Sue Chitty - Hilltop Owner

Stay alert.  Control the Virus. Save Lives. Whilst the Covid-19 situation changes all our lives and we learn to readjust.  Updated 07.08.2020

Sue Chitty specialises in teaching people to learn how to Spin on a Spinning Wheel or Drop Spindle; Weave on various looms.   These courses are now  starting up again with Covid-19 health and safety precautions taking place.  Please wear a face mask when attending and bring your own picnic lunch and drinking cup.  A visor will be worn by Sue and will be offered to you while the course takes place.  If you have an conncerns, please let Sue know, so that they can be addressed. Disinfectant and hand wash will be available.  One to One courses are run by Sue who earned her Bradford Diploma in Handspinning and Weaving in 1985.  If you are trying to upgrade your skills then email:

Now is the time to get some dyeing done, the days are long and enable good drying conditions outside.  Natural Dyeing using all the parts of plants, a Natural Dye kit £30.  An Indigo Dye Kit at £16 is available.   There is the Easy Peasy Dye Kit for Wool and Silk £22 - 100g fibre/yarn takes10 minutes in a microwave or 30 minutes on your cooking hob to dye.  An Easy Peasy Dye Kit for Cotton £25 which does not need heat but needs preparing of cotton fabric before dyeing.  Postage and packing is not included. Email:

Whilst we all have more spare time at home, let us use it constructively and create something that will distract us from the present situation and put a smile upon our faces again and get through this period of transition.

For an insight on what a One to One course with Sue could entail visit the TUITION page of this web site.

Sue has been an official agent/dealer for the Ashford range of textile equipment, made in New Zealand, since 1990. Sue provides an extensive range of products and offers expert help and advice. Sue has been a spinner, weaver and dyer since 1974.  The retail side of this business is still working via mail order, email: sales or Telephone 01303 862617.  Sue has a range of stock available for sale and can order from her supplier of Ashford goods from New Zealand.  There might be a longer delay than usual because of Covid-19 because the company who manufactures Ashford are in New Zealand, they are coming out of lockdown now.  The rest of the world is in this dilemma so the logistics are  complicated.

I have goods stocks of Knitters Looms which are a folding loom with a bag, which you can fold whilst your weaving work is in progress.  The Knitters Loom pictures seem to have disappeared from my site and I am looking for them.  In the meantime please go to the manufacturer's website - to see how the loom works, they have a tuition video to watch which will prove useful.  The mail order part of my business is working, so phone 01303 862617 leave a message as to when it is convenient to call you back.  Email: and I will get back to you. 

Sue hopes that you enjoy visiting website which Bill created and updated until his death in 2018.  Sue offers a very personal service. 

Telephone 01303 862617 and leave a message if there is no reply or send an email to: 

All Prices Current as at

1 March 2020


Drop Spindle

Easy Peasy Dyes for Wool and Silk - needs heat, hob or microwave

Easy Peasy Dye for Cotton - cold dye

      Natural Dyes

        Feltmaking - Needle Felting or Wet.

We sell Ashford spinning wheels, looms, spare parts and accessories.


Hilltop News

The Knitters Loom is a portable loom that folds up into a bag that enables you to weave on the loom and travel with work in progress.

MERINO prepared woollen top ready to spin or felt.

22 Microns in diameter
1 micron = 1 millionth of a metre
Human hair averages around 45 Microns


Ashford Looms

Ashford Spinning Wheels

Ashford Drop Spindles

We recommend you view these tutorials where a wide range of excellent tuition on pinning, carding, weaving and felt making. These videos and downloadable booklets show basic techniques for textile craftwork and are ideal for anyone new to the spinning and weaving.

Ashford Spinning Wheel Spares


"Sue offers a personal service and like to speak to our customers - please contact us to learn more"