Monthly Archives: June 2012

Hopsack and twill

During my weekly weaving class, our teacher Colin often takes some time out to do a bit of formal ‘whole class’ teaching (as opposed to letting us follow our individual noses under his careful supervision). Recently, we explored Krokbragd which stimulated lots … Continue reading

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What’s on the loom?

I lug my trusty, ancient, George Maxwell 4-shaft table loom to class each week.  It groans and creaks, and the cords often break but it’s solid and stable. I wouldn’t swap it. What’s on the loom at the moment? My … Continue reading

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My first socks!

I finished my first pair of hand knitted socks yesterday.  I used Zitron Trekking XXL sock yarn, shade 325 (charcoal plum) and the sock kit pattern from Viridian Yarns. It must be beginner’s luck but they fit beautifully, and hopefully … Continue reading

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A loom room with a view

I’m afraid that once I acquired a 4-shaft floor loom (a beautiful Varpapuu Finlandia Countermarche), my only option was to take over the spare room… the one with the best view! There’s never enough room though 🙂

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Learn, practise and spin

In August 2010 I attended a Wingham Wool Work mini-spin course.  I still remember how enjoyable it was.  I finally got to grips with my wheel – a Louet S10.  I learnt to ‘roll and pull’ whilst drafting.  I mastered (albeit temporarily) … Continue reading

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Woven tree

This tapestry hanging was inspired by and adapted from the Ashford Book of Weaving (Project Fourteen, p.169 Jane McKenzie). I wove it many years ago and it remains my OH’s favourite. Re-reading the instructions in the book, it advises using … Continue reading

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Where did it all start?

I first started weaving in January 2002, thanks to my partner John who gave me a course of 10 lessons as a birthday present. One of the best presents ever!  My teacher was Colin Squire and I learnt a fantastic … Continue reading

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