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Friday, 5 December 2014

Long time, no Blog.....

It has been so busy, what with teaching, events and family crises that I have barely had time to weave recently, let alone update my blog.
But here at last is a photo of one of my latest creations-a deflected double weave scarf in wool and cotton, fresh from the loom.
This Sunday, December 7th, is the Victorian Christmas Fair at Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, and this year I am donating all my proceeds to Northern Greyhound Rescue. We have had our beautiful rescue greyhound, Tess, for 2 years now, and can't imagine life without her. This organisation does a fabulous job but are always in need of donations and volunteers.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Yarndale in Skipton!

Don't forget it's Yarndale this weekend if you can get to Skipton-just click on the badge on this blog homepage to go straight to the Yarndale website.
As well as my usual yarns and wool batts, I will be taking these fine wool scarves, handwoven in a 16 shaft herringbone design. I really must get that new camera-or a new phone with a better camera on it!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Forthcoming Felt-making Workshop

On Saturday 4th October I shall be running an introductory workshop in making felt fabric from wool fibres, at Fine Yarns wool shop in Horwich, near Bolton. Places are limited, so for more information ring Bridie on 07846 164589 or email me via this blog.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Wonderful Woolfest!

Had a great time again at Woolfest-wonderful to catch up with old friends and make new ones, and put some faces to names! Many thanks to my team of helpers-Pat, Alice and Louise-especially for being such stars at packing up time on Saturday! We were up and away while others were still scratching their heads! Roll on next year!

Friday, 6 June 2014

Saturday, 10 May 2014

New Stock in my Online Shop!

I have been busy on the computer adding lots of new shades in the Estonian wool batts to my Online Shop! There is now a great deal more choice of colours in this beautiful product, which is ideal for all types of wet and dry felt making as well as for spinning on a drop spindle or spinning wheel. Here is just a selection to whet your appetite.

I will shortly be adding my new range of colours in the 8/3 and 8/2 wool yarns, so keep a look out for these.


Wednesday, 23 April 2014


I shall be having a stand again at Woolfest in Cockermouth, June 27/8th and Yarndale in Skipton, September 27/8th so do come along and see me!
I have just had this new delivery of beautiful Estonian yarns and batts-the photos don't do them justice-I need to start using a better camera-and soon!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Tablet Weaving

My first attempt at tablet weaving on the Schacht Cricket loom, in preparation for Anglo Saxon school workshops at the end of this month. A few technical hitches to start with but going well now!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Fine Yarns Wool shop opens in Horwich

My lovely friend Bridie has just opened a brand new wool shop in Horwich, so I just had to pop down and wish her well in her new venture. Photos are a bit blurred as taken on my phone. But all looking fabulous!

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Knit and Stitch Show at the Rheged, Cumbria

This Sunday 6th April I will be at the Rheged exhibition centre in Pentith for the Knit and Stitch event, open from 10am to 4pm.


I shall have a selection of wool yarns and batts and some of the lovely new wool and linen yarns, as well as felt making kits and other textiley bits and bobs. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Gremlins banished....

The website Shop is now working properly again. The problem was due to an update to the plugin interfering with the settings. Oooh! I sound like I know what I am talking about!
All I need to do now is upload details of all the new stock, especially the wool/linen yarns.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Website gremlins.....

Huge apologies to anyone who has been trying to buy any wool or yarn from my website recently-a customer has just alerted me to the fact that it is impossible to proceed to Checkout-I thought things were quiet- so if you would like to order anything just email me and I will process the order that way. I hope to get things sorted out as soon as possible! Grrrrrrr

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Weekend of Weaving at Waddow

Well, the weekend is over and my head is slowly ceasing to spin. Lovely to meet up with weaving friends and make new ones too. I thoroughly enjoyed every exhausting minute of it and have already booked Waddow Hall for a return visit at the same time next year. Quite an assortment of looms, projects, colour schemes and personalities, all rubbing along well together. Roll on next February!

Monday, 17 February 2014

Memories of Traditional Textiles in Peru

I have been preparing a short talk for during this weekends workshop in Clitheroe, and just wanted to share some of the photos I have just rediscovered. Taken in 2008 during our visit to the Centre for Traditional Textiles in Cusco and to two remote weaving communities in the surrounding area, Chinchero and Pitumarca, under the care and guidance of Nilda Callanaupa. Happy days and glorious memories.

Busy, busy, busy....

It's been a hectic few weeks....the horsehair weaving is finished, a shipment of beautiful new wool batts and yarn has arrived (and the website needs updating) and I have been doing lots of teaching.

Below are 2 photos of a scarf designed and woven by Jen, who came for a day of weaving after her husband bought her a day of tuition with me as a Christmas present!
We had a lovely day and the resulting scarf is a wonderful example of what a complete beginner can achieve!

Next on the agenda is the Wonderful Weekend of Weaving at Waddow which takes place this weekend in Clitheroe.
I am looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones as we indulge our passion for weaving in scenic surroundings.
Then I need to update the website with details of all the lovely new stock!

