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Secondhand Ashford Traditional Spinning Wheel 16-Sep-2019

This wheel has been refurbished and is ready to start spinning.  Sue offers one to one tuition to get you started, you will need 2-3 hours to lern to spin.  The Ashford Traditional Spinning Wheel is a good workhorse, the price includes 4 bobbins, one new upright lazy kate to hold 3 bobbins, the other bobbin is on the wheel.  You need 3 bobbins to spin a plied yarn for knitting. This wheel is assembled and cannot be sent by post, collection is the best way to see the wheel, bring a blanket with you so you do not damage the interior of your vehicle or the wheel on the journey home. 

The price is £175.



MERINO 23-Jun-2018

MERINO

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



CORRIEDALE 23-Jun-2018

CORRIEDALE

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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