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Knitters Loom 21-Apr-2020

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.

The Knitters Loom works on the rigid heddle reed principle with a heddle that moves up and down to open alternate warp threads whilst taking the weft yarn from left to right in the shed/opening with a wooden shuttle.

The Knitters Loom is available in various widths namely:

30cm/12”  at £237  or 50cm/20”  at £271 and 70cm/28” at £322

The Knitters Loom price includes:

Carry bag which is able to take the extra accessories required when weaving.



MERINO WOOLLEN TOP 23-Jun-2018

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



CORRIEDALE WOOLLEN TOPS 23-Jun-2018

CORRIEDALE prepared woollen tops ready to spin or felt.

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



Dyeing Tuition 20-Jun-2018

People Ask if I use dyes. My answer is all the time!



Ashford Spinning Wheel Spares 19-Jun-2018

We can supply component parts for Ashford wheels old and new.

That means everything from a wheel to a screw.  If you are unsure exactly which part you need then please contact us.

If it helps then send a picture of the broken part or area on the wheel where the part is broken or missing via email or post.

To help further look at the picture on the SPINNING PAGE where there is a picture of a wheel with its major parts named.



Ashford Compatibility Chart 19-Jun-2018

Below is Ashford’s latest parts compatibility chart. We realise the text is quite small but if you copy and paste it onto a landscape document the text size will improve. Alternatively go to the following web page.



Yarns 18-Jun-2018

Hand spun yarns for weaving?



Feltmaking 18-Jun-2018

Wet Felting for Wool and Silk Fibres.

Needle Felting for ANY type of Fibre.


Actually a single project might use both techniques successfully.

Wet felting fibres is an ancient craft method used to make items large and small.

Needle felting was devised by industry to felt manmade fibres as the wet method cannot be used. Crafters use needle felting to stiffen felt into 3D shapes. The needle has barbs that catch the individual fibre enabling it to be tangled with other fibres. The technique is very quick, just be careful of the sharp needle point - it hurts!



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