A candle in the dark

A candle in the dark

What a difference a month makes! We are still busy getting products listed and designs formalised, while experimenting with materials and checking in on the close network of suppliers, many of which are small farms and family run businesses that we have found to get materials from. It is the smaller and simpler things that [...]

Exhibition review- Unbound: Visionary Women Collecting Textiles

Exhibition review- Unbound: Visionary Women Collecting Textiles

Two Temple Place, London, 25th January- 19th April 2020 Giubba (19th century), Albania. Photo: Calderdale Museums Collection, Halifax On a chilly but bright Sunday at the end of February, I set out to see the latest winter exhibition at Two Temple Place, London. This impressive Neo-Gothic building on the Thames was built by William Waldorf Astor in [...]

Nettle Fibre at London Fashion Week 2019

Nettle Fibre at London Fashion Week 2019

http://www.vinandomi.com/ss20-sting/4594719998 After recently having the pleasure of an introduction to nettle fibre and the process undertaken to create this by Allan Brown earlier in the summer, I am fully aware of the time and skill involved in creating this interesting fabric.I was equally stunned at the quality of drape and sheen the final cloth can [...]

Spinning with Nettles

Spinning with Nettles

So this was interesting. Our July Guild meeting was held on a gorgeous farm in South Oxfordshire containing a workshop run by Alan, who taught us the basics of spinning fibre extracted from stinging nettles. Alan is behind the nettle spinning movement and star of the below video, in which he takes you on the [...]

Book Review: “Handknitting for winter” and “The works of Aran Knitting”, Part Two

Book Review: “Handknitting for winter” and “The works of Aran Knitting”, Part Two

My second book of the two purchased recently is "The works of Aran Knitting", (the first review you can see at the bottom of this page, under previous post. This is an utterly adorable Japanese tour of the Aran Isles, their knitted social history, museum and archival visits, stitch dictionary and introduction to the local [...]

Book Review: “Handknitting for winter” and “The works of Aran Knitting”, Part One.

Book Review: “Handknitting for winter” and “The works of Aran Knitting”, Part One.

So these two beauties arrived in the post a couple of weeks ago to cheer me up during my working week. I am not ashamed to admit that I took them to work so that I could glance away from my computer to the top tier of my in-tray, just to lovingly lose myself on [...]