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 https://www.handmadeinwestwoodside.com/    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 www.ThreeWatersFarm.com and www.KnittingSarah.com 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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The Wheel Ewe & Majacraft Retreat, Edinburgh 2017

We had such an amazing time!    The tutors were fantastic and everyone who came along were so lovely and very talented and eager to learn more.   We had 40 people taking part plus 8 teachers altogether.  The Edinburgh Capital Hotel was the perfect setting.

One of my favourite parts, was the first session;  Sunday afternoon when we all had to create a yarn from a picture we were given.  The creativity that came out was overwhelming, and all so different.  There were only 2 different pictures and boxes of fibre to choose from as well.  Jane Deane took this class and it really got everyone talking and creating in a way a lot of us hadn't done before.  Well done Jane, and thank you.

Sarah Howard and Elizabeth Kendrick had an amazing array of clothing that they had made from the Rigid Heddle Loom.  I particular liked the different woven earrings that Sarah wore each day.   The whole room where all their items were displayed, was truly inspiring.

Dj Stefek, what an inspiration with her amazing fine spinning and all she taught during the Turkish Spindle lesson and throughout the retreat.  I, in particular liked the advice she gave me,.  and her talks about Shetland.

Glynis & Owen.   Thank you so much for coming over from New Zealand to spend time with us.  We learnt so much.  Thank you.    It wasfunny,  to see everyone trying out the stylus and realising that they loved it!!  It makes you realise how much there still is to learn.

The silk classes taken by Janet Renouf-Miller were very good.  It gave people a taster of each the different types for forms of silk.

Thank you to all who came, I am so pleased you enjoyed yourselves.  Keep in touch, I love photos of your creations.

See you another time,        Ruth

Archangel, Hand spun by Beverley Usher

Hello, Ruth here, from The Wheel Ewe.  I have wanted for ages to start a blog.....if you haven't done anything like this before, it is a little scary...take my word for it!   But when I received this email from one of my customers, Beverley Usher, I knew I just had to breath deep and begin.

this is what Beverley sent me.....

"When I bought my Little Gem, you included some lovely fibre. I just finished a project with one of the rovings. It uses citrine and mauve. It took some time before I saw the perfect project for it. It is now finished and really lovely, and I think the crochet pattern really shows off the colours. I though you might find a couple of pictures interesting...

The pattern is called Archangel; it doesn't have beads, I just added them to the picots. It's by Katya Novikova and the Ravelry link is  "



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"I placed the beads in the crocheting as I went along, just slipping a bead over a loop where I wanted them. I use super floss, but super fine crochet hooks work fine too. "