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This has been a busy month. We've just celebrated the Queen's historic platinum jubile, there's an amazing Tapestry on display in Blackburn Cathedral showing scenes from Her Majesty's visits. There are some Jubilee-related projects including this crocheted crown.

You'll also find things related to Pride month and rainbows in this issue's colour inspiration, patterns and gallery.

Felting is a popular theme this month, Prince Charles came face to face with a needle-felted doppelganger, Highland Heffalump has made a timelapse video showing the creation of one of her felted wool lampshades.

Read on for this month's round-up of news, views and reviews for spinners, knitters, crocheters, dyers and weavers.

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In the media

Farm to Yarn project aims to help stop Dales wool being sent to landfill

Farm to Yarn project aims to help stop Dales wool being sent to landfill

A project has been kickstarted with a grant from the Yorkshire Dales National Park, which will take wool from local sheep breeds and turn it into a limited-edition Yorkshire yarn.

The waste from that process has been donated to local crafters for felt, and to re-enactment groups.

www.cravenherald.co.uk....yarn-project-aims-help-stop-dales-wool-sent-landfill


 

Handspun stories

A hap journey

A hap journey

This is Ella with her hap, made by a friend of the family.

Sadly it no longer exists and so she's going to try to recreate it.

In this post she discusses haps and her new project.

ellagordondesigns.co.uk/2022/05/08/a-hap-journey

Sloyd

Sloyd

Josefin has written a number of blog posts over the last few years.

Sloyd is the crafting of everyday objects with natural materials, your hands and simple tools. When you do a hand craft, it's only natural to want to take that extra step and create your tools yourself.

In this post she discusses carving nalbinding needles from wood.

waltin.se/josefinwaltinspinner/sloyd

A piece of weaving carries connections to ancient traditions

A piece of weaving carries connections to ancient traditions

I'd like to have a closer view of this camel pack band, but there is a lot of detail in the text.

This is a hand-woven warp-faced pack band (the camel girth). These are made and used by nomadic pastoralists living in Iran and woven by women on ground looms set up specially for their long narrow nature.

It was collected by Margery Blackman on a trip to the area and the article contains diary entries from the day that she bought it.

www.odt.co.nz/lifestyle/magazine/loop-well-travelled-past

Memories of Majacraft Camp 2022

Memories of Majacraft Camp 2022

Majacraft have published this blog post with Maddie Knibbs' photos.

The camp seems like an excellent idea with workshops, guest speakers and lots of time to get hands-on with Majacraft's products.

www.majacraft.co.nz/?p=3051


 

Colour inspiration

When little needs saying except 'beautiful colour'

Primordial

Primordial

I can really imagine life beginning to form from these colours.

Primordial on an 80/20 blend of organic Merino and rose fibre is pictured in this blog post from Knit/Wit.

It's worth a quick dig into the text below this image, Sarah talks about how Rose fibre for spinning is made.

paknitwit.blogspot.com/2022/05/at-last.html

Moody rainbow

Moody rainbow

Last year, thing4string made this rainbow yarn during Pride month. She calls it a "rather moody rainbow" and is in love with it.

www.instagram.com/thing4string


 

Tips and tutorials

Rag yarn: making yarn from fabric

Rag yarn: making yarn from fabric

Elsewhere in this issue there are mentions of yarn made from sari silk and other fabrics.

This is a very useful article with lots of tips to get you started. You can use any scrap fabric and there are various ways to join the strips.

www.interweave.com/article/crochet/rag-yarn-making-yarn-from-fabric

Wraps Per Inch

Wraps per inch

This will be a valuable read if you're new to hand spinning.

You may have heard the term wraps-per-inch (wpi) or seen the inch-gauge and control cards.

Amanda Berka explains what these terms mean and how these tools can help you when using handspun yarn in place of commercial yarn.

spinoffmagazine.com/wraps-per-inch-by-amanda-berka


Technology


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Gallery

Sometimes just a picture is enough

Bog oak Bosworth

Bog oak Bosworth

It's been a while since we've had a sexy spindle shot, but this is certainly one.

litterascripta says that this Bog oak Bosworth and Corriedale are among her favourite things.

www.instagram.com/p/CdaKX5AImNJ

Wibbly wobbly wrap

Wibbly wobbly wrap

Liz loves her first woven handspun wrap despite the fact that it's "full of mistakes and wibbly wobbly". Or maybe because of those things.

www.instagram.com/p/CdePQ4NsLmW

Taking a shelfie

Taking a shelfie

It's always great to see new types of project that incorporate handspun art yarn. This is a wall-hanging shelf by Alison Altafi.

www.instagram.com/p/CdypjpCuri9

Niddy noddy bag

Niddy noddy bag

Another great idea, this niddy noddy bag is made from handspun yarn, felted or perhaps fulled for a stronger fabric.

Care must be taken with the size as felting reduces the size of the work considerably.

www.instagram.com/p/CdtNSCBuueG

Woven Vest - My Way

Woven vest - my way

This is Debby in her woven vest, which is made in a number of narrow sections. She has given great detail about her modifications from the original pattern.

She is "exceptionally pleased with the finished project's look, feel, and fit!"

florafiber.live/blog/woven-vest-my-way

Mini coils

Mini coils

This art yarn was spun and plied by spindle.

