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All in a spin studio is now open!

The new studio at All in a spin is now open for courses - a lovely light, bright and airy purpose built space for holding courses and small exhibitions, with a weaving workshop, dyeing station, equipment store and cloakroom on the first floor.

All in a spin studio is now open!

June 22, 2017

Though I’ve been quiet on the social media front this last month, I have been very busy weaving - both plans and actual cloth!  The builders have had a final push on the studio and I am thrilled to be able to tell you that it is now open for courses.  It’s a real pleasure to welcome students to the new light, airy and bright space complete with the first floor weaving workshop, dyeing station, equipment store and cloakroom.  The views from the studio across the Rhiangoll valley to the Black Mountains aretruly inspiring.  And at lunchtime on a sunny day you can sit out on the patio and soak it all up too.  We will be having an official opening ceremony and open weekend later in the summer, so I’ll keep you posted.

As well as making the move into the studio I have been busy weaving a sample autumn shawl for a class I am holding for Make it in Wales in early August.  Clun Forest wool shawlIt features Clun Forest wool from our own flock as well as Cambrian Wool yarn, sourced from the flocks of the Cambrian Mountains.  Gorgeous colours and textures.  This collaboration with Make it in Wales is a new venture and this particular course is suitable for complete novice weavers as well as those with a little experience.  Contact Make it in Wales to book.

The coming month will see the accredited Level 3  Hand Spinning material finalised so watch this space for dates for the first module.

The first accredited Level 1 Hand Spinning course was a great success, with the students finishing their workbooks and samples over the coming weeks, ready for assessment.  

The next Level 1 course is scheduled for October 21st and 22nd plus the six following Thursdays and places are filling up fast.  Crickhowell Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers are subsidising the course (cost £230), so if you would like to book please contact the Guild at ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk to reserve your place.

Work on the farm is busy as usual - we have made some super hay in this heatwave and the shearing of the sheep is progressing.  We will have contractors in to shear the commercial type ewes, but Brian has already shorn many of the mules and pure Cluns so I can carefully select the fleeces I want to retain for hand spinning.  Plus we have had our concrete yard repaired, so as you can see we really have been busy bees for the past few weeks.