We just wanted to say thank you for the fantastic workshop. It was fascinating and informative and your enthusiasm for spinning is infectious. We hope to join you again soon. Best wishes (Sally & Lis)
What a class! I had tried to use a drop spindle before but very unsuccessfully; soon Gai showed me the knack and gave me lots of ways to develop and practise. Along the way she demystified a lot about wool and the preparation process and answered so many questions. She really helped me to think about my own projects. A very well worth class - I feel very empowered! (Liz)
I had a wonderful hour at the fibre hut being introduced to the Ashford range of wheels by Gai. She talked me through the various options, set me up to spin and gave lots of useful advice. A very professional and friendly service. I came away with a new wheel, niddy noddy and selection of fibres. Can’t wait to get started! (Sue)
NEW TO WEAVING
I am new to weaving but after recently buying a Ashford Wool Weaving Loom following a weaving lesson with Gai, I am now hooked. Once i had my loom and another lesson to set it all up i am weaving daily and now on my 4th scarf. I absolutely love it. I would recommend it to anyone. Happy weaving. (Sue H)
1 TO 1 LESSON IN SPINNING
Last month I was a complete beginner to spinning. Having been given bags of alpaca fleece I knew I needed to learn to be able to process the quantity I had. Gai was extremely helpful and took the time to really help me understand not just spinning but understanding the different types of fibers and why they behave differently in the spinning process. By the end of my lesson I was spinning and extremely excited to carry on at home having the knowledge that I knew what I was doing and understood the possible hitches I may come across on the way. Huge thank you for teaching me this amazing craft ❤️ (Sarah S)
Absolutely fantastic. I now feel confident to warp and weave on my new loom. Gai is so knowledgeable and so willing to share what she knows and support me as a newbie. I’ll be going back when I’ve had a practice at home. Thank you so much I had a wonderful time. Highly recommend. (Mary C)
I recently booked two weaving lessons with Gai at the FibreHut. Really enjoyed the lessons which were informative and well structured. Gai explained the art of weaving really clearly and I have come home with my new loom and actually feel like I have an idea what to do! So glad I found Gai and the FibreHut … I’ll be back!! (Deborah)
AN INSPIRING AFTERNOON!
I thoroughly enjoyed my fibre dyeing class with Gai this afternoon. She taught me not one, not two, but *four* different techniques, and I was allowed to take home the samples we made together which I’ll soon be spinning up into a colourful concoction. Gai is knowledgeable in her craft and a patient, generous teacher. Thank you so much - I will be back! (Coco)
"I traveled 64 miles to FibreHut yesterday for 2 classes with Gai - was it worth it? EVERY MILE AND MORE! A big thank you to both Gai and Dave for making me so welcome and for two very good lessons in dyeing my own fibre and wet felting. I have been involved in handicrafts for some 60 years, having been taught to hand knit by my mother who regularly won nationwide knitting competitions. I've crocheted, macramed, embroidered, cross stitched and tapestried over the years but now have access to as much Alpaca fleece as I want so I need to learn some new skills - we are having some of the fleeces commercially processed in a mill as both coned yarn and carded batts but I am processing several fleeces at home, armed with a drum carder and spinning wheel. I have recently learnt needle felting. Never to old to learn new tricks is my motto - which is why I set out Fibrehut yesterday morning...
Thanks for the lovely comments!
"I recently bought both the best of British & more best of British natural wool top boxes from you and thought you would be interested in the wrap they made!"
Wow! What a fabulous wrap! I just love all of the natural shades that you can get with un-dyed fibre!
"Thank you so much for my spinning lesson it was a real eye opener and all of the tuition, tips and techniques were excellent. There is only so much that a person can learn from the internet, hands on is so much better to enable a full understanding of the whole process, the hand positions, the lightness of touch needed as well as how not to over twist or under twist the single to ensure a soft strand ready for plying. Dave is a wealth of knowledge on wheel construction and maintenance, he is a gem. I was so pleased I booked a hotel nearby to be able to attend your join in day on Saturday, I only wished I could have stayed longer. Simply a brilliant day... Thank you!"
Thanks for your lovely review Sam and we both hope that you enjoy your new Ashford wide drum carder and your Ashford Traveller wheel. Hope to see you again soon!
"Thank you so much for the brilliant lesson today. You have taught me so much. I am so excited! - Thanks also for checking out my wheel - really appreciate it getting the once over."
Kavita (USA) 25/07/17
"Many thanks to you, Fibrehut and Gai! My mum received the big surprise gift package of fibre and is over the moon with the colours.... wonderful customer service!"
Emma (Henly) 21/07/17
"Thank you Gay, I loved our first lesson! Can't wait to start to weave! See you again soon!"
I am very pleased that you had so much fun!
Amy (Tanworth) 21/07/17
"I absolutely loved my first lesson! Weaving is my new hobby... Thank You!"
Welcome to the rabbit hole Amy!
Debbie (Ferndon) 17/07/17
"Thank you... That's one of my Alpaca fleeces down - only eleven more fleeces to go!"
