Spinning and weaving
Spinning by hand has taken my exploration of fleece into another dimension. In recent years there was been a huge revival of heritage crafts as we give more thought to traditional ways of making things. Much of the fleece I source locally and dye it myself after scouring and carding. This is a lengthy process when carried out in a domestic setting but great pleasure can be taken from personally seeing the process through from the raw material to a finished woven article. Hand spinning allows for irregularities in texture and endless blends of fibres and the finished woven or knitted items are truly unique. I also source local alpaca and blend this with wool and silk to produce more exciting and softer yarns. These yarns are used in knitting fingerless mittens and knitted felted handbags.