Sue Chitty - Hilltop Owner
As you will all have stocks of unused fibres that need spinning or felting or yarns that need to be knitted, crocheted or woven, Sue is trying to understand where she can help you at home to upgrade your skills to make use of all the stash that is hidden away.
Sue Chitty specialises in teaching people to learn how to Spin on a Spinning Wheel or Drop Spindle; Weave on various looms, Dye - Naturally or with Easy Peasy Dyes; make Felt - Needle felting or Wet felting. These courses are now on hold until restrictions are lifted. One to One courses are usually run by Sue who earned her Bradford Diploma in Handspinning and Weaving in 1985. If you are trying to upgrade your skills then email: email@example.com Take a photo of the work you are producing and describe what you see as wrong and needs improvement, so Sue can understand your problem and you can grow.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 @handpsin.co.uk or Telephone 01303 962617. 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 - www.ashford.co.nz to see how the loom works, they have a tuition video to watch which might 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: email@example.com and I will get back to you.
Sue hopes that you enjoy visiting www.handspin.co.uk website which Bill created and updated until his death in 2018. Sue offers a very personal service and encourages upskilling in a virtual environment.
Telephone 01303 862617 and leave a message if there is no reply or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
All Prices Current as at
1 March 2020
Easy Peasy Dyes for wool, silk and cotton.
A range of spinning wheels, looms, spare parts and accessories.
Hilltop Spinning and Weaving Centre supplies them all.
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