With easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions, Anne guides the novice spinner through all they need to know to get started.
She explains the spinning process and techniques, including preparation of fleeces, worsted and woollen spinning methods, plying, adjusting tension, treadling, skeining, drafting and blending as well as helpful advice about spinning wheels and how they work.
A wide range of fibres suitable for spinning are featured: wool, alpaca, silk, mohair, cotton, angora, synthetic and blended fibres with details on the characteristics of each fibre and best spinning methods to use.
Also included are many great projects with full instructions on to use the newly spun yarn.
Fully illustrated with full-colour photographs throughout.
By Jo Reeve
Learn to hand spin with fibre artist Jo Reeve. Jo, the author of the very popular Ashford Book of Carding, has twenty-seven years of spinning experience and will show you how to spin from the beginning through to advanced techniques. Learn how to create unique yarns using different techniques and fibres and make five easy projects using your handspun yarn. Step by step instructions and gorgeous colour photographs will take you on a new journey of creativity.
Revised Edition By Jo Reeve
This popular, practical and inspirational guide to carding, fleece, slivers and exotic fibres has been revised and expanded to include sections on the blending board and creating self-striping yarn.
Written for the hand spinner and felter, and everyone who loves fibre, there are sections on using the flick, hand and drum carders and the blending board. There are detailed explanations of colour and fibre blending and colour theory.
Step-by-step instructions and full colour photographs will open a world of colour and texture
Revised – By Rowena Hart
International weaving teacher and author, Rowena Hart, shows how to create exciting and beautiful garments and home ware – all on a simple two shaft loom. In this book she guides you, step-by-step, showing just how easy it is to make your own unique woven creations.
In this revised edition explore more exciting techniques such as brooks bouquet, soumak, huck and superfine weaving using the second heddle kit. Ashford Rigid Heddle and Knitters looms are simple to use, light and compact, and will open a world of colour and texture for you.
Elsa Krogh, Danish weaver, spinner and author, has brought together her favourite weaving patterns using four, six and eight shafts.
Elsa has woven beautiful and exciting shawls, scarves, cushions, towels, table runners, placemats and fabric material, She uses a variety of techniques from twill to summer and winter and modern backed weaves and there are projects for all levels of weaving experience.
Many of the patterns are sourced from archival material from local museums. Elsa brings a wonderful sense of continuity to her craft as well as elegant Scandinavian style.
By Elsa Krogh
This book contains a variety of techniques from twill variations in the Scandinavian tradition to multishaft summer-&-winter and modern backed weaves. The new owner of an eight shaft loom and the experienced weaver will both find inspiration and challenges in this collection of placemats, towels, shawls, wall hangings and suit material.
By Ann Milner
This comprehensive textbook includes detailed explanations of dyes and recipes for their use including natural and chemical dyes, dye baths and cold pad and percentage dyeing. Colour theory is explained and six projects demonstrate a range of techniques. Whether you are a spinner, weaver, knitter or textile artist, novice or more advanced in your craft, there will be something in this book to extend your ideas.
By Barbara Allen
Explore the unlimited potential of needle felting with Barbara Allen. Create your own adorable figures, beautiful flowers and scenes, striking jewellery and embellishments all in flat or sculpted felt. With just a little wool, a felting needle and this book you can create unique and wonderful felted works of art. If you haven’t tried needle felting, here is the book to inspire you. Barbara, a popular teacher and author, explains and illustrates all the techniques, materials and equipment needed. For each project there are step-by-step instructions and full colour photographs of each process. There are projects for beginners and skilled felters and each project builds on the knowledge gained. By the book’s end you will be experienced and confident to create your own masterpiece or try one of Barbara’s beautiful Gallery pieces.
The book provides all the templates for the projects.
This booklet takes you through learning to spin on an Ashford wheel.
This booklet takes you through learning to weave on the Ashford SampleIt Loom.
This booklet takes you through how to use the Ashford Knitters Loom.
This booklet takes you through how to use the Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom.
This booklet takes you through how to weave on the Ashford Table Loom.
This booklet takes you through weaving on the Ashford Inkle Loom.