I will be talking and demonstrating at Festival in the Close (Rugby School) on 29th and 30th June 2021.
You can also see me spinning in public with my Spin Spun Sisters group at various times in the year, including on Worldwide Spin in Public Day, 18th September 2021 (check events page for a schedule - https://spinspunsisters.blogspot.com/p/events.html).
I wasn't always a spinner/weaver/dyer, I 'retired' into this field a few years ago - returning to study textiles in different forms to those I enjoyed in my youth (when I did the Lanchester Polytechnic Certificate in Craft Materials). I love learning new things. Following completion of the Association of Guilds of Weaving, Spinning and Dyeing Certificate of Excellence in Spinning, I moved onto the other two WSD crafts. I am lucky enough to have space for floor looms! During lockdown I have been exploring the potential of vintage and antique knitting machines to design and make accessories using handspun or hand dyed yarns. Its a new field for me but I also continue to work with British native sheep breeds, particularly the coloured breeds and those with unusual fibre. Preparing fleece by hand to turn raw locks to lustrous, smooth/springy spun fibre is an ancient form of alchemy, Yet it is also entirely modern in creating, using and reusing a thoroughly sustainable material.