FibreHut blog

New exclusive fibre blend of Corriedale and flax linen April 06 2018

Introducing BEACHES - an exclusive blend of Natural Corriedale, dyed Corridale and dyed flax linen. This Corriedale and Flax blend produces a light yarn, perfect for summer wraps, cardi's and tee's. We've used natural and dyed Corriedale together with dyed Flax in a range of soft, muted pastel shades inspired by glorious sunny days spent relaxing on the beach! These pastel shades are also bang on trend for summer 2018.

Buy 'Beaches' here - free samples also available



The Flax gives the yarn a lovely crisp handle and good drape without being too hard and cotton like. It's pretty soft thanks to the Corriedale but the linen will soften wonderfully with wear and laundering.

This blend is a delight to spin! The fibre drafts easily and consistently although it does need a fair amount of twist. A worsted or semi-worsted spinning stye suits the fibre but I also managed to spin semi-woolen from the fold to introduce a bit more loft as shown in this Sailor blue sample.

You can spin it thin and two-ply for a delicious lace weight yarn as shown in this Ariel lilac sample.

...or for a chunkier yarn you can spin thicker and chain ply as shown in these Sunny yellow and Coral orange samples.

 

Buy 'Beaches' here - free samples also available


Which spinning wheel should I buy? January 14 2018

Buying a spinning wheel will be a significant purchase but how do you know which one you should buy? Friends will no doubt tell you that their wheel is the best but the fact is it is a very personal choice and what works for one person may not feel comfortable for another. Here we keep things very simple and to try to help you decide.

NEW electric spinner try out December 21 2017

Sit back and watch this video of the NEW Ashford electric spinner in action...

Join us for mince pies 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...

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 including a yarn stand, thread weights, e-spinner combo, beater bungy cords and the new 40cm sampleit loom...

Birmingham Guild open day October 30 2017

The Birmingham & district guild of weavers, spinners & dyers had an open day on Saturday 11th November with demonstrations, mini lessons and more in spinning and weaving. There are lots of member guilds all over UK...


Matching reed size to yarn thickness September 11 2017

When you are not sure of your yarn weight you can use the Ashford yarn gauge to determine the number of wraps per inch, and then calculate the number of ends required to achieve a good sett when weaving...


Shop photos August 23 2017

Here are a few photos taken at FibreHut on Boxtrees Farm...

Needle felted animals August 14 2017

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 needle felted 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...


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 wool picker...


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

Every Saturday is a 'Join in Day' for spinners, weavers and felters. Join us to sit, spin, weave, felt and chat. Have a go at weaving on a rigid heddle loom, peg loom or a 4 shaft table loom, see how needle felting works and buy an animal kit to do yourself, test drive any of our Ashford spinning wheels, use our drum carder or wool picker and sample any of our fabulous fibres. Best of all it's all FREE...


Easter sit & spin day April 13 2017

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...

 


Free wool straps January 18 2017

Label and sort your wool stash with our free straps. Download them here for free...

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 - August 20th July 23 2016

A fun chance for you to show off your spinning and weaving creations with prizes and rosettes up for grabs in various categories from beginner to advance. Bring along your entries on the day, fill out an entry slip and set them out ready for the judges deliberation...


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! The first thing I noticed is it's an absolutely gorgeous natural misty silver grey which I adore...


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

Fibre dyeing is great fun but requires a little practice to achieve consistent results. Our tips and guides assume that you understand why wool felts and how to identify protein fibres. The FibreDYE range is 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). There are 16 colours including black which are inter-mixable to produce unlimited colourways...


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...


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...


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

Drop spindles have been used to spin 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...

 


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 on a peg loom -  so here we go then...