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  • It's never too late to change direction in life and customer Jo Aylwin is living proof! Before training as a solictor, Jo had discovered weaving as a student in Norway in 1975. Although in love with the craft, she did not encounter weaving again for another 30 years. The workshop she attended at UCA Farnham in 2005 rekindled her interest and now sh

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  • Understanding a little about colour theory can help you to decide which colours to choose for art or craft projects. The success of a project, whether it be woven cloth or a watercolour painting, can be determined by choosing the best colour relationships. Primary Colours The primary colours red, yellow and blue are the only colours that cannot be

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  • Prepared Wool Fibres Wool fibres that have been washed and carded into a roving are commonly known as Wool Tops. The fibres are prepared so that the wool tops are consistent in their staple length and count. The Bradford count of fibre fineness is sometimes used in the UK to define a wool top: the higher the count, the finer the top. The staple len

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  • Understanding Weaving Loom Shed The shed is the space between raised and lowered warp threads in which the weft passes through. Floor looms have a range of mechanisms for creating the shed; each has its benefits and disadvantages. The shed shown in the image right demonstrates how the warp is lifted and separated. This small loom creates a shed usi

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  • We had great fun making this fish at an experimental tapestry weaving workshop. You can use any flexible materials to weave, so exploring the craft doesn't have to be expensive. For this project we used lengths of left over yarns and wool tops, the technique would work equally well with ribbons, laces, string or strips of plastic carrier bag.  

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  • The Fibrecrafts reeled silk is the finest quality filament silk, containing 25% sericin and suitable for silk papermaking or couching. After degumming, the silk fibre can be dyed and spun to a lustrous yarn. The Silk Throwsters Waste, Carded Cocoon Strippings, Silk Carrier Rods and Cocoons all contain the naturally occuring sericin which is the ‘

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  • Karen Malledent sent us this great photo. 'Thought you might like a photo of my daughter wearing one of my creations using your merino and blue faced Leicester (the one I dyed yellow using your acid dyes). I call this the 'Pineapple Hat'!' Karen has hand spun dye wool tops, and hand dyed and spun Blue Faced Leicester to create this hat which is con

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  • This Mohair Loop Yarn just has to be seen and felt! It is luxuriously soft and knits into a sumptuous scarf - ideal for Christmas presents. The scarf was knitted by Allison Holland using the basic knit stitch on size 10mm Surina wooden needles. She cast on 12 stitches and used one 100gm hank. Don't worry if you can't knit very well (Allison is a co

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  • The Fibrecrafts Merino wool tops have a long fibre length which means that it can be knitted or crocheted without being spun, to create a thick, dense knitted fabric ideal for making Afghan squares, scarves and hats. If you would like to learn how to knit, please visit our "Knitting, Casting On" page to get started! The wool tops are delivered to u

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  • These notes appear originally on the Yahoo Group 'Natural Dyes' and have been reproduced with the kind permission of the author, Dick Huset. "Three years ago after a trip up to the arctic where the big lichen 'ears' have been an emergency food source for eons, I experimented back at home to add new color to my wife's yarn palette. Started with Cast

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  • Delicious oddments of yarns, the simple tool of a crochet hook and a piece of rug canvas can pave the way to making an original designer hand bag. This bag, made by Coralie Miles, shows the exciting colours and textures that can be achieved from breaking 'the rules'. Coralie hand spun her yarns using both natural coloured and dyed wool tops, creati

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  • There is a strong relationship between the fittings on the spinning wheel and the type of yarn easily produced. This explains why many spinners have more than one wheel. The working unit on all modern spinning wheels is the combination of the flyer (the 'U' shaped piece) and the bobbin on to which the yarn is wound as well as the whorl. The bobbin

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  • Pat Hodge bought her spinning wheel from Fibrecrafts in September 2002 and set about learning to spin under expert tuition from Phyllis Funnell. Here she proudly shows off her hand-knitted sweater made from the yarn she has spun from Jacob and Shetland fibres. Well done Pat!

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  • Phyllis Funnell sports her Moebius scarf knitted from a pattern in the 'Treasury of Magical Knitting'. She hand spun the super soft yarn from grey Alpaca. In hindsight, we should have taken more photos of this lovely lace knitted scarf but we are delighted to have a photo of the modest Phyllis at last! Both the Alpaca fibre and book are available f

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  • Hand-dyed, Silk Boucle Scarf Jo's hand-dyed Italian Silk Boucle knitted scarf was featured on page 15 of the 2006 Fibrecrafts Catalogue (pictured here, below). She dyed the yarn using the microwave method of low water immersion dyeing with acid dyes before knitting it into this pretty scarf. Slub Yarn Scarf Jo, who works here at George Weil & S

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  • Sue Noble from Dulwich College Preparatory School sent us these great pictures of weavings made by the 7 to 9 year old boys who attend her popular club. The boys have been very creative using the chunky coloured wool yarns from Traub. Here are some examples of their work

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  • Defining how you will use your Spinning Wheel is the key to a successful choice. The three main pointers are discussed in general terms below. First, decide on how much travelling the spinning wheel will do. Is it being carried around and taken by car and by air? Consider also whether the wheel will be used for production rate spinning and whether

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  • The choice of a weaving loom is very personal. Many factors influence the decision and these are discussed in general terms below. Equipment costs and the type of weaving loom has to be considered along with the type of fabric to be produced. Loom design is a series of compromises. A balance has to be made between overall size, accessibility in dre

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  • The transformation of fibre into a yarn is a very satisfying process. Once the techniques have been mastered, it is very gratifying to watch a yarn form on the hand spindle or spinning wheel bobbin. There is an abundance of information available for beginners. The Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers is an excellent place to start.

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  • The autodenter is most helpful for sleying the reed when threading the warp onto the weaving loom ‘back-to-front’. You can work left-to-right or right-to-left across the reed, whichever your handedness prefers. The autodenter Looking at the autodenter you will see that it is made of two distinct parts, a wooden handle with two short metal ‘fi

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