Spinning, knitting, crochet, weaving and dyeing are Janet's passion and the reason she springs out of bed every morning with a song in her heart. Her aim is to pass this love of fibre on to others and help them de-stress, have fun and create wonderful things.
She has taught spinning, weaving, dyeing, crochet, knitting and feltmaking at all levels for 20 years and to more than 45 different groups, organisations, schools and yarn shops. Many have her back time and time again.
Based in East Ayrshire, Scotland, Janet teaches all over Scotland plus Cumbria and Northumberland in the North of England.
To summarise, Janet:
Is an accredited Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers tutor.
Has tutored at the Weavers, Spinners and Dyers National Summer School
Is experienced in working with people in all types of settings, from Guilds and voluntary groups, to schools, Looked After young people and those with additional needs
Holds the Certificate of Achievement in Handspinning
Has the Diploma in Crochet part 1
Is fully insured and has a PVG certificate
Is a published author of two books 'How to spin - just about anything' which unlike many books, actually DOES tell you how to spin - and 'Knit 1 Bike 1, a knitting and cycling tour of Scotland'.
Has been involved in many projects and exhibitions. This has included using textiles in a care setting, in work for the Care Commission and in therapeutic work.'
Is a member and past President of Dumfries & Galloway Guild of Weavers Spinners & Dyers.
Co-founded Ayrshire Handspinners & Weavers 20 years ago.
Has a touring exhibition of 'Knit 1 Bike 1' starting at the Textile Tower House Museum in Hawick.
'Thank you so much for the workshop. It was tremendous. Such fun and so illuminating!
'Everyone said they would come again'
'Fantastic - really well-organised course and really good tutor'
'The course was brilliant from beginning to end - can't think how it might be improved'
'Clear teaching. Time for practice or consolidation in a relaxed atmosphere'
Janet has been featured on ITV Border television and BBC Radio Scotland
(Janice Forsyth Show, Kaye Adams Show, Stephen Jardine Show hosted by Louise White.)
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