FibreHut Blog

A Really Quick, Easy and Fuss Free Way to Dye Yarn September 26 2020

I love to dye fibre before spinning but sometimes it’s nice to have more control and predictability over the finished product and dye the yarn once it’s spun. I recently came across this method of dyeing a single ball of yarn using two colours and it’s so quick, easy and fuss free I just had to share...


Weaving picnic napkins from eco yarn July 29 2020

Venne Eco-Jeans 100% Recycled Yarn is made from recycled denim and plastic bottles. This cotton-like yarn has been available at Fibrehut for quite a while but I’ve never actually got round to using it – until now! If recycled yarn is your thing, or if you like the blue denim hues, then give this yarn a try – it will work for tea-towels, table runners, napkins of course, and even clothing fabric....


Twill blocks baby blanket July 20 2020

No sooner than I heard the wonderful news that my son and daughter-in-law were expecting, there was a warp on my loom for a baby blanket! I'd been reading Cally Booker's blog about designing with twill blocks and thought this would be an ideal project for my Ashford 8 shaft table loom.....


Weaving Tea Towels during Lockdown July 15 2020

During lockdown I have been mostly weaving on my 24” Ashford 8 shaft table loom – and I love to weave tea towels! I am also a member of the Jane Stafford On-Line Weaving Guild and this summer Jane posted live videos of herself weaving a series of plain weave and twill tea towels....


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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Hems for 6 towels on 1 warp with my 8 shaft loom November 23 2019

Hemming my newly woven towels means that I'll have to get to grips with my sewing machine! We are not really the best of friends. In truth, I am a little in awe of it but the more I weave, the more I realise that I need to at the very least consider my sewing machine as a well liked colleague or acquaintance! Help was fortunately at hand...

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Applying wax to a new Ashford spinning wheel October 08 2019

Some Ashford products are supplied flat packed and require assembly and waxing. In this blog I will be working on an Ashford traveller spinning wheel but the techniques are applicable to any other self assembly item...


How to hem stitch on the loom August 30 2019

I'm often asked how new weavers can keep the first and last pick of their work from unravelling without having to tie knots once the item has been removed from the loom. I use a simple hem stitch – especially for items that have a fringe such as a scarf or blanket and I do it while the work is still on the loom...


Easy colour & weave patterns on a Rigid Heddle Loom January 14 2019

Here are 3 quick and easy inspirational scarf patterns to get you weaving on your rigid heddle loom or knitters loom. Colour gamp, houndstooth and log cabin...


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...


How to use FibreDYE acid milling dyes 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 colours...


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...