Newsletter Winter/Spring 2017

I have still not moved yet, so am using my new workshop in Reeth for storage and working there from time to time. So I am still running my business from the mill in Sedbergh. I’ve been busy working on my new house whilst its empty, replacing some wooden window frames, decorating and having the electricians replace some lighting. So its been good to make a mess and it doesn’t have to be tidied up all the time 

 The world is still very busy weaving and I’m thrilled to have supplied floor looms to colleges, who are creating the next generation of weavers. Ashford have reintroduced their JACK loom with a 97cm. 38” weaving width, 8 shafts, 10 treadles and lots of new refinements. The price will be approx. £3000 delivered to mainland UK. I am taking orders now for the 1st deliveries. 

VAV weaving magazine from Sweden has arrived and will be for sale at the workshop and shows. I also ordered the back copy “ Tweed “ as it a special issue based on production of the cloth in Scotland, the Outer Hebrides, Shetland etc.

PLY magazine continues to grow from strength to strength with over 112 pages of high quality articles written by professionals. The last few months has seen an explosion of new subscriptions to individuals and guilds. If you haven’t seen the magazine and would like a complementary copy for a donation to your chosen local charity, then contact me. Unfortunately, the cost of the magazine has increased due to costs, freight and exchange rates. 

I’ve had fun creating lots of new kits for 2017 from mixed wool and mohair yarn packs, needle felting landscape kits inspired by Borrowdale and Castlerigg Stone Circle in the Lake District. I am now working on drawings of several locations in Swaledale and Wensleydale, or that’s my excuse for going out walking with a sketch pad.

Stock of GAYWOOL DYES has arrived ready for the new season of shows. For all you Indie dyers the dyes are also available in 1 kilo packs as well as the standard sizes. My dye pans have been very busy creating gradient packs and mixed wool and mohair hanks creating beautiful contrasts of texture and colour. 

We try to reuse our packaging so am very pleased with our new weaving kits made from the double walled Louet packaging boxes, cut up by a local carpenter. There are 2 sizes and come with warp cotton, mixed selection of yarns and instructions.

Textile necklaces have been created from beads made from layers of pre felt and embroidered with threads. Using hand dyed woollen knitted tubing I have made necklaces with felted woollen beads pushed inside and spaced apart with knots. I retail these from the workshop, the Craftworkshop and Farfield Mill in Sedbergh.

Looking forward to seeing the playful lambs in the fields around the mill. Spring is on its way and the lanes of the Lake District will be covered in snowdrops, daffodils and catkins.