FibreHut Blog

Hand made drop spindles, yarn gauges and orifice hooks August 13 2020

When he is not weaving or spinning, a long time customer and good friend of ours Trevor Blackburn makes beautiful hand crafted items for us. Each item that Trevor makes is of wonderful quailty and has been lovingly hand turned often from hardwood, fruitwood and other off-cuts that he has lying around his North Wales workshop....


Shop & stay a while day 15th August 2020 August 03 2020

Come along to FibreHut's socially distanced Shop & stay a while day on Saturday 15th August in the Cadbury Courtyard at Blackminster business park near Evesham! Our shop will be open from 10am to 3pm. Come along to shop and stay a while! Free Tea or coffee at the Potted Pantry Cafe, bring your spinning wheel and sit and spin with us, open air weaving demonstartion starts at 12:30, freshly filled overflowing ends bin, Free while-u-wait Ashford wheel servicing, Merino pick and mix and more!


Kim’s Festival of Fibre - Whitefaced Woodland July 30 2020

I love spinning all fibre, all the glorious blends, dyed batts and funky rolags but there's something very satisfying about sitting down with a big cloud of washed and combed natural fibre. In this blog it is my aim to introduce you to the less common but no less worthy fibres and encourage you to sample them for yourselves to experience their delights, uniqueness and lovely sheepy goodness! For this first post I am going to talk about Whitefaced Woodland....


Keep your spinning wheel running tip top July 08 2020

Keeping your Ashford spinning wheel in tip top running order is easy especially with the Ashford spinning wheel maintenance & service kit which contains everything you'll need to give your wheel a quick service. You'll also be able to convert to the double spring brake band system - a worthwhile conversion....

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E Spinner UK plug recall December 04 2019

Due to a potential safety hazard with the Interchangeable UK AC/DC adaptor included with your e-Spinner3 or e-Spinner Super Jumbo, Ashford Handicrafts Ltd in New Zealand have requested we replace them with a new UK AC/DC adaptor...


AGWSD guilds of weavers spinners & dyers in your area January 27 2019

The Association (AGWSD) was founded in 1955 with the aim of helping bring together the community of craft Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. Their objectives are 'the preservation and improvement of the craftsmanship in hand weaving, spinning and dyeing for the benefit of the public and the promotion of public education in such craftsmanship'...

New 'Viking Varieties' wool selection box January 10 2019

Try our new selection box of four natural wool tops from the frozen north. 50 grams each of Finnish, Gotland, Icelandic and Zwartbles combed wool...

Spinning wheel buyers guide 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...

Testing the new Ashford Electric Spinner December 21 2017

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

How to match loom 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...


Spinning with Swaledale wool top 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...


Ravelry social media website for fibre arts November 14 2015

I believe Ravelry to be a good FREE RESOURCE for everyone who knits, crochets, spins and weaves, I thought I would share some of it's joys and wonders with you. Many of our customers already know about Ravelry but for those that are not so familiar here's an overview...


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...


How to spin 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...