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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!



Fibres 18-Jun-2018

What kind of fibres can I spin?

Natural fibres like flax (linen) and cotton,  wool (from sheep), hair (from Llama, Alpaca, Horse, Human, Rabbit (Angora), goat (Cashmere, Angora), Yak and a wide range of manmade fibre.

Which is the easiest to spin?

We think a wool staple of 4 to 5 inch/ 10 to 13cm long. Wool, under a microscope, is scaly, see picture below.



Help 18-Jun-2018
CHOOSING A FLEECE


Spinning Parts 18-Jun-2018

QUALITY, RELIABILITY AND DURABILITY

The key to success has been Ashford’s devotion to quality, reliability and durability. Only the best of materials are used. There is also a continual process of improvement and innovation in design, while retaining the aesthetic appeal of a graceful spinning wheel. The Ashford range of wheels allows spinners the ability to spin fine, bulky and novelty yarns from all types of fibre.



Web Links 18-Jun-2018

Google is great, so they tell us, but sometimes what you’re looking for is on page 756 so to make life a little easier we have listed a few web sites that we have found useful or interesting. Just click on the web address and you will be whisked away - don’t forget to come back though. If you can recommend a web site let us know and Sue will add it to the list..

ORGANISATION

BBC TV Programmes

 

WHAT THEY DO



TIPS AND TRICKS 14-Jun-2018

We are here to help. We hope that this page helps resolve some problems. If it does not, then please contact us and we will do our best to help.



Tuition 14-Jun-2018

I have always wanted to learn how to SPIN, KNIT, WEAVE, DYE or make FELT

If these are craft skills that you want to learn then a ONE TO ONE course with Sue is the perfect answer.



Weaving 14-Jun-2018

Neith was a goddess of war and of hunting and had as her symbol, two crossed arrows over a shield. Her symbol also identified the



Complaints and Returns 14-Jun-2018

1. All items purchased from Hilltop Spinning and Weaving Centre, here after referred to as Hilltop, are covered by Hilltop’s ‘No Quibble’ Guarantee. In addition items produced by Ashford Handicraft Ltd, Ashburton, New Zealand are guaranteed by them.

2. Items delivered by Royal Mail, ParcelForce or other agents should arrive intact and undamaged.

3. If this is not the case please inform us by;

a. telephone:  01303 862617
b.  email: complaints@handspin.co.uk
c.  letter to:



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