Posts tagged ‘spinning’

July 4, 2014

Unwind Brighton 2014

Just over a week to go until the biggest yarn/fibre fest that Brighton has ever seen. Forget the Knitting & Stitching show, this event is bringing together the very best in indie dyers, tutors from far and wide, knitters from further and wider and little ol’ me complete with busted ankle running the Spinning Surgery. Being held in the Friends Meeting house spinners will be able to drop in from 10 til 4 and experience some of Britains finest Rare Breed fleece as well as Sussex alpaca.
I will have a blending board, silks, tencel and lots of hand dyed curls to play with.
Bring your wheel or spindle and sit a while, experiment with the very best of British wool. Take away portions will be available.

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May 3, 2013

Spring Garden and Leisure Show Ardingly 2013

Last years show was one of the wettest on record and was literally a wash out for many of the traders. This year it looks like the sun is paying us visit and I may well need a sunhat & suncream. The East Sussex Guild Weavers,Spinners & Dyers will as usual be demonstrating their skills with members from other local guilds. We will be in a marquee near the alpaca show.Image

I will be there on Sunday demonstrating needle felting and broomstick crochet.

The show is also open on Bank Holiday Monday.

June 10, 2012

South of England Show 2012

Friday saw me trudging through the mud in my wellies to the Plumpton College Farmyard marquee, mud, mud glorious mud, well at least the pigs were happy! We had a few issues with college staff opening the side of  the marquee which meant the spinners and weavers were in a gale force wind but after the students moved us to other end of tent we were a lot happier for a while…..

Above us a section of the roof had come unlaced and now we had a gale blowing down our necks….

The weather hadn’t put off the visitors, I’ve never seen so many varieties of welly boots in one place-my peg loom rug was growing apace and looking rather smart. The cheviot fleece I’d bought at Heathfield show from the Sheep Show folk is rather gorgeous, money well spent for sure. The shearing team had managed to keep the sheep dry so the shearing demontrations could go ahead, led by Phil Hart they were shearing some lovely Northern mule lambs so the fleece were rather nice and 2 managed to find their way into my car???

The spinners battled on regardless of the wind howling around us and clanging metal on metal, it was deafening making conversation almost impossible. We were risk assessed later on in the afternoon and the part of the tent I had issues with was then laced back up and a little later I realised there was a man on the roof!

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Saturday was a much drier and less windy day so I set off in my winter Crocs to the WI tent to do my stints at stewarding there. The ladies were all so friendly and made me feel welcome (only been a member for 3 months). The tea tent next door was busy too and frankly the least expensive cuppa to be found!

I caught up with my good friend Pat for a quick bite to eat before she had to don her pinny and get back to tea tent. I had a bit of a mooch before I resumed stewarding and taking in the entries before me. The work involved in the entries was amazing and I only hope I can reach the standards I saw in that marquee.

Shifts over Pat & I had another look around, picked up a few bargains in flower tent before wending our way home, weary, worn out but happy. Hearing all the comments about my octopus was worth all the knitting!

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May 23, 2012

A Day in the life of me

Being self employed, each day brings new challenges and opportunities. Some days I have to prioritise as there are just too many things to do. Of course the days have to revolve around ‘work’ my hour long visits to nursing homes where I try & get the residents moving a bit. With this lovely weather it’s a joy to be able to wash & dye fleece & get it dry all in a day, beats smelly fleece hanging over the shower! (yes I really do).

Today I had to mail a few parcels off to lovely customers of mine, catch up on laundry, wash & dye fleece, Lichen yellows, silver grey & moss green. That was the last of the Teeswater fleece. Our guild was invited to apply as spinning extras in a new Disney film so I had my landlady take some pics of me & have sent them off.

I planted 3 tomato plants in the garden along aith some tiny saplings I was given at the Spring show.

Now I have to make sure I have all my work equipment in the car for an exciting session near Nutley after which we spend half an hour cutting out pics for some collages we’re working on.

After that I shall putting my other caring hat on to look after a young lady with special needs.

It’s all go and never a dull moment.Image

May 8, 2012

From Highland cow to string

During an exceptionally quiet moment at the Spring show I volunteered to spin some fibre from the gorgeous Highland cows that were enjoying the attention of many visitors to their pen. I had the chance to stroke one or two of them and was surprised at how soft they were. Unfortunately the bag of fibre I was given was not so soft but undeterred I had a go. Suffice to say I ended up with hand spun string!ImageImage

May 2, 2012

South of England Spring Garden and Leisure Show 6th/7th May

I’ve been dyeing fleece and yarn ready to take to this event which is the biggest one I’ve ever done! Last weekend at The Hop farm, Paddock Wood the weather made people stay away so I’m hoping that this weekend it is rather less damp. I’m sharing a space with my mate Lamingtonlass (Sheena) in the Access the Countryside area just off the Blue Gate. We’ve both been very busy preparing for this so hopefully we’ll sell out!

The East Sussex Guild Weavers,Spinners and Dyers will also be there near the alpaca show so all in all it wil be a good show.

October 26, 2011

East Sussex Guild Weavers, spinners and dyers exhibition 28th 29th October

Our bi-annual exhibition takes place in Lewes Town Hall this Friday and Saturday. Amazing exhibition of work as well as traders from around the country. Items for sale made by the members of the guild. Refreshments served throughout the day with homemade cakes available too.
Just £2.00 entry, students and children free.

October 22, 2011

Teeswater curly locks for Blythe doll hair

The beautiful fleeces I purchased in Yorkshire are in the process of being transformed into lustrous colourful locks. It’s time consuming, washing the fleeces but what a transformation! I’m especially loving the way the Teeswater morphs into these amazing spirals.
I’ve dyed about 8 different batches now, the falling leaves and pewter have to be my favourites so far, although the Barbie pink locks have been popular with Blythe doll collectors. I had never heard of Blythe dolls until a lady in Thailand purchased some locks and I inquired as to what she was going to do with them (I’m nosy I know). Anyway she sent me pics of the first doll to be re-rooted and she was so cute I could see why they are collected around the world. My pink curls made for stunning ‘hair’.
The washed and undyed curls of the Masham will make great beards for Santa and the natural black Wensleydale will be great for felted gnomes. It’s great when buyers show me what they have done with the fleece, I have a better understanding then of their needs.
Of course all the locks can be spun into a worsted yarn or woven on a peg loom or tapestry frame.
Barbie pink
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September 29, 2011

Nymans Gardens Green event this weekend 1st and 2nd Oct

The East Sussex Guild of Weavers, spinners and dyers will be at Nymans this weekend taking part in their Green event. It looks like the weather will be on our side this year, wall to wall sunshine. Come along, enjoy the beautiful gardens and check out our spinning and weaving demonstrations.

July 23, 2011

Ringmer Village Societies, groups and businesses fair today

The village hall will be packed out today from 10am til 2pm with local clubs, businesses and societies most of which use the hall on a regular basis. I shall be there to promote my workshops and very local yarn from Roger and Dave.

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