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Book a fun felting class with Penny or Keeley this March! January 15 2020

Needle felting involves using a barbed needle to stab and manipulate wool fibre into 3D shapes. Wet feltmaking uses water, soap and agitation to create pictures, bowls, flowers etc. FibreHut have fun classes hosted by our tutors Keeley and Penny. Book your place early to avoid disappointment! No experience required.

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How I used one warp to make six towels on an 8 shaft weaving loom November 23 2019

I wound a 7 yard warp of a 416 ends of mix of natural and white 8/2 Venne organic cotton set at 20epi and used a different colour weft for a series of 6 tea towels. I used a 4 shaft draft from Handwoven's Top Ten Tea Towels. I wove an inch of tabby at each end for a hem and a few picks of a contrasting colour as a separator. It was fast enjoyable weave using my Ashford 8 shaft loom and the results are...

How to make up an Ashford spinning wheel - Part 1 Waxing 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...


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

I have written a few quick and easy patterns to get you weaving on your rigid heddle style loom.

Find more inspirational patterns on our downloads page


How to match loom reed size to yarn thickness September 11 2017 5 Comments

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 1 Comment

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...