This section is for the other textile things I’m interested in — spinning, weaving, braids of every description, and occasional knitting, crochet and sewing. I first became interested in spinning over twenty years ago when a friend of my aunt's gave me some fleece from her small flock of Soay sheep. I taught myself to spin with a spindle and then bought a spinning wheel which I struggled with for a while — treadling and doing things with my hands at the same time didn't come naturally! Eventually I did manage to produce some reasonable yarn which I used together with other wool yarns in woven floor rugs. I also did some finer patterned weaving for scarves, table mats and waistcoats — at the time there was a wonderful Arts Centre in Glasgow where I could use both floor and table looms.
I didn’t find time for spinning and weaving while I was busy with the Lace Guild committee but I’ve now dusted down and oiled my spinning wheel and got going again as you can see from the picture.
I still have a table loom waiting to be put into working order again but in the meantime I have been enjoying myself discovering all sorts of different braids from all over the world. I particularly like the ones you can make in your hand without fancy equipment and I like to have some of these on the go when I'm traveling to while away tedious waits.