Category: Weaving

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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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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Woolly Day

 

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The kitchen is well equipped too!

We particularly liked the dishwasher and large fridge. The draped pashmina visible through the hatch is by Frances – she started it at weaving school in April 2014 and wove two lovely pieces. It was interesting to see the effect of adding just one extra thread in the weft.

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Weaving for beginners

you can make a cushion cover in shades to match your chair in just two days at my Weaving for Beginners course in February 2014 – see events – In this one I started with a  new ball of wool from Uppingham yarns and wove in left over handspun yarns, bits of silk and slivers […]

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Manage colour before it manages you*

In November we looked at how to manage colours using Tints, Tones and Shades. In December we painted primaries and mixed secondary colours for our own colour wheels and could then see the complementary of each colour. Next month we are dyeing and  exploring ways to use complementary colours. Last tuesday Rachel  explained how the differing wavelengths […]

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A Party for Spinners, Weavers and Dyers; Saturday 28th December

Festive Woolly Day will be held at my new venue for workshops: Loddington Visitor Centre. Bring your wheel and something for lunch – leftover mince pies? mulled wine? and enjoy a party you haven’t had to organise. – Never been to Spinningschool? No problem -you’ll be with warm, welcoming people who just like doing woolly things; no subscriptions, […]

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Pink Heart rug

Ann brought her heart shaped rag rug to Woolly Day. It’s in is a lovely warm choice of analogous colours  and, along with other ‘meaningful’ textiles, contains her  deceased mother’s favourite red coat. 

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Jacob rug commission

‘Dear Pam, I’s so pleased I ordered the Jacob rug at the Fernie Fair. It has a lovely thick heavy feel about it and will be enjoyed for many years. I put it on the floor in our lounge to show Sarah and our Labrador came in and lay down on it and went to […]

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Tuesday Spinningschool Workshops on the move!

SpinningSchool Tuesday workshops have moved. From now on all Tuesday workshops(second Tuesday in the month) will  take place at the The Allerton Project Visitor Centre, Loddington, LE7 9XE. This new award-winning sustainable building will provide an inspiring opportunity to develop our  educational activity; it seats 70, is spacious and light, has superb conferencing, wi-fi, disability […]

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Weaving school pictures

Rachel did some more work on her home-made tapestry loom

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This Jacob rug

was completed at Weaving School last week

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Jacob rug on the Ashford 4 shaft loom

Kate told me that to weave stripes that never fail to please the eye all I need to do is add the width of the previous two stripes together with a constant number in between. In this twill rug I started off with 10″ dark jacob 1/2 ” mixed, 1″ dark jacob, 1″ mixed, 1″ dark, 1.5″ mixed, 1 dark jacob, 2.5″ mixed. 1 […]

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Try my Knitters loom at Fibre East this weekend

My Knitters loom will be waiting for beginners to Have a Go at Weaving in the marquee at Fibre East. 

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Ashford workshop

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Warped at last

After Kate’s inspiring demonstration at my Ashford Workshop on Wednesday I warped up my knitters loom today – using her lacing method – it’s very easy to do but looks a bit askew on my picture – the reason being my knotted loops are all different lengths,,,,

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Multi-talented at Woolly day

A record twelve people came to our Woolly Social Day yesterday and displayed an amazing diversity of skills besides knitting and spinning. Vivian , an acclaimed botanical artist (as well as a long draw spinner) brought  3 prints from her latest collection – (sadly my photography does not do them justice). Rosalind brought two hand […]

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Are you free for lunch this Saturday?

 Like a day out on Saturday 28th April? Then  our Woolly social day in Stoke Albany Village Hall – any time between11am and 4pm is just the thing for anyone who likes crafts or doing ‘woolly things’. Just come and browse the Show Case and see what people do- you never know, you may  be inspired. […]

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More fuits of the loom

We all enjoyed seeing Rachel’s first weaving come off the loom on Tuesday it was really lovely – even if it was two feet longer than she thought it would be…. 

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