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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 […]

The Saami Art of Tin Thread Spinning

Sami Tin Thread Spinning

Tugging on a bit of pewter thread has led me down a new path of unraveling some of the intricately beautiful textile crafts of my ancestors.

Pewter The first use of pewter dates back to the Bronze Age. Pewter was used by the Egyptians and later the Romans, and came into use in […]

Corfu Supported Spindle

A few days ago, I was delighted to find this wonderful gift in the post. My friend Agathi the weaver, from Corfu, sent me this beautiful spindle. It is like the one that her mother used to spin fine yarns on. Agathis asked her son Mario to make it for me.

This is […]

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 […]

Paivatar Handspun Yarns

As many of you may know, I have been a handweaver and spinner for many years. In addition to managing this website, I also have another website through which I market and sell my own handspun and handwoven products. I like to work with natural fibres and eco-friendly dyes.

Some time ago, I moved […]

Dog Hair Spinning

Did you know you can spin dog hair? […]

How Long Does It Take to Spin and Knit a Sweater

How long does it take to knit a jumper? […]

Spinning Wheel Information

Spinning wheels and how to spin […]

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