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Nairn, Scotland, United Kingdom
Textile Artist Gill is inspired by natural fibres, colour and texture. Natural dyes providing a wealth of colours from nature.

Saturday, 28 November 2009

New Design

Using handspun and a very easy T - shaped jacket pattern and to top it off a vintage fur collar. This little jacket now dresses up casual jeans. The collar is detachable to allow the jacket to be washed. The  yarn, vintage collar and pattern is availble from my web site. http://www.artisanthreads.co.uk/

Just because I have opted to use a natural coloured yarn that does not mean that a coloured yarn would look as good.

Friday, 20 November 2009

At last!

Well lets hope that all is in place, an afternoons work and the web site http://www.artisanthreads.co.uk/  this blog and facebook should all now be linked. With luck it will make me keep them all up to date. This is dawn in the Scottish Highlands, maybe a dawn of a focus for me!

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Published new web site

After weeks of work I now have published my new web site www.artisanthreads.co.uk
I still have other pages, links and new items. But I thought I would publish what I had and keep the rest to add as I tweek the site. The old site is gone and it is like sweeping away the cob webs.

Monday, 9 November 2009

Keeping up to date

Well it has been a while since I added any comments to my blog. Most likely because I have been up and down the country. Wonderwool Wales, Woolfest, Portsoy Boat Festival and the FibreFest. What a great time I have been having and meeting very talented people. Not to mention some amazing ideas and technique's that I have been taught.

My monthly workshops in my studio I have enjoyed greatly and my aim has been to keep the day light hearted and informative. I aim to get my clients going home with a sense of achievement.

Time has also been taken up in building my new web site, which if all goes well I should publish this week. Not being very computer literate this has been a challenge and a lot of hard work from friends which I could not done without their help and support. I am trying hard to link my blog, facebook and web site all linked together as in the past I have jut put my head in the sand.

Friday, 6 February 2009

Spinning lesson on South West Train

Well what an adventure, I went with my son & his partner down to Hampshire to visit Maggie Oliver [secretary of British Coloured Sheep Breeders Association] While I gathered information on fleece, breeds and small mills we took time out to visit Carol Keats at Willow Close Studio. http://www.easistes.co.uk/webbsgreenfarmwool

What a lovely clever lady. Carol was very generous with her advise, skills and inspiration. Our time in her studio flew by and was not nearly long enough. Her passion for fibres & colour is infectious and at each turn was happy to demonstrate her teaching skills.

my son brought a 2nd hand spinning wheel that Carol had in her studio, nobody gave any thought to the fact that we had to get home on the TRAIN! We bundled into Maggie's car, with wheel and I might add several other purchases and headed for the station and the London Train. Not to waste any time, an hour & 40Min's into London. We started a spinning lesson as we journeyed home. The train guard had not seen a spinning wheel before let a lone have spinning lessons on a train.

I have heard of extreme ironing, has anyone else taken part in extreme spinning. I would be interested of anyone else's unusual spinning locations.