Many years later, discovered I descend from two weavers who had a business there in the 1790s.
I started out doing 17thC living history and was a member of the UK’s (world’s?) first ever living history camp in 1980. These days I can be found doing early 19thC living history. We also do talks in full 1810-ish costume.
I spin on spindles, a chair wheel, a 19thC flax wheel from the Dales, and a great wheel. Sometimes dye and weave. I weave on reproduction 18thC tape loom and a rigid heddle loom.
Recent convert to machine knitting. Have a Griswold csm (circular sock machine) and a number of flatbed knitting machines, mainly Japanese vintage ones.
Research in archives, libraries and museum backrooms across the UK. Check out Publications page for info about my writing.
We now run our own printing press, Pretty Baa Lambs. We live in North Yorkshire, by the river.