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band weaving

Weaving Full Circle

  I was very excited to contribute a picture of my new Jonathan Seidel loom to Laverne Waddington’s fantastic Backstrap Weaving blog, a few days ago. Picture can be found here: https://backstrapweaving.wordpress.com/2018/06/22/backstrap-weaving-musical-bands-and-a-bunch-of-looms/ I’m currently learning inkle pick-up techniques, and have been switching between Susan J. Foulkes’ helpful info, and Laverne’s.  Susan’s books are mainly on […]

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Cumbria wool Woolfest

Wool Sort 102 – Selecting Good Wool

It’s the start of the season with freshy shorn fleece for sale, so I thought now is a good time to cover wool selection. It’s been a few years since I went on about wool sorting. To my surprise, ‘Woolsort 101’ is still one of the most visited posts on this blog, so I decided […]

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antique textiles craft activism Knitting political knitting

“Knitting Isn’t Political”?

Anyone in the fibre arts world would have to have been living under a rock, in the past week, to have missed the delicious controversy, involving a certain orange buffoon, here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/not-for-trump-fans-hat   Reading through the comments, one point made by the pattern’s detractors, really got my interest. Knitting isn’t political. Yes, right. Textiles have […]