyeing with weld, indigo, and madder with Judy Hardman. Judy is amusing, 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 […]

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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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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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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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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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