I live in beautiful East Yorkshire, England and love crafting especially spinning. To use my stash I knit, crochet and weave. However like many crafters I am always exploring linked ideas so I sew, felt and wood turn too.
I have created since I was a toddler. My first earnings was from selling home made dolls’ clothes at primary school. I sewed and knitted my way through college, hemming my dress on the bus to the graduation ball. I have cross-stitched and embroidered, created quilts and silk ribbon pictures. I was (and still am) a poly-crafter.
Just over 10 years ago I was off work with depression.; a dear, dear friend ‘rescued’ me, brought me fibre, resuscitated my ancient, little used spinning wheel. She knew the healing effect of spinning. I made a full recovery from the depression but the addiction to spinning has remained.
Like many people I quickly learnt the basics and was happy spinning a fairly consistent double knitting yarn. Then I attended a course on fancy yarns with Sue McNiven. Suddenly a whole new world opened up, all the techniques used in fancy yarn could help me improve my basic spinning. After I met Priscilla Lowry, an awesome New Zealand historian and silk spinner, there was no holding me back. I signed up for the Certificate of Achievement in spinning and learnt so much. Techniques I never thought I’d master became my favourite, wet spinning flax, silk in all its glorious manifestations and even cotton. I fell back in love with processing my own fibre and now have a wide selection of fleeces, tools for preparation and spinning wheels. I gained a distinction in the COA and and am keen to share my enthusiasm and knowledge to inspire others to spin beautiful yarns.