At one stage I thought finishing my yarn was when I reached the end of the plying. I didn’t appreciate that ‘finishing’ had another meaning altogether. I suspect I was not alone. I spun fibre, plied two singles together, made a skein and it hung straight. Great. Only later did I realise that if it hung… Continue reading Finishing hand spun yarn
Over-twisted yarn I had a lovely time at Yarnfest in Hull recently. Fabulous stalls, friendly stallholders and interested customers. It was good to put faces to names and meet old friends. Thanks to Jean and Karen and East Yorkshire Yarns for organising. I took my double treadle Ashford traditional with a jumbo flyer. It’s perfect… Continue reading Troubleshooting tips for beginner spinners
Hi, You may have noticed a new page on my website for Hawold the Howl. Not sure about you but I love Owls, Owls are fun, Owls are cute, Owls are wise, Owls remind us of the importance of the natural world. Last year I knitted an owl out of hand spun wool, no pattern,… Continue reading Hawold the Howl
I really enjoyed our felt flower workshop the other day. I love the way the gorgeous colours of the fibre blend and blur as it felts. Wet felting is such a tactile experience, rubbing and rolling, seeing the fibres contract and cling to each other. The colours from one layer blend and appear or disappear… Continue reading Felt Flowers
Results from our test washings In July I blogged about my favourite ways of washing a fleece. Since then Alison Daykin and I meet to discuss fleece washing for our book. We discovered we had very different approaches and had come across many more – so to settle our arguments we decided to test a… Continue reading Best Fleece Washing Method ?