a life of fibre

Ruffle scarf October 3rd, 2015

I finished this scarf over a week ago but just haven’t had the time to show it to you. There are two layers of ruffles in Merino wool and I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. In fact, I’m very pleased with the colour combo of natural and dark slate (from Adelaide Walker).




There’s just something about this that makes my heart sing, watch out for more of them appearing soon and don’t forget, you can make one in the workshop I’ll be running next February.

Sedbergh Sheep Fest September 17th, 2015

If you have the time I’d recommend going along to Sedbergh Sheep Fest this weekend. See sheep driven down the road followed by a dragon!  and a sheep trail around town not to mention the wool fair in the People’s Hall on Saturday. You can also pay a visit to the famous Farfield Mill and see the woolly exhibity bu The Wool Clip. The pics below are just a taster of what you’ll see on the sheep trail.



The one below is outside the Three Hares, my favourite Sedbergh cafe.


The WI ewe is very busy!


If you follow the trail to No.6 Finkle St don’t forget to look up!  I’ll be at Sedbergh all day on Saturday with my Adelaide Walker hat on and as it’s worldwide spin in public day I’ll be taking my drop spindle with me. You’ll find me at the Wool Fair in The People’s Hall.

Backpack September 15th, 2015

It’s been a blast making this backpack, just working with all these lovely colours has made me very happy :-) :-)



I love the colours, I love that the stripes go in different directions and I love the colours. Handstitched with a variegated wool yarn and then felted.




I love the buttons, the bottom of the bag gives me particular pleasure and did I mention, I love the colours. Bright blue inside with an interior pocket as well as one on the outside. It’s quite cute as you can see.


Modelled beautifully by my daughter Charlotte :-)

p.s. Did I mention I love the colours?


Pleated bag workshop September 13th, 2015

We had a great time at yesterdays workshop despite the awful weather outside and a bit of a late start (sorry people). It was at St.Peter’s Church Hall in Addingham, which is a new venue for me and I was very relieved that everyone found it okay.

I tried to take a few pictures of work in progress but my hands were so wet and slippy that only this one was usable.


It’s just wonderful to see the fibres laid out like a great big fluffy pillow, shame they can’t still look like that after felting. We were up to the wire finishing yesterday and I don’t have pictures of all the bags as some people escaped before I had chance for the photo shoot. However, the one below is by Penny and is her first ever piece of wet felting, so well done Penny, give her a round of applause.


The next is by Sandra and we were particularly pleased with how the handle turned out. There was a length of pre-felt leftover which we put a little extra fibre on the reverse then rolled up and felted for a handle. It’s made a sturdy handle and as it’s the same felt as the main bag it blends in beautifully. In fact, I think these mottled greys show off the pleats exceptionally well.


Zoe was a star, being happy to model her bag for us. It has a very useful cross body long strap and is a very practical size.


How about a close up?


As soon as I have photos of the other bags I’ll share them with you :-)

Edited to add pictures of Julia’s bag

Julia’s work was lovely and to me had a vintage feel to the finished felt. She created a messenger bag with a gussett so it’s very roomy. The line of bright pink was an inspired choice.


I like the mainly plain handle with just s splash of colour.


Part of the leftover felt was used to make bead as a fastening.


And with the last vestiges Julia made a mobile phone pocket!   Thanks for sharing Julia.

The finished item September 11th, 2015

I promised to show you the pleated bag once it was finished so here it is. If I was to make this again I would make one or two changes to the template making it larger and changing the sweep of the outline as I’d like it to be wider and deeper.  Shown below is the bag with the source of the inspiration.


And a side view.


The interior fibres were completely smothered with mulberry silk tops ensuring a smooth and lustrous interior. I’m not sure that you can see it that well in the shot below but either it didn’t shine or it reflected the light too much.


This was fun to do and if I had time there are now three more ideas jostling in my head desperate to be released. However, they’ll have to wait patiently behind the backpacks and wraps which are already queueing.


This is just one of the bags I’ll be using for inspiration in my workshop tomorrow. I hope they’ll like it.

W.I.P. September 8th, 2015

Very near to finishing my latest pleated bag and will post pics as soon as it’s dry.


I just love my Mini Wedge Washboard from Heartfelt Silks for this kind of work :-)

Pleated bags at Addingham September 6th, 2015

Next Saturday I will be running a pleated bag workshop at St.Peter’s Church Hall in Addingham. Beginning with making a prefelt we will then stitch in pleats and seams using a quick and easy running stitch before felting the finished bag. Using prefelt and pleats allows you to create many styles of bag.





The workshop price include all materials and use of equipment plus it’s also suitable for beginners. More detail and online booking here.

Work in progress September 3rd, 2015

All laid out and ready to go. Thought it was tme for a little colour :-)


Eco Printing – part three September 2nd, 2015

Just a quick catch up for you on what the eco printed silk chiffon looks like once felted.



Great fun – look out for this in my 2016 workshops.

It wasn’t supposed to happen like that August 23rd, 2015

For the last few months I’ve been trying out spinning wheels wherever I went. Not only did I want a smaller wheel than my Ashford Traditional, I wanted to fall in love with how it looked and how it felt. I’ve tried Majacraft, other Ashfords, Louet, Kromski and a home made one. I didn’t fall in love with any of them.

Surfing around the internet I fell in love with the good looks of one which turned out to have poor reviews so I had to keep looking. Then I spotted something a bit different. Love overrode reason and I bought it without trying one. It was out of stock so I had to wait some weeks before I finally got to see it.


One of the biggest surprises is that it’s white! All the others I looked at were various wood shades but I just liked the clean modern look of the Woolmakers Bliss. It was quite easy to put together, takes far less space than my traddie, I still love it’s clean lines and I’m enjoying playing with the ratios.


This version has a single pedal which I actually prefer as it allows me to have my left foot, right foot or both feet  treadling which in turn, allows me to wriggle whilst I spin. The double treadles keeps me too still and I start to seize up. So far I’d give this wheel an 8 out of 10, we’re still working on the love bit!