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Spin Flora not Fauna - Bamboo

Handspun Bamboo dyed with Ivy Sample

Bamboo fibre for handspinning is now available in 2 forms – one is a smoothly combed viscose top and the other is a rougher staple fibre. These require different methods of spinning.

Bamboo Viscose Top

Bamboo Viscose top is produced from Bamboo pulp (like other viscose pulp fibres). The bamboo is crushed and made […]

Spin Flora not Fauna - Rose Fibre

Rose Yarn Spinning Sample

For my next Spin Flora not Fauna project, I thought I would spin a bit of rose top. Rose fibre is another one of the ‘new’ vegan handspinning fibres, made from roses. The rose fibre has been extracted from the natural waste of rose bushes and stems. The fibre has been stripped and processed […]

Spin Flora not Fauna - Banana Fibre

Banana Yarn Sample

The banana plant has been cultivated in Japan since the 13th Century for use in making fabrics and textiles. The tender shoots of the banana plant were harvested and boiled in lye to soften them. The banana fibre was spun into yarn and woven for making kimono and kamishimo. In Nepal, the trunk of […]

Spinning Curds and Whey

I bought a new spinning wheel recently-

A Kromski Polonaise from Wingham Woolwork. This is a Ferrari of spinning wheels.

In order to give this new wheel a true test of what it can do, I then went to London’s local weaving centre – located in North London – Handweavers Studio and Gallery […]

Mudchute Farm - London

Mudchute Farm – Did you know that you can find farm animals in the centre of London? […]

Rib Twist Knitting Pattern - Shetland squares 2

A free knitting pattern for a ribknit with a twist – […]

Shetland Squares

Shetland Squares – Cable Wobble Knitting Pattern […]

Clipart - Carding Wool

Textile clipart – carding wool, weaving rag rugs […]

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