Spring/Summer 2015 Newsletter

Spring/summer 2015 newsletter

After a short break for a spot of reorganisation and a “quick” trip to Australia to see family  I’m gearing up for what will be one of my busiest years as spinning, weaving and felt making continues to grow. I shall be attending a few new events but I’m afraid will only be attending venues that are indoors. Our weather cannot be booked and in the past I have had so many books buckled and wheels and yarns covered in mud at outdoor events. Please visit our courses section on the website for the 2015 programme. I love meeting you all and seeing what you are creating from my materials and equipment.

Please find me on ravelry.com as the threshingbarn and on twitter Threshing-Barn here you will find all my news, blogs and photos.

New stock has arrived from Glimäkra , the Victoria is a 4 shaft table loom the Susanna is a 70cm rigid heddle loom and the Emilia rigid heddle looms come in 2 sizes 350mm and 500mm they are folding looms, come built and varnished and have available 2nd heddles, extra reeds, floor stand and a carry bag.

I have had a new dyeing kitchen built downstairs. So I’m now able to dye larger quantities of tops, fleece, silk and knitting yarns. New wool and fibre blends hand dyed are now my best sellers. I have even sold tops hanging up drying so they never even get packed.

Customers have been asking as I sell equipment can I sell a range of weaving yarns. As I specialise in natural animal fibres I shall be selling alpaca and wool. Other retailers cover a wide range of plant based fibres. A range of 24 rainbow colours in 4 ply pure alpaca are now in stock in 3/11mm count in 450g cones £42.  Perfect for weaving or hand knitting. A range of natural colours and a selection of tweeds are also available. Coming soon are a range of Swedish pure wools for weaving keep an eye on the website.

If you are looking to start weaving on a floor loom the Löuet David has been our best seller this year. It is an 8 harness and comes in 2 sizes 70cm & 90cm. There are 2 major improvements –a new sliding beater and the friction brake for the warp beam comes as standard. Louet will be producing a special edition S40 spinning wheel (known as the hatbox) £470 approx. The new S10 concept spinning wheels gives you the opportunity to combine components into one of twelve basic versions. You can choose out of 3 main wheels, single or double treadle, Scotch or Irish tension. Once you have chosen your wheel you then select your flyer and bobbins.

I shall no longer be distributing for Schacht Spindle.Co. I do however have lots of spares for spinning from bulky flyer kits, bobbins, niddy  noddies. whirls, swifts etc . For weaving I have Flip, cricket and zoom looms, reeds for all looms including wolfs, shuttles, pick up sticks, loom bench  etc. I am offering 10% off 2 Matchless wheels.

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