Summer Heat !!

Gosh, hasn't it been hot here and for more than a few days in a row....believe me this is very unusual for Scotland.  Quite a few days its been over 30 degrees with very little breeze.

Because the sun has been out, I have been washing Wallaby Fibre and letting it dry in the sun.  I then have been making poonies with it on the blending board  mixing it with fine Haunui Half Breed fibre from New Zealand.  I import the Wallaby from an ethically run farm in Australia.  


How to wash Wallaby:-

Fill a bucket very full with hot water.  Once full, add 5 squats of a lavender hand wash and gently mix into the water.   Add a handful of the wallaby fur and gently push down.   Leave for about 10 minutes to soak up the water, then give it a gentle stir and leave to rest for a hour.  I then drained it out through a sieve.   I spread it out on the decking and let the sun do the rest.

The blending board is from Majacraft and the blending brush is from Golden Fleece  - perfect conbination. 

A couple of pictures of my pets.  Beautiful Belted Galloway Cows and a view on the farm.

I would love to post some of your photos on my blog of your creations, especially if using something that you have purchased from me.   Send me an email if you are interested.

BritSpin - Team Wheel Ewe

The first ever British Wool Spinning Marathon is a challenge event linked to UK Wool Week, taking place in October 2018.   How exciting....

The Wheel Ewe are putting together a team of 10 people to take part.   Lesley Brisco, who attended last years Retreat in Edinburgh, is our Team Captain.  Why not be one of the 10 and join us for 4 fun days of spinning.

BritSpin is a 4 day event and will start at 12.01am on Thursday 11 October and finish at Midnight on Sunday 14 October BST.   It is in conjunction with Ravely and the winning team spins the most yarn.

Each member of the team will receive a 'goodies box' of fibres of over 300 grams  and there will be spot prizes as well.

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Shetland Visit

I have had the most wonderful few days.   I flew up to Sumburgh, Shetland to meet up with Dj Stefek (one of the tutors on the Retreat in October in Exeter UK).   The weather was AMAZING and I just loved Lerwick and Shetland.   

The food was fabulous, Brian, a spinning bloke who lives in Shetland, took me for a look around the Shetland Museum & Archives, a definite must see then to Fjara Cafe Bar where we had the best mussels I have ever had, and the views were second to none!   Thank you Brian, it was a very lovely day. 

Dj and I did a lot of talking, walking and laughing, with maybe just a 'little' bit of purchases!! also.    Shetland is definitely the home of FairIsle Knitting, it is just everywhere is so beautiful.  A lot of talented people are knitting FairIsle there.  So I purchased a pattern and wool are are making a hat for me...a little bit out of my comfort zone, but are really enjoying it.

Thank you Dj so much for making the time there just great.   I look forward to going back soon.

Elisabeth Kendrick & Sarah Howard - Tutors at the Majacraft Retreat 2017 & 2018


It was great to have these two lovely ladies teach at the Retreat last year.   We learnt such a lot and got so much inspiration from their woven clothing and weaving enthusiasm....

So much so, that I have been spinning up some singles ready to weave a dress for me to wear at this years Retreat.   ...  Well that is the plan anyway.   

I purchased from Sarah's  ETSY shop, her new pinafore pattern.  I will keep you updated on how I am doing with it!

The jacket on the left, is so lovely too, I may need to make that as well...lets see how the dress works out. 

The classes Sarah & Elisabeth are doing at this year are:-

  • Weaving a small tapestry wallhanging, using the variable reed (Majacraft Rigid Heddle Loom)
  •  Majacraft Rigid heddle weaving - Patterns
  •  Making a garment from your hand woven fabric

Looms for the classes will be provided.


Below are some photos of last years retreat weaving classes.

Yarntelier at Chatsworth House

I was lucky enough to attend Louisa Harding's knitting design course over two days in April.   The whole weekend was just amazing.   We started off with a private tour of Chatsworth House to give us inspiration for designing our own knitting pattern.  After an amazing lunch at Chatsworth, we then went into our work room, where our work definitely began!   

I have used Louisa Harding's  knitting patterns for years, I find they work very well with handspun yarns.  So to meet her and get to know her a bit, was wonderful.  A lovely lady and such a lovely group of people who attended also.   If Louisa does this again, I would totally recommend it.


Spinners.... take a close look at the last image.   It is of a 1600 extremely large painting on the ceiling of one of the amazing rooms.

For more information about Louisa and Yarntelier, click on this link.

Dj Stefek - Tutor at the Majacraft camp 2017 & 2018

What a find when it came to Dj.   I hadn't met her before, but asked if  she would teach the Turkish Spindle at last years Retreat in Edinburgh .   I had seen her amazing work  through instagram  and knew she would be a great asset to my team.....I was right!!   A great teacher, lovely person and her talents in spinning, especially fine lace weights are definitely up with the best.

This year she will be teaching 3 classes:-

  •  Fine Spinning Part 1 - Techniques
  •  Fine Spinning Part 2 - Plying of fine yarns
  •  Majacraft Turkish Spindle

Below are some examples of her work.


Certificate of Achievement in Spinning - Ruth Robinson

I have been asked by several people for photos of my Spinning work from 2015.   The certificate issued by Guild of Spinners Weavers & Dyers  

January 2015 was when I began and submitted the work in the August of that year.  It was great to do, the challenge and learning really helped me develop so much as a spinner and took me out of my comfort zone.  (This is what I try to achieve at the Majacraft Retreats I put on ).     

