Welcome to Hilltop Spinning and Weaving

Welcome and thank you for visiting my website.

My name is Sue Chitty. I have had a passion for handspinning, weaving and dyeing all my adult life, earning my Bradford Diploma in Handspinning and Weaving in 1985. I started my business in 1990 to enable me to share my skills and expertise, specialising in teaching how to spin on a wheel or drop spindle or weave on various looms.

I also provide other enthusiasts with an easily accessible way of purchasing specialist equipment, being an official agent for the extensive Ashford range of textile equipment, manufactured in New Zealand. Ashford wheels were first made in 1934 by the owner Walter. The Traditional wheel can be found throughout the world and over 350,000 have been sold.

My aim is to provide a friendly and relaxed personal experience for all customers, whether beginners, those with some experience or those of you with advanced skills.

Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic continues, I am open for one to one courses by appointment. I am fully vaccinated and booster jabbed. I am here ready to help you whether you want to start afresh spinning or weaving or upcycle your skill level, or refurbish your present Ashford equipment or just need advice. I am always happy to answer email queries or chat about your requirements.

I can offer a special occasion one to one course for 3 or 5 hours so you can prepay for a spinning, weaving or dyeing course for the recipient to make their own arrangements whenever convenient. See Tuition page for more details on the black bar across the page.

Your continued good health is the priority. See above right, NEWS and Covid 19 for latest details.

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“Sue’s 1:1 spinning workshop is fabulous, she’s so knowledgeable about all aspects of yarn and textile production. Also very patient when I was getting to grips with carding and the spinning wheel after 20 years gap. Thanks Sue” Alison – November 2021

Thank you so much for an extremely informative and helpful 5 hour course. Your experience and understanding of the craft is second to none which meant that we had all we needed to go on to work independently. Sue is patient so you don’t feel under pressure and she recognises when you do or don’t need help. We would totally recommend having tuition with Sue. Once again thank you Sue from Emily and Sam. October 2021.