NEWS

Saturday 16th December December 08 2017

 

Come and join us on Saturday 16th December 2017 for mince pies, Christmas cake and nibbles. We'll be spinning and weaving as well so bring along your wheel or loom and join in.

We are at Boxtrees Farm, Hockley Heath B94 6EA so if you are passing please pop in and say hello!

ALL WELCOME! 10AM to 4PM

 


New Ashford products November 04 2017

The Ashford product development guys have been busy and FibreHut are pleased to show you what's new for spinners and weavers.

Yarn stand

Wind your warps without fuss or snags on this handy six-cone stand. Simply sit your cones of yarn on the upright wooden pegs, then thread your yarn up through the yarn guides.

  • Smooth yarn guides ensure tangle and snag-free warping
  • Stand holds a variety of cone sizes
  • Rubber feet for stability
  • Lacquered

Click HERE for more information


Warp thread weights

Use these handy warp thread weights to hold floating selvedges, supplementary or broken warp threads under tension while you weave. Designed to hold long lengths of warp thread around the central spool. Includes hooks on both ends and multiple steel weights to vary the tension on your yarn. Lacquered. Sold in pairs.

Click HERE for more information


E-spinner 3 combo

The NEW Ashford e-Spinner 3 is the smallest, lightest and most versatile electronic spinner ever! This fantastic combo set also includes a padded carry bag, 3 x jumbo bobbins, a tensioned lazy kate, on/off foot controller and a bottle of Ashford oil.

The e-Spinner 3 has a quiet but powerful 12 volt DC 2.0 amp 70 watt motor with soft start and infinitely variable speed from 0-1800 rpm. The optional 12 volt car cord enables you to use it in your car, caravan, RV, or boat with a battery pack.

  • Light weight only 2kg (4.4lbs)
  • Compact only 26 x 14 x 21.5cm (10¼ x 5½ x 8½ins)

Click HERE for more information


40cm sampleit loom

The popular sampleit loom is now available in a larger 40cm (16") size with a matching floor stand also available. It comes with a 7.5 DPI (30/10) reed (other sizes available) and has built in second heddle slot just like the smaller version.

Click HERE for more information


Bungy cords

Now stocked by FibreHut as a regular item are these replacement bungy cords for Ashford table looms. Set of 2 for smooth bounce back after beating

Click HERE for more information


Birmingham Guild open day October 30 2017

The Birmingham & district guild of weavers, spinners & dyers is having an open day on Saturday 11th November from 11am to 3:30pm

There will be demonstrations, mini lessons in spinning and weaving, an exhibition of guild members works, sale of handcrafted yarn, buttons, cards and more. Entry if free and car parking is available at... Cotteridge Quaker Meeting House, 23A Watford Road, Birmingham B30 1JB. Bus 49 and Kings Norton Station is 7 minutes walk / 320 metres.

To find out more about becoming a member visit http://wsdbirmingham.weebly.com/

There are member guilds all over UK. To search for other guilds near you visit http://www.wsd.org.uk/
Birmingham weavers spinners and dyers

Up & coming group class dates October 13 2017

Relax and enjoy creating unique yarn and fabric. We have lots of friendly classes for total beginners onwards. You can check availability and class times and book yourself in online! Below is just a taster - more classes here 

 

Wet felt 3D flowers class with Penny Dixon

  • on Wednesday 15th November 2017
  • No experience necessary
  • Booking required
  • All materials included
  • Take home your handiwork
  • Group class
  • Find out more about this class


Learn how to spin your own yarn

  • on Saturday 18th November 2017
  • No experience necessary
  • Booking required
  • Includes a FREE drop spindle!
  • All materials included
  • Group class
  • Find out more about this class

New rainbow dye pack September 22 2017

Due to popular demand we have added a rainbow pack to our FibreDYE range. Using the 3 primary colours red, blue and yellow you can have fun creating your own colours. Citric acid is included so just add wool top or protein fibre and start dyeing on the hob, in the microwave or using a food steamer.

Fibre dye rainbow pack

See our fibredye help page for tips and hints


Matching reed size to yarn thickness September 11 2017

You can use the Ashford yarn gauge (or any other yarn gauge) to determine the number of wraps per inch. To calculate the number of ends required to achieve a good sett, just halve the number of wraps. Of course, this will only give you an approximation, a guide, a starting point and you might want to sett the yarn closer for a dense fabric or further apart for a looser fabric, but it will help you select the right size reed for your loom.

 


Ashford prices August 24 2017

Ashford UK prices went up Nationally on the 1st September 2017. Our prices are up to date so you can shop online with confidence. Ashford wheels & looms are top quality and still great value for money!

*Please note that we do not price match. We promise a warm welcome and as an official Ashford main dealer we offer sound advice so that you can make an informed purchase. 


Shop photos August 23 2017

Photos taken at FibreHut on Boxtrees Farm... 

 


Needle felted animals August 14 2017 1 Comment

We were very pleased to get a visit from Irene Irving at last Saturdays 'Join in Day' here at Fibrehut. Irene showed us a selection of her magnificent felt sculptures which were breathtakingly realistic!


