A few weeks ago, in spite of the freezing fog and snow blizzards sweeping The North, I made the 240 mile pilgrimage from Brighton to Wentworth. [I should note at this point, as I’m sure you’ll be concerned for my welfare, that I did make a stew-and-dumplings stop in Chesterfield, so the journey wasn’t quite as long or arduous as I make out]. The reason for such a journey?.. To spend the morning at Wingham Wool Work with the very talented Ruth Gough. For those unfamiliar with Wingham, it is wool heaven and you should go at least once in your life [http://www.winghamwoolwork.co.uk/]. Apart from the general joy of rummaging around in sheds full to the beams of fibre of all kinds and colours, the day had two exciting outcomes:
The first was that in just 3 hours with Ruth, my spinning was revolutionised : ) Having started spinning 2 years ago armed with only a drop spindle and YouTube, it was an absolute treat to get some one-to-one expert insights. I now feel like I know what I’m doing…almost!
The second; I am now the proud owner of a Kromski Harp rigid heddle loom. It took some time to set up as it turns out I’m a complete dunce at making anything that doesn’t involve wool as a key constituent part. However, after a few hours of grumbling and wondering which end was which my loom finally looked something like the picture.
Wasting no time, I dug out some spare 4 ply yarn (Drops Alpaca) and began my first foray into weaving. Results below (click to enlarge) …