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Spinning and Weaving

Getting Started on a Rigid Heddle Loom

Getting Started on a Rigid Heddle Loom

Ann Dishman is the Chair of the East Sussex Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers and a gifted weaver of Scandinavian-style rugs. Here she explains her technique and how to source the material I have loved spinning and weaving for many years – not the intricate and beautiful weavings of my fellow weavers but the […]

By February 13, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Natural Vegetable Dye Recipes

Natural Vegetable Dye Recipes

For many years Claire Boley has run workshops and exhibited her own hand-spun and hand-knitted creations, and here she reveals the exciting colours available from the typical English garden. You may also be interested in our post about dying with kitchen ingredients too. Dyeing both fleece and hand-spun yarn using natural dyestuff can be interesting […]

How to Give your Clothes a Facelift for Free

How to Give your Clothes a Facelift for Free

Beth Tilston shows how to dye natural fabrics using everyday ingredients most people have in their kitchen. Instead of reaching for that packet of off-the-shelf dye, why not take a look at your own kitchen shelves? It’s actually very likely that you already own the ingredients you need to change the colour of your clothes. […]

By February 17, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
How to Do Peg Weaving

How to Do Peg Weaving

How to do Peg Weaving has caught the public imagination once more as traditional crafts enjoy a deserved renaissance. Fibre Artist, Weaver and Tutor Ann Dishman provides a step-by-step account of peg loom weaving, one of the easier and less expensive introductions to this art A peg loom is certainly one of the easiest looms […]

By January 20, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Making Felt – The Dry Method

Making Felt – The Dry Method

John and Julie Butterworth take us through the 2nd method of making felt – The Dry Method. This method achieves the same end result of interlocking loose fibres to create a fabric, but is a bit less messy, as it’s done by stabbing special felting needles through the (dry) wool fibres to bind them together. […]

By January 9, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
A Feast for All Yarn Addicts

A Feast for All Yarn Addicts

Last Sunday I drove over ‘dem der hills’ into North Yorkshire to visit the much blogged about Yarndale. A woolly feast of colour and textures that leaves any self-confessed wool junkie giddy with excitement and slightly short of breath. def. Yarndale =  n.“A creative festival celebrating all things woolly and wonderful”, Rather humbly, but wholly […]

By October 2, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Hand Spinning Using a Drop Spindle

Hand Spinning Using a Drop Spindle

Claire Boley explains the process of hand spinning using a drop spindle and shows how to make your own spindle without spending a lot of money on a spinning wheel. Home Farmer April 2012 The spindle has been around for many centuries and has been found on numerous archaeological sites around the world, dating back […]

By November 1, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

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