As the Sassy Spinner I produce had-dyed yarns and spinning fibres – my range of sassylicious yarns comes in lace, sock and chunky in a variety of wools and blends. For the spinner I specialize in luxury spinning fibres, particularly Tussah and Mulberry Silk and silk blends, which are all carefully hand-dyed. As I care passionately about the environment I also take particular care to make sure that all dye is exhausted, after all who wants to get coloured hands when spinning? I prepare my blends and fibres in the beautiful South Gloucestershire countryside – my Batts are inspired by the natural world and memories of a childhood in the rolling Downs of Wiltshire. All fibre my fibres hand blended, carefully selected and hand dyed by a spinner, for spinners. My aim is make your spinning experience the best I can!
Under the Bags4ewe label I make a range of exclusive hand-crafted totes, bags, clutches, purses and knitting bags/pouches in a variety of fabrics and colourways. Each bag is individually sewn especially for ‘ewe’!
Mr S makes spindles, Yarn Suzies, Lazy Kates, Shawl Pin Sets and other spinning essentials, together with other woody items such as plates, bowls, candlesticks and garden dibbers! He makes to ranges of spindles, fine and premium, yarn bowls, buttons, key rings, nostepinnes, yarn gauges and yarn fairies just to name a few!
I am a Spinner, Dyer, Weaver, Designer, Knitter and free thinking fibre junkie living and ‘working’ in the beautiful South Gloucestershire countryside. My interest in anything fibre related is relatively new although I was taught to knit and crochet by my grandmother at the tender age of four years, but there was never any chance that I could make a living using these skills. Many years later my interest in these crafts was re-stimulated by my PhD research. The Rise and Fall of the Wiltshire Silk Industry: the social and economic impact of the silk industry on small towns in the south-west of England, 1750-1900, explores the impact the introduction of an industrial process carried on in a factory had on small rural communities.
So I decided to look into the processes and skills required to produce yarn. I began by weaving, as this is what the threads were produce for – the raw silk was twisted into thread which was then woven into intricate patterns by artisan weavers. Silk is thrown, the term comes from the Anglo Saxon word ‘thrawn’ which means ‘to twist’, in mills, where the silk filaments are twisted, doubled and twisted again and combined with other threads to produce a strong thread. It is the amount of twist determines the type of thread, singles, organzine and tram. Silk thread is still produced in this way, but in much larger quantities than in the nineteenth-century.
Since then spinning, dyeing, weaving and knitting has taken over my life – I am hooked….
Here are some links to my free patterns on Ravelry just click on the pic and it will open in a new window.:
Seaton Beach Poncho
Childs Bobble Hat
Fingerless Cabled Mittens
If life throws you sheep – make yarn!