Promoting Spinning, Weaving, Dyeing and Allied crafts

2016 Programme

Here is our 2016 programme – hope you find something to interest you

Explanation of the colour coding below
Hyde Lea Hall Sessions
Dates in black are our normal Tuesday evening sessions from 7-9pm
Dates in purple are Saturday sessions from 1-5pm
Dates in green are elsewhere and usually 10-3pm

26th Jan Untangling the Web – Digital crafting resources and Skill Share Night
23rd Feb Sourcing fibres
12th Mar Tips and Tricks with Fleece
22nd Mar Skill Share Night
26th April Carding and Plying
14th May Practical session on carding and plying
24th May Skill Share Night
28th June Fibre Night Fever – fun quiz
18th or 25th July Meet Janet’s Alpacas
26th July Skill Share Night
28th Aug All the ‘W’s – worsted or woollen; which, when and why
17th Sept Spin in Public Day – opportunity to practice worsted and woollen skills
27th Sept Skill Share Night
8th Oct Spinning Specialist Fibres
25th Oct AGM and Skill share night
22nd Nov Show & Tell – Treasures, Disasters & UFOs


We have had a really busy year this year – so much has gone on and we haven’t had time to talk about it until now.  So here’s a whistle stop tour of the year – with a few photos.

We started off by going back to basics so as to better understand our fibres and how to prepare them – culminating with a visit from and to  Griffiths’ Mill – what a pleasure that was.

We decided to focus on braiding in July –

Braiding Session

Quickly followed by our Dyeing day.  It must have been one of the hottest days of summer – and yes you guessed it – we were literally cooking – both fibre and ourselves

Dyeing Day

Our ‘introduction to weaving’ night got a few more members hooked and we’ve had some beautiful results from the felting day.

All of this meant that we had some wonderful items to display on Spin in Public day and at the other events we attended – here’s a flavour


Thank you for reading this far – hope you’ve enjoyed this little tour of 2014

We’re going to be looking at how you can make the most of the fibres you come into contact with.

First we’ll loook at how you can start with fibres that can be recycled , then how to do it and finally – we all have a bit extra in our stash (go on you know you have more than you’ll ever be able to do something with !) so why not pass it on to someone else and get to see the results!

Cash free fun – go on, you know you’ll love it!  Come along to our meeting on the 28th May!


YarnGathering invites all Local Crafters to a ‘CrafterDay’ or ‘CrafterNoon’ or ‘CrafterHour’ at Stone Station in Stone, Staffordshire.
DATE :- June 1st 2013
TIME :- 10.30 – 15.30
WHY :- Just thought it would be good for all us crafty folk to have a meet and natter, to put names to Ravelry members we see online. To share our knowledge and skills and admire projects and generally have a fun time. Oh, and of course eat cake 🙂
COST :- Adult £3 Child £1

There will be no commercial aspect to the day.

There will be a CHINESE – AUCTION see for how-it-works details. So bring along your unwanted craft items.  Proceeds will go to p/hop.

A most deserving and appropriate charity for all us crafters.

There will be drinks and cake and cookies and you are very welcome to bring along your lunch if you want to make a day of it.
Children are welcome.

It would be wonderful to have broad range of crafts there so please anyone who is a spinner, weaver come along if you can. No electrical equipment is allowed without a current PAT Certificate.

Stone Station is a wonderful community centre, very easy to get to with one level accessibility and excellent parking.

Road access is off Jct 14 of the M6. Postcode is ST15 8ER.

We had the good fortune to be asked to participate at the Woodland & Country Craft show at Stafford Castle on 12th May. We had quite a few visitors to our tent despite the weather (it was a tad cold but at least the rain held off for most of the day).  Hope you had chance to pop by – the photos show a few rare, quiet moments 🙂

Stafford Castle 12 May

April 2013 – Update

We had a great night – here’s a quick look at what we did

23 April 2013

April 23rd sees us having a go at stick weaving – a very effective and quick way to introduce weaving concepts (great for kids too) and weaving on a peg loom.  Chris will take us through the basics for stick weaving and Carol has volunteered to show us how to warp up your peg loom and also how to make a quick scarf

We will be playing host to Laura and Linda of Brampton Valley Alpacas on Saturday 16th March 2013 from 1pm to 5pm, at Hyde Lea Village Hall.  They plan to tell us all about alpacas and their fibres.  We’ll also have a chance to learn more about spinning alpace fibre, and if time allows, how to needle felt.

Places are limited so please contact us to check if there is space before coming along – there will be a charge of £10 for non-members (includes refreshments, access to equipment and fibre samples).

A wonderful evening was had by all those who attended.  Just check out these photos

Feb 16a

Feb 16b

February 2013

Dora will be taking us through the basics of long draw spinning.  She’s bringing along a couple of her wheels, including her great wheel, and has promised to let you have a go.

Long draw spinning is a really useful technique to learn – it’s the best way of spinning very short fibres (such as cotton) and makes a lovely, soft, fluffy and warm yarn with wool – very good for snuggly sweaters.

Hope to see you on Tuesday 26th at 7:30pm

January 2013

Welcome to 2013 – hope you had a great festive break

Our first meeting of the year will be on 29th January (postponed a week due to the snow)
It’s to be a skill share night with an option to get advice on how to overhaul/maintain your spinning equipment if you have any
We’ll also be explaining our programme for 2013 – for more details click here or on the link at the top right of the screen

Do hope you can come along


The snow cleared, the hall was warm so we were finally able to meet.  We shared in a wonderful moment when a ‘newborn’ joined our ranks – an Ashford Traveller that had sat in it’s box for 30 years finally began it’s journey into being a fully functional wheel – hooray!! We can’t wait to see it in it’s full glory!

Do hope it’s finished in time for it’s owner to learn long draw spinning in February 🙂