The Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. The objectives of the Association are the preservation and improvement of the craftsmanship in hand weaving, spinning and dyeing for the benefit of the public and the promotion of public education in such craftsmanship. The Association produces a quarterly magazine, The Journal.
A friendly group of enthusiastic people who meet at The Doon Valley Museum in Dalmellington.
Kilmartin Museum - my most favourite museum ever with a great programme of courses including textile courses. I deliver courses there on dyeing. My funky hand woven scarves (which of course have some hand spun and hand dyed stuff in them) are on sale at the museum as are my super duper little craft kits for embroiderers and felt makers.
Borders Textile Tower House Museum - an amazing museum & exhibition space. I have taught several weaving workshops here plus they were the very first venue for my Knit 1 Bike 1 exhibition on tour. Lovely people!
West Street Arts Centre, Penicuik - a super venue where I have taught many spinning workshops.
UK handknitting - a resource for knitters. UKHA as it is often known does so much for the world of knitting. We love you!
Knitting a Life - Jane KAL's blog a lovely knitting blog. I met Jane when she was part of my spinning class at the Association of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Summer School. She spearheaded a wonderful project when the Olympics came to London and every athelete was given a hand knitted cushion as a welcome gift. Apart from that she is just a really nice person and i hope we bump into each other again soon...
Scottish Fibres - the best fibre supply business in our humble opinion and it is based in Scotland. but then we are biased, because the truth is that this business grew out of our very first spinning and weaving supply business and used to be called The Byre and was orginally based at our home in Ayrshire! And Janet still teaches courses for Scottish Fibres on a regular basis at Penicuik Art Centre in Midlothian.
Doreen and John we love what you do xxx
Adelaide Walker - Run by Angela, they have been supplying fibres to the textile craft industry for over 35 years.
The Wheel Ewe - Majacraft stockist: spinning wheels, weaving looms, spinning fibre, wool dyes. Mainly an internet based shop in Dumfries & Galloway, South-west Scotland, where they have a few Ryeland sheep and Belted Galloway cows.
HandSpinner - Sheila Dixon aka peahen on Ravelry - Spinning, dyeing and felting supplies.
The Threshing Barn - a wide range of textile craft kits, own hand dyed wool, knitting yarn, silks and other fibres.
Hedgehog Equipment - Spinning & Weaving supplies, plus Janet's books, based in Abergavenny.
The Irish Wool Shop - a family owned business operating on the south coast of Ireland in Bunmahon County Waterford. An extensive stock of knitting wool and knitting patterns.
Katrin Eagle felt maker - Katrin makes lovely detailed felt brooches many with a Celtic feel to them.
Travel Quest - a great company for knitting holidays.
Inside hype jacobs - Paul is a young man who has an amazing passion for Jacob sheep. He breeds, shows and sells them. He really is young - when we met he was just 17. He attended a spindle spinning course I ran at Higham Hall in Cumbria and had a stall at Woolfest. He was the youngest person on the Jacob Sheep society stall and looked splendid sporting his Jacob Sheepy tie.
Knitting Retreats UK - our other website will redirect you to our createwithfibre/retreats page on this site.
The North East Wildlife & Animal Rescue Centre is a small independent Charity, based just outside Ellon, Aberdeenshire. Knitting pattern for chicken jumpers / hen sweaters.
Woolfest - The original British Wool Festival, Established in 2005
"founded to provide a showcase and a celebration of the best of wool and wool crafts. The event is all about creativity and design with beautiful quality, amazing colours and skilled craftsmanship. It is also a great day out and was recognised in 2012 when Woolfest won the Cumbria Tourism Event of the Year Award.
Woolfest 2017 will be on Fri 23 and Sat 24 June.
Woolclip - Stockists of Janet's books, The Wool Clip is an award-winning co-operative made up of local wool workers, formed in 2001 and today we have 14 members who run the thriving Wool Clip shop in Caldbeck.
Janet's simplicity blog - Home of 'Diary of a Downshifter' - for those who want to save money and get a better quality of life
Downsizer - simplicity website for those who are interested
Lee and Janet's Practical Simple Living Public group on Facebook
Plants and Apples - the most amazing place in Scotland to buy 'plants with purpose'; herbs and dye plants + apple trees
The Old School B&B, Dalleagles, Ayrshire - our most popular Retreat venue.
Perth Festival of Yarn - where Janet is teaching spinning and weaving in 2017
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