There are 15 boards altogether, I have added six here and will add some more at another stage. 

I hope it encourages you in your spinning.


 100% Rose Bush Fibre,  LOVE it.  silk like, with lots of lustre and drape.  My favourite would be to blend this 50/50 with Bluefaced Leicester wool.

100% Rose Bush Fibre,  LOVE it.  silk like, with lots of lustre and drape.  My favourite would be to blend this 50/50 with Bluefaced Leicester wool.

 Wensleydale - This was a great leaning piece.  The first time using combs.

Wensleydale - This was a great leaning piece.  The first time using combs.


Jane Deane - Tutor at the Majacraft Retreat 2017 & 2018

Jane was an amazing teacher at last years retreat that, we needed her back again.   She has a lovely gentle way of taking us out of our comfort zone ...without as knowing !!

You may recognise her from a recent episode of Countryfile on BBC 1.

This year, she will be doing a class on Silk.   From her experience of raising silk worms, she will take us all the way through the silk process.   I am so looking forward to this class.

Below is an example of the work from Jane's class that we did at last years Retreat in Edinburgh.   It is Julie Hancock's work.  It was amazing how all 50 people who attended came up with different creations from the same inspiration. 


 For more information about Jane click here and here

There are still places available at this years Majacraft Retreat in Exeter in October.   I advise to book soon to secure you place.

Janet Day - Tutor at the Majacraft Retreat 2018

We are so lucky to have the amazing talented Janet Day to our Retreat this year.  I have just read an article about her in the latest Spin Off magazine.  So I though I would post a few photos of her creations.

For more information on Janet click here


We are stocking a new line of recycled Sari Silks in 4 different colours.

Doris Breitsameter - Hand spun & hand woven.

This weeks creation is by Doris Breitsameter of Germany.   She purchased three of the Autumn Trees Inspirational Spinning Boxes in October last year.   Look what she made from them.   The size is 2.10 m x 0.85 m.  The white part is Texel x Beltex! from Kathryn Dickinson of    It is just so beautiful, the way she did the colours and spun it up and then woven, is so impressive.  The only thing is, I really need to touch it and see it in person....maybe this is a good excuse to visit Germany   :-) 


Crochet Baskets

I have been snowed in this week, so I have been doing some tiding up of my studio as well as lots of spinning!!     I really wanted some baskets in my studio, so decided to make them myself.   I found a really good tutorial through Ravelry ( the link is below - she does say to use cotton, but wool is perfect also),    

I  spun a thick single, using 4 colours of green from the latest Inspirational Spinning Box,  and chain plyed it for a nice chunky yarn.   The Fibre was Merino for two of the colours and Corriedale for the other 2 colours.  And crochet into the basket, using a No.8 hook, and added the handles also.   I was very surprised how easy it was to do and how it stands up so well.  I shall definitely be making some more.


Inspirational Spinning Box - Winter Sky's - Spun By Angela Massie

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I love the way Angela has spun up and incorporated  the colours from the Winter Sky's Box and Chain Plyed them in order to keep the colours together, resulting in a lovely yarn.   Well done Angela, as this was her first time at Chain Ply.

The shades of grey fibre is Icelandic wool.   It is a bit hairy and has an amazing lustre and 'silky/slippery' to spin, and I found it a pleasure to spin.  I crochet up some, and the stitch defination was very prominent.

Rachel Richardson @raerichar #WeMakeYarn

Rachel Richardson from Instagram @raerichar , a fibre enthusiast, spinning and knitting in South West Scotland.   She took up the challenge from and do a prompt-a-day photo challenge on Instagram. 

Rachel has kindly let us share it.   It makes great reading.

Silk Cocoon Yarn - 'My Flower Garden'

I was asked yesterday what to do with the silk cocoons that I put in one of the Inspirational Spinning Boxes.   So below you will find some photos of a yarn I made a year or more ago.  Not the best spinning, but it will give you some idea's on what to do with your silk cocoons.

Best to thread the cocoons with some long staple fibre.   Spin these into your singles, by opening out the fibre before the twist goes into it and add the threaded fibre.  I plied this with a silk green thread, to give a bit of a spiral effect.

I would love to post some photos of what you come up with....

Jean Mabon - Creative Weaving

Dear Ruth,
Thank you very much for the Winter Sky box that arrived this morning.  As always it is inspirational. I have enclosed two photos of cushions that I have woven.  It was a honeycomb weave and I used some of my  handspun from the first box to outline the woven cells.  I made the cushions using an origama idea the Janet Philips had in one of the Guild Journals.  It's a brilliant idea for narrow widths.The inspiration for the  ball of handspun that you can see in the second picture was a further exploration of designing yarn from the Mackintosh Card I had at the retreat.  I am just finding the boxes and the Retreat have given me such inspiration so thank you Ruth from the bottom of my heart.
I am enjoying the blogs and I am going to make the necklace.
May I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happiness in the New Year.  Keep your ideas coming.
All my love,
Jean x

Majacraft Wave Weaving Shuttles

I now have these amazing shuttles in stock.   They are 500mm long and is laser cut from 6mm bamboo plywood that is both light and very strong. The "throat" of the shuttle is large so plenty of yarn can be wound on to the shuttle.


Endless possibilities... 

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