Posts Tagged ‘spinning’

Merino, BFL, silk fibres

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

 

Fibres

Fibres

drop spindle

drop spindle

All arrived today.  Loads and loads of colours to choose from – all ideal for spinning and felting

Dyeing workshop – Sunday 24 April

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Dyeing workshop

The Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers is running a Dyeing Workshop here on Sunday, 24 April from 1.30 – 5.30pm.

You can book a place directly on the Guild’s website: www.weavespindye.ie

 

Upcoming Classes & Events

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

IGWSD Monthly Meet – Sun, 23 August, 2-5pm

The monthly meeting of The Eastern Region Guild Meet of The Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers will take place in the studio over the shop on Saturday 19 July next in the afternoon.  Free to attend plus there is free parking on Francis Street on Sundays.  You can try some spinning.

Contact: hello@weavespindye.ie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Machine Knitting Workshop : Sat 5 September, 2-6pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a beginners’ class.  We have knitting machines in the studio but you can bring your own if you wish.  Cost is e60, which includes all materials.

Contact : Sorcha on sorchaharman@hotmail.com or on 085 844 9732, or myself

 

Irish Crochet / Clones Lace Workshop :  Sat 12 September, 11-6pm

Clones Lace workshop

Join Maire Treanor for another great 1-day workshop.  Learn how to make a Clones knot, a Clones Rose or Shamrock.  Or bring your own project to work on!

Contact Rosemary on 087 996 7197 or info@theconstantknitter.ie

 

Crewel Embroidery Workshop :  Sat 26th September, 11-4.30pm

With Renata Tesu, who trained at the Royal School of Needlework in Hampton Court.  Crewel work is surface embroidery with 2ply wool.  The aim of the workshop is, working from a kit, to learn from 5-8 stitches and be able to finish your project at home.

Crewel workshop 26 Sept
Knitting Class every Thursday evening (6.30-8.30pm)

Very small classes.  Suitable for all levels.  We can lend you needles and yarn for your first class.

Contact Rosemary on 087 996 7197 or info@theconstantknitter.ie

 

Tatting Workshop with Gosia – Saturday 24 October.

Details to follow

 

Workshops & Events @ The Constant Knitter

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Crewel Embroidery Workshop :  Sat 18 July, 11-5pm

With Renata Tesu, who trained at the Royal School of Needlework in Hampton Court.  Crewel work is surface embroidery with 2ply wool.  The aim of the workshop is, working from a kit, to learn from 5-8 stitches and be able to finish your project at home.

Crewel Embroidery workshop

Crewel Embroidery workshop

Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners & Dyers :  Sun 19 July, 2-5pm
IGWSD meet
IGWSD meet

The monthly meeting of The Eastern Region Guild Meet of The Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers will take place in the studio over the shop on Saturday 19 July next in the afternoon.  Free to attend plus there is free parking on Francis Street on Sundays.  You can try some spinning or weaving.

Contact: hello@weavespindye.ie.

 

Machine Knitting Workshop : Sat 25 July, 2-6pm
Machine knitting
machine knitting

This is a beginners’ class.  We have knitting machines in the studio but you can bring your own if you wish.  Cost is e60, which includes all materials.

Contact : Sorcha on sorchaharman@hotmail.com or on 085 844 9732, or myself

 

Irish Crochet / Clones Lace Workshop :  Sat 12 September, 11-6pm

Clones Lace workshop

Clones Lace

Join Maire Treanor for another great 1-day workshop.  Learn how to make a Clones knot, a Clones Rose or Shamrock.  Or bring your own project to work on!

Contact Rosemary on 087 996 7197 or info@theconstantknitter.ie

 

Knitting Class every Thursday evening (6.30-8.30pm)

Max 5 students per class.  Suitable for all levels.  We can lend you needles and yarn for your first class.

Contact Rosemary on 087 996 7197 or info@theconstantknitter.ie

 

West Yorkshire Spinners visit

Saturday, November 8th, 2014
West Yorkshire Spinners Wool

West Yorkshire Spinners Wool

At a family wedding in Leeds earlier in the week, I had the opportunity to visit West Yorkshire Spinners who supply me with the most beautiful Blue Face Leicester Wool.  There is no visitors centre, the facility was very noisy and I was accompanied by some non-knitters, so it was a quick visit and I didn’t get many photos.

Situated in the original home of the British Worsted Spinning Industry, they combine state of the art technology with generations of expertise hand knitting yarns of exceptional quality.  They are one of the few remaining worsted spinning companies left in the UK.  To the best of my knowledge, there is no such facility in Ireland.

It was fascinating – the floor was littered with huge bales (?) of wool like the one in the picture.

West Yorkshire Spinners Wool Nylon

West Yorkshire Spinners Wool Nylon

The second image is of a bale of nylon and a bale of wool being processed together for sockyarn.

 

 

Bluefaced Leicester Yarn & Tops

Saturday, September 20th, 2014
Blue Faced Leicester Aran & DK yarn

Blue Faced Leicester

Blue Faced Leicester Tops

Blue Faced Leicester Tops

Bluefaced Leicester pattern

BFL

This Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) has just arrived!

Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) is an exceptionally adaptable wool, being suitable for garments that need to be both soft and hardwearing.   The West Yorkshire Spinners undyed BFL (Aran and DK) comes in ecru, brown and light brown.  It is beautifully soft, especially in the ecru, and is wonderfully lustrous.

WYS has teamed up with top designer Jenny Watson to create some stunning designs for this yarn in both Aran and DK thickness.  We have these patterns in stock here.

The combination of the soft and luxurious yarn with Jenny’s innovative designs will ultimately evolve into some fantastic garments.

 

Merino wool tops with tussah silk

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
Dyed merino wool tops + Tussah silk

Dyed merino wool tops + Tussah silk

Perfect for hand felting, hand spinning and many other uses, these beauties area a combination of dyed merino wool tops (70%) and tussah silk (30%) to create a rainbow blend with a silky sheen

Felting & Spinning Fibres

Thursday, March 20th, 2014
Felting Fibres

Felting Fibres

Just a fraction of the new felting fibres in today including merino, Blue Faced Leicester etc

From Fleece to Yarn Workshop – SLIGO

Thursday, April 25th, 2013
Fleece to Yarn

Fleece to Yarn

Following the success of her last workshop Mary Cooper wants to announce another weekend of wool related fun.  Covering the basics of all aspects of taking the raw fleece to a finished yarn, including washing, preparing, hand dying (natural, food and artificial dyes) & spinning with a drop spindle and introduction the the spinning wheel. Bring any fleece or equipment you might have.  Suitable for all levels from beginner.  Please bring apron and old clothes.

Max of 6 per course

€150- includes workshop, supplies, tea/coffee breaks, lunches

Enquiries to Mary- mary@markreewoolcraft.com
Bookings to Markree Castle-  info@markreecastle.ie

Spinning workshop with drop spindle

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
Drop Spindle and fibre

Drop Spindle and fibre

Frolic with Fibre:  Handspinning with a Drop Spindle

Create your own unique handspun yarn using a drop spindle!  In this workshop, you will learn about different fibre types, how spinning creates yarn and how to prepare fibre for spinning. Finally, transform your spinning fibre into your very own bespoke yarn stash.  No experience necessary!

Venue:  The Constant Knitter, 88 Francis Street, Dublin 8

Date:  Saturday, 4th May

Time:   10.30 to 1.30

Cost:  € 50 – includes all materials (spindle and fibre).

To enrol, contact Rosemary on 087 996 7197 or info@theconstantknitter.ie.

A Euro 20 deposit in advance of the workshop secures your place.