I started teaching a new evening class last November and a number of my students learnt to weave with riged heddle looms. This afternoon I had an email from one of them with an image if three lovely cushion covers she has woven. She said, "I used my own textured hand spun, my Mum's left over scraps of plied home spun and some strands of colinette yarns. So 'dry clean only' . . . " I'm sure you will agree how lovely they all are.
Three beautiful cushions designed and handwoven by Tyra Till
Well, there's been lots of changes here in the world of Alison Yule Textiles, one of the biggest being another house and studio move!
I now have a small studio in South Derbyshire, just north of the village of Suton-on-the-Hill were I've masses of inspiration on the door step, so I usually start the day with a walk along the lanes and now Spring as sprung and better weather is on the horizon I hope to venture across the fields before I settle down to work.
I'm starting to get bookings for 2014, too, which is really good, but the really, really exciting news is that I've been invited to step in and tutor Anne Fields course, Spinning Beyond the Basics at The National Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Summer School. Sadly Anne is unable to travel from New Zealand and I was recommended by several people, so I will be joining Jane Deane, Amanda Hannaford and others in Carmarthen in August.
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