Tuesday, 1 January 2019

New Guild in the High Peak

There's a new Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers in the High Peak, formed last August. I was a bit late signing up but finally made it in December and discovered the meeting place is almost on my doorstep (5 mins walk) so this is too good to miss out on. Whaley Hall is a super place to meet with several different spaces, plus kitchen, a garden to sit in when the weather is nice and a car park. Although it is a small Guild at present there are other enthusiasts to get together with and share ideas, skills, inspiration and fun.

The Guild meets 2nd Sunday of the month, so next meeting is 11th January and if you are in the area please come along. We will be looking at three different samples of fleece scoured by different methods by our Chair and I'll be taking along an assortment of spindles and other simple spinning tools to look at and try out. We are also promised almond shortbread.. yum!

Whaley Bridge has a railway station on the Manchester-Buxton line and is also served by the bus no. 199 Manchester Airport - Buxton, download for the 199 bus timetable available here.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Plant dyes calendar for 2017

Fran Rushworth, author of the popular Dye Plant Gardening articles for YarnMaker has published a calendar for 2017 Plant Dyes for All Season. Full of beautiful photos and starting with the message that "you don't have to spend a lot of money or have a big garden to enjoy these plant dye projects" this calendar encourages everyone to have a go.


Fun projects include solar dyeing, leaf prints on cloth, and dyeing your fibre and yarns using plants that are easily found or grown. There's plenty of space to write on the calendar so it could be used as a record of your gardening / foraging and dyeing days (eg when you planted the seeds) or for planning ahead.

For more info about the calendar - and Fran's own adventurers with natural dyes - see her blog, Wooltribulations.

Friday, 28 October 2016

YarnMaker no.28, will be the final edition of this British magazine for handspinners

For past 7 years my blog has been quieter whilst my time and energy has gone into publishing YarnMaker, a British magazine for handspinners. This phase of my life is coming to a close, for anyone who has missed the news posted on the YarnMaker website and Ravelry on Monday, here it is:



MESSAGE FROM DOROTHY LUMB, EDITOR AND PUBLISHER OF YARNMAKER

It is with great sadness that I have to announce that the Autumn edition of YarnMaker, no.28, will be the last, bringing to an end 6 ½ years of publication. 

YarnMaker has been a successful niche product for a small market. The limited number of potential readers combined with other factors mean it is not going to be viable to publish the magazine in future. The time has come to cease publication.

All current subscriptions will be refunded and when YarnMaker no.28 is published in early December it will be sent with a form to allow subscribers to select, if they wish, back issues (2 per copy owed) in place of a refund. A special discount rate for purchasing further issues and binders will be offered on the same form.

TIMETABLE FOR FINAL EDITION, REFUNDS AND SALE
Advance orders for the final edition, no.28, will be taken on the website from Monday 24th October 2016 and also by post.

YarnMaker no.28, Autumn 2016 will be published before 10th December. Subscribers will receive a form printed on the reverse of the address label  to opt either for a refund of the money paid or for two back issues in exchange for each edition owed. There will also be a special discount offer for ordering extra back issues and magazine binders. Stock will be allocated on a first come, first served basis with a deadline for application of 31st December, after which anyone who hasn't responded will get their money back by default. All refunds, magazines and binders will be sent out before end of January 2017.

Edit: 13th December, there have been a few delays but delivery of magazines from the printers is due later this week, so if the postal system is running well they will reach subscribers early next week.  The deadline for the subscriber offer for discount back issues & binders is extended to 6th January 2017.

The final edition is on sale from the website, www.yarnmaker.co.uk. This is a short print run and magazines will only be on sale until 31st December, so has the potential to be a collector's item!