We thought Debbie's alpaca fleece was so soft that we bought one on the spot!
Louise (Upton) 17/05/17
"Thanks for ANOTHER fab lesson. I'm getting addicted!"
"Fabulous shop... lots & lots of goodies... like a kid in a sweet shop!"
Wendy (Wytham) 17/06/17
"Had a lovely day spinning and chatting and "borrowing" fibre! Thank you"
Helen & Suzanne (Hull) 13/04/17
"A great day out at the 'sit & spin'... worth the trip!"
Thank you both for travelling all the way from Humberside to join in our sit & spin. It was really good to meet you!
"Have had excellent help, advice and encouragement and have now purchased my first wheel. Brilliant service!"
Thanks for your lovely comments Anne. It's worth taking the time to try the wheels to find the best one for you!
"Thank you so much for helping me out with my wheel!"
You are welcome Sarah - hope to see again soon!
"Wonderful service - very knowledgeable - brilliant!"
"Wonderful place... wish it was nearer!"
Thanks Chris - why not try shopping online for delivery to your door!
"Thankyou... thankyou!! I cannot contain my excitement to carry on with all things yarny!!"
We are so happy that you and your mum enjoyed your spinning lesson together! ...wonderful.
Laura (Facebook) 12/02/17
"Visited yesterday and was so happy I did. Gai gave me a class on using a spindle and it was super fun. Very lovely people and such an amazing shop. Beautiful colours everywhere. Can't wait to go back!!"
"Fabulous drop spinning lesson - great tuition - I'll be back for more!!"
"Spinning workshop - learned loads, great teacher. Fibrehut adapted workshop to my needs - that was great. Thank you sooo much!! Hope to see you agani soon.
"We are glad that you enjoyed your day with us and THANK YOU for travelling all the way from Norfolk!
"I just wanted to say a big thank you for sending my wool so promptly and so beautifully packed. It wasn't a big order but I have been searching for a particular colour mix and your hand dyed Cotswold was just right... Hooray!! Hope to be ordering from you again."
Ravelry member 28/10/16
"Thank you for the October Fibre CLUB... it's my first and I'm absolutely delighted! The colours are perfect and I adore the free samples. I'm just so excited with my parcel it has brightened up my day. Thank you for all your hard work making up these lovely boxes, I am now looking forward to November... can't wait!"
We are so happy that you are enjoying your Fibre CLUB parcels!
"Wonderful shop - great teacher!."
Thanks - we hope that you continue to get many years of enjoyment from your new Ashford rigid heddle loom!
"WOW! - FAB! could spend all day here talking, spinning and browsing."
Liz & Shaun 17/10/16
"We both wanted to say a huge thank you for our introductory weaving lesson - we absolutely loved it! Gai is a terrific teacher with lots of patience, it's a great place to learn and being able to 'try before you buy' is a wonderful idea. We were so excited we came away with both a sampleit loom and a 60cm loom - we are really enjoying our purchases. Thanks so much."
P.S. "After one practice session we have made the following (see pictures below), again these are just practice pieces but we're pretty excited about the potential after we gain more experience!"
Well done! Your weaving looks fantastic... (Very impressive after just 1 lesson and a little home practice!)
"I'm so glad there was one last sit and spin for this year. I always enjoy the days and love spending time with you and meeting like minded people. It's always good to see the lovely yarn other people are spinning and pick up useful tips from them as well as getting very welcome advice from Gai... Oh and Dave of course!"
There will be lots more FREE sit & spin days at FibreHut!
"FibreHut is awesome and I'm so lucky that it's only 20 mins away. The people are so helpful, friendly, accommodating and patient. There is a plethora of fibre available and touching before buying is encouraged! I've been spinning for 7 weeks so it's good for me that the owners are happy to share their knowledge. I've been trying to interest my husband in a variety of crafts - one visit to FibreHut and he has bought and used a loom! What more can i say... I only wish they were open on Sundays."
Thanks for your lovely comments - I do hope that you are enjoying your spinning and that your husband is loving his loom!
Hazel (Ravelry) 05/09/16
"A 2 hour drive to find FibreHut and so worthwhile - for all of you who can't visit in person then you are missing an Aladdin's cave of fibrey goodness and plenty of related items."
"Thank you so much for your patience and help... I've just placed an order and look forward to my new loom arriving."
"Thanks so much for helping us out with the problem on our drum carder - even though it's been such a long time since we bought it!"
FibreHut are an official Ashford main dealer and great customer support comes as standard!
"Just wanted to say thank you for getting me spinning again! Now I've got a load of stuff to spin and knit and... No end to it is there? GREAT!!"
"Just to say thanks very much for my introduction to weaving class. I really enjoyed it... can't wait to try it out! Once again many thanks."
"It seems no time since last summer when I called in and tried spinning for the first time on a drop spindle (which spent most of the time on the ground). I thought that I would never produce anything even resembling yarn let alone doing Navajo plying. Thank you for all your help, encouragement and answers to all my endless questions."
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