Friday, 27 December 2013

Belated Season's Greetings!

Festive greetings from Tess and the Weave Shed! Now back to work on the horsehair project!

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Horsehair project progress

The first warp length is now off the loom-a 6.3m length and a sample length and I am so pleased with how it looks! It's remarkable how soft and "fluid" the resulting fabric is and there is a definite lustre to the horsehair. The next two 15.5m warp bundles are wound and chained and ready to be beamed!

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Website Shop Changes!

My online Shop is undergoing a facelift-well major surgery actually. It will be much easier for customers to use and for me to maintain, and I am hoping to stock a wider range of exciting woolly products.
For the time being nothing has changed, but watch this space!

Friday, 1 November 2013

New weaving commission

I have finally started on a huge weaving commission for June of Salt after waiting weeks for the cotton yarn to arrive! The warp is crammed and spaced randomly threaded cotton and viscose and the weft is.....horsehair! This makes the weaving extremely slow, as each bundle of horsehair weft must be placed in the shed and positioned by hand! I invented a gadget to help with this, ably constructed by husband Joe. The gadget grasps the group of wefts and holds them together inside an aluminium tube which then acts as a shuttle to pull them across the shed before releasing them in position.
It is painstaking work but the results are stunning!



Monday, 14 October 2013

Knitting and Crochet Event!

I have been asked to publicise the following event, which I am delighted to do-A Celebration of Knitting and Crochet.
Come and join us on Saturday 19th October 2013
10am to 3pm
Accrington Library
St James St, Accrington, BB5 1NQ
Entry £3.00
Tea and cake provided (bring own lunch)
Display of handmade items.
Display of books to borrow.
Join in community knit and crochet projects.
Bring craft magazines to swap.
Bring your own project to work on.
Question and answer session.
See you there!

Regards, and thanks,
Melinda Jackson
Volunteer at Accrington Library

Saturday, 5 October 2013


Tomorrow is Wool Day at Helmshore Mills Textile Museum. Open from 12-5 with lots of woolly activities-spinning, weaving, felt making, knitting and crochet and cute little Ouissant sheep from Greenlands Farm!

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

More of Yarndale!

The lovely alpaca!



A great, busy, hectic, exhausting but exciting weekend at Yarndale, Skipton at the weekend. Photo taken before the hordes rushed in!
Met lots of lovely people, many of whom tried weaving for the first time. Very successful all round.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

The Loom Buggy

It was time to say bye bye to the little old Micra, and hello to a vehicle able to transport looms, wool and Tess the greyhound around the globe.
So here it is-my brand new tiny huge Citroen Nemo van. The opportunities abound! Mobile weaver at your service!

Saturday, 31 August 2013

And also.....

This is my newly completed knitted gansey, made in the Lancashire Farm Wool!
I am very pleased with it, if not with the body inside it, which needs attention, but hey ho!

And the Wonderful Weekend of Weaving at Waddow in February is now fully booked!!

End of summer, new beginnings...

Long time no blog-been a busy summer and autumn is going to be even busier.
I finally finished this double weave runner-another is still on the little 8-shaft loom-and have been knitting small items-bags, gloves etc-to take to Yarndale at the end of September. At the end of October I will be at Stonyhurst College Gift Fair, demonstrating felt making techniques as well as having a stall selling hand woven items and the Estonian and Lancashire Wools.
I have a big commission to weave for Salt in the offing and a new batch of Lancashire Wool throws to produce!
All in all, that little lot should keep me out of mischief together with the teaching.

The picture is a little blurred-I will take a more detailed close-up.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013


Just heard I have been successful in my application for a stand at Yarndale in Skipton at the end of September.
So here I go again! Here is a screenshot image of the flyer for this event.

Monday, 1 July 2013

And now on with fresh plans.....

With scarcely a breath drawn since returning from Woolfest, I am now putting all the plans in place for a weekend workshop to be held at Waddow Hall near Clitheroe from February 21st-23rd next year.
This residential workshop, with full board accommodation in en suite rooms and all refreshments included, will be suitable for all levels from complete beginner upwards. In a small, friendly and informal group you can immerse yourself in weaving for the first time, try a new technique or weave structure or simply enjoy weaving amongst like-minded textile enthusiasts. A loom can be provided if required. Places are strictly limited so email me to express an interest, to enquire in more detail or to book your place.



So it is all over already! A wonderful couple of days-met some amazing people and enjoyed every hectic moment of it. Roll on next year!

Monday, 24 June 2013

Woolfest is nearly here!

Only 4 more days till Woolfest 2013 at Mitchell's Lakeland Livestock Centre in Cockermouth, Cumbria! The event will be open from 10-6 on Friday and 10-5 on Saturday. I am having a stall for the first time (E111) so do come along and say "hello", mention you have visited my blog and you will get a little free gift too!
 If you haven't been to Woolfest before you are in for a real treat-fibres, yarns, equipment, textile demonstrations and lots of fleecy animals plus music and more.