Plying with a grey cotton made it easy to slide the wool into mini coils. twistedspindleyarnco hopes to use it in a weaving project.

www.instagram.com/p/CeIL-OHtljd

An indigo dyed bag

An indigo dyed bag

mazzaus was given some pieces of indigo-dyed fabric some time ago. A workshop she signed up for included a drawstring bag and she realised that it was the perfect project to use the fabric.

localandbespoke.com/2022/06/01/an-indigo-dyed-bag


 

Free patterns and projects

A selection of free seasonal patterns which will work well with handspun yarn.

Easy Crochet Bucket Hat by Jess Coppom

Easy Crochet Bucket Hat by Jess Coppom

Jess says that this pattern is suitable for a beginner and it's easily customisable to fit anyone (with counting and measuring).

The pattern is available for free on this page, or for purchase as an ad-free pdf.

makeanddocrew.com/crochet-bucket-hat-free-pattern

Rainbowret by Woolly Wormhead

Rainbowret by Woolly Wormhead

Rainbowret is designed to work with scraps of yarn joined in a rainbow sequence. Woolly has published a tutorial for making rainbow scrap yarn (link within the text of the pattern) but why not spin a suitable rainbow handspun yarn?

It's made entirely in stocking stitch in the round, with optional i-cord finish.

www.woollywormhead.com/blog/2012/3/4/rainbowret.html


 

More pattern suggestions

Inclinations Cowl by Andrea Mowry

Inclinations Cowl by Andrea Mowry

Sarah has made the Inclinations Cowl using her handspun yarn. The fisherman's rib makes a chunky fabric. She's hoping for cooler weather so that she can wear it!

The pattern calls for 720 - 800 yards of 12 wpi yarn.

www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/inclinations-cowl


 

But is it art...?

Nick Cave,

Nick Cave, "Soundsuit"

A retrospective of artist Nick Cave opening this week at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

In this video he talks about his inspiration and his work.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDUa1K7fJGk

A vibrant coral ecosystem of thousands of crocheted sculptures

A vibrant coral ecosystem of thousands of crocheted sculptures

Since the Crochet Coral Reef project began in 2005, almost 20,000 people have contributed their own fibre-based forms. More than 40,000 of the oceanic works are now on view at the Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden.

www.thisiscolossal.com/2022/05/crochet-coral-reef-wertheim

Monumental yarn art installations add a radiant spectrum of color indoors and outdoors

Monumental yarn art installations add a radiant spectrum of color indoors and outdoors

Eric Rieger's monumental installations use loose threads that are able to move freely in the breeze.

mymodernmet.com/hottea-yarn-art-installations


 

UK Events

2022

Bannockyarn - Stirling Yarn Fayre

Bannockyarn - Stirling Yarn Fayre

6 & 7 August, Bannockburn House, Stirling FK7 8EY

Over 25 of the country's best sellers of yarn and fiber and accessories for you to browse and buy, taster workshops, talks, guided tours, pop-up tea room, and some delicious catering.

Regular, discounted and VIP tickets, optional tour of the house.

Please read the information about parking and shuttle bus.

https://www.bannockburnhouse.scot/event-directory/bannockyarn-stirling-yarn-fayre/?fbclid=IwAR2b6JhWuhPeiws_j_VCKh-vsNheBhlsF9pX5Ne4docD68S2iP5tFJTE_qM

Southern Wool Show

Southern Wool Show

3 and 4 September 2022, Newbury Racecourse, Berkshire

The perfect event for all lovers of knitting, crochet, feltmaking, weaving, spinning, dyeing, and all things woolly!

www.southernwoolshow.co.uk

Perth Festival Of Yarn

Perth Festival Of Yarn

10 and 11 September 2022. Dewars Centre, Glover St, Perth PH2 0TH

Bringing together independent dyers, farmers, knitters, spinners, felters and weavers. In 2018 nominated for the best yarn festival in the UK. Vendors' gallery marketplace, over 80 vendors, keynote event, social events and classes run over the weekend.

perthfestivalofyarn.uk

Llandovery Sheep Festival

Llandovery Sheep Festival

17 - 18 September 2022,

To highlight and raise awareness of all the wonderful things that our British wool can be used for.

llandoverysheepfestival.co.uk

Yarndale

Yarndale

24 and 25 September 2022, Skipton Auction Mart, North Yorkshire

Stunning exhibitions, skill demonstrations and a full programme of textile workshops create a visual feast and make Yarndale a real must-visit for yarn lovers.

yarndale.co.uk

Masham Sheep Fair

The Wool Event, Masham Sheep Fair

24 and 25 September 2022, Masham Town Hall

Craft market and fleece stalls, specialising in British wool to compliment the sheep-related events that fill the square of Masham over the weekend.

www.mashamsheepfair.com

Shetland Wool Week

Shetland Wool Week

24 September - 2 October 2022

Shetland Wool Week will be going ahead in person this year. It will be a scaled back version of the usual physical event as the main focus will be on delivering SWW in full for 2023

Includes classes, talks, drop-ins, art. See website for the full events listing.

shetlandwoolweek.com

Bakewell Wool Gathering

Bakewell Wool Gathering

Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 October 2022 Bakewell Agricultural Centre

A wool festival dedicated to the best of yarn, knitting, and crochet, in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales.

There will be exhibitors, demonstrations of fibre crafts and a fleece stand selling plenty of local fleece.

bakewellwool.co.uk

Kendal Wool Gathering

Kendal Wool Gathering

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October 2022, Kendall Town Hall

Kendal Wool Gathering mixes demonstrations, fun activities and displays, all connected to the cloth on which the town's wealth was built.

All things woolly - exhibitions, patterns, demonstrations.

www.kendalwoolgathering.co.uk


 

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