Wet felting with Penny Dixon July 24 2017

Thanks to everyone who came along to our FREE WET FELTING DEMONSTRATION with Penny Dixon here at FibreHut, Boxtrees Farm. Penny showed us how easy and satisfying it was to felt wool top with the most basic of equipment. There was also a magical demonstration on how to turn a flat piece of felt into a gorgeous 3 dimensional bowl! 

Wet felting with Penny Dixon at FibreHut


Using the 'Minty' wool picker July 15 2017

Today Dianne from Stratford upon Avon guild of weavers spinners & dyers came in with some very nice (but smelly) raw Cotswold fleece. It looked quite matted and was obviously going to make her drum carder work a bit harder than she would like. So we put some though the Minty picker...

minty wool picker at fibrehut


'Join in Day' every Saturday at FibreHut May 19 2017

Pop in and see us this Saturday!

Every Saturday is a 'Join in Day' for spinners, weavers and felters at Fibrehut Boxtrees Farm. Come along and join us to sit & spin, weave, felt and chat. You can have a go at weaving on a rigid heddle loom, peg loom or finger weaving on a weaving frame, try needle felting, test drive an Ashford spinning wheel, use our drum carder or wool picker and lots more. Best of all it's all FREE!

spinning and weaving

 


Easter sit & spin day April 13 2017 1 Comment

Thanks to everyone who came along to our Easter sit & spin day on Thursday 13th April 2017. The sunshine didn't show so we squeeeezed everyone inside the shop! Plenty of laughs, chat and new spinning friends were made... 

We look forward to seeing everyone again at our next sit and spin. Don't forget to join our newsletter list to keep informed

spinning at fibrehut


Free wool straps January 18 2017

If you need some spare wool top straps you can now download them free from fibrehut. There are four straps per sheet for you to print, cut out and sort your stash.

Download your free wool straps here

straps


Wool is natural, renewable & biodegradable October 15 2016

Wool is natural, renewable & biodegradable. Every year sheep produce a new fleece making wool a renewable fibre source. At the end of its useful life wool can be returned to the soil where it will quickly decompose...


Fibrehut village show - sit & spin - August 20th July 23 2016 1 Comment

SHOW RESULTS: 


Swaledale July 21 2016

I have never personally spun Swaledale myself before now but I thought as there is lots of it in the shop I might TEST some!


BIG ASHFORD spin and weave day! April 22 2016

Over 70 enthusiastic spinners, weavers and fibre artists enjoyed a great day with special guest "Kate Sherratt" from Ashford New Zealand plus free cake, free wheel check up and lots of lovely fibre from the fibrehut shop! A big thank you to all those who attended! 


FibreDYE help page January 16 2016 1 Comment

Fibre dyeing is great fun! But it's also a skill that requires practice to achieve consistent results...The FibreDYE range is a good quality acid milling powdered dye designed for use with protein fibres such as wool, silk, angora, mohair and cashmere. You can use cleaned fleece, natural fibre tops, undyed wool, or woolen yarn balls from discount stores or your own stash (but not acrylics)...

 


What is this thing called Ravelry? November 14 2015

Many of our customers already know about Ravelry but some don't. I believe Ravelry to be such a great resource for everyone who knits, crochets, spins and weaves, I thought I would share some of it's joys and wonders with you. Ravlery is free...


Loving my Rigid Heddle Loom! October 08 2015

A little bird (who is in the know) told me that weaving is the new knitting, so I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon! After a few plain weave scarves – varying degrees of success and an uphill clamber up the learning curve – I felt ready to try something a little more adventurous and I thought I would share it with you...


No lazy kate!..... watcha gonna do? August 02 2015

The lovely weather a few days ago meant that my wheel and all related paraphernalia went with us to our caravan at Evesham and I spent a lovely few days spinning. I decided to leave my stuff there, expecting to be back soon. The British Summer put paid to that and I was forced to borrow the demonstration kiwi from the shop in order to spin at home. All well and good. Except I didn't have a lazy kate to hand! So how do you hold two bobbins for plying with no Lazy Kate...

diy home made emergency lazy kate


Wonderwool 2015 May 05 2015

I had a lovely time at Wonderwool in Wales last weekend. It was great to put faces to names and I was particularly chuffed to meet and chat to Katie who had flown over from Ashford New Zealand...


Spinning with a Drop Spindle October 06 2014

Spindles have been used to turn wool into thread for thousands of years. It's a fairly simple technique that is easy to master but it does require a bit of practice! It's a bit like rubbing your tummy and patting your head at the same time!  Watch out though - spinning is highly addictive...

spinning wool on a drop spindle at fibrehut


Total beginner versus Peg Loom July 27 2014

I'm married to a fibre crazed spinning fanatic! My home is full of yarn, fluff, spinning wheels, hackles, batts, skeins, winding things and other medieval looking contraptions. In a moment of madness I might have said that I could weave -  so here we go then. I promise you that I am most definitely a total beginner when it comes to weaving...

My peg loom first attempt