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“Our First Long Journey By Ourselves”

  I was really excited last week to get my usual ‘Traditions Today’ email from Interweave, because it was trailing my article and  “Mrs Jackson of York“‘s stocking pattern  in the forthcoming  ‘Knitting Traditions, Spring, 2013’.   Available for pre-order now, and should be out at the start of April. I hope those of you who […]

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Swaving – A Load of Old Pony

I prefer to take my information from the horse’s mouth. Other folk go to the opposite end. And some of the misinformation coming out re. ‘swaving’ is, frankly, a load of old pony. Let’s see what Dalesfolk – who saw it – said ‘swaving’ was.  Then see if you can find any reliable/accurate demo of […]

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History local history Textile Arts

Her Name is Finger Paper

Just a few textile related items from Selby inventories, from the second half of the 17thC. In amongst this, there are some interesting items. A ‘worsett’ (worsted) wheel would possibly, at these dates, be a sort of intermediate style wheel, somewhere between a great wheel and a smaller wheel. The spinner sat down – instead […]