FibreHut Blog

Hand made drop spindles, yarn gauges and orifice hooks August 20 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

FibreHut had a SHOP & STAY A WHILE DAY on Saturday 15th August in the Cadbury Courtyard at Blackminster business park near Evesham! Despite the threat of rain it stayed fine all day! Lots of people turned up for Gai's weaving demonstartion, to join Keeley's needle felting table and to to sit and spin on their own spinning wheels. The fibrehut shop was open for some much needed retail therapy (social distancing rules applied). There was lots of rummaging in our popular top ends and scraps bin which was freshly stocked and brimming with gorgeous mixed fibre...


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....


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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Video of my 1st blanket woven on an Ashford Table Loom October 18 2019

I recently finished weaving a blanket on my Ashford 8 shaft table loom. Watch my video to see how it came out...


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...


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'...

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...


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...


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...