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.
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.)
Thank you Janet – what a wonderful way to spend a wet Saturday, learning, weaving, laughing!!!
Thoroughly enjoyed it and will certainly be thinking of coming to course no 2 soon.
Hope you manage a wee glass of something tonight, you deserve it. FF
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the workshop in Dumfries on Saturday. I’ve been very hesitant at mixing colours so far, playing very safely. What I learned from your workshop is to experiment with bizarre mixes. I have spun all the bits and bobs I brought home, some of them to “match,” some to clash, and some completely randomly, and I haven’t made a colour I dislike. In fact, the ones I like the least are the safe ones (magenta, lilac, turquoise, for example), and my very favourite is green, yellow, red, purple and white, especially chosen to look awful! Even the one I spun from the batt from the drum carder, which we all added a random bit to, is interesting and very wearable.
If you’re interested, I have knitted them all into a sampler, and put them on a project page…Blending Workshop in my handspun.
I’m really excited, and now in the market for a drum carder!
Thanks again. JS
What a great morning I had yesterday. I was a little dubious about doing a workshop on weaving as I knew basic weaving, but was delighted of learning to 'liberate' my weaving.
It was such fun, thank you. RW
I went with the understanding that I would be a demon spinner after the course - I have to say demons are no problem now and I loved every minute of it, learned a vast amount and I'm now in full production and have invested in a second wheel so that my very pretty little traveller doesn't get bashed about in the car. DM
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