Spinning and Weaving Courses Chez Nous

One of the things I love to do most is have people to visit.  We live in a plain wee street in a lovely bungalow in a simple Ayrshire village.  Our back garden is a real surprise, as we grow a lot of veg in a relatively small space and are actually WWOOF hosts too.  (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms).

Simple living has always been a part of what we do and we decided years ago that living in a village was more sustainable and a better life than being in the hills (as we were previously).   So we have a modern, well insulated bungalow, solar panels, a wood burning stove, grow veg and live in a place with three buses an hour, people around during the day and hills in every direction.  Yes, we still have the hills.  You can set off and walk in any direction from here.

So it makes perfect sense to have ‘cosy courses’ in our living room.  People love them and the numbers are smaller – often 3 or 4 people but certainly no more than 5, depending on what it is.   Hubby makes soup for us and we eat around the kitchen table.

The most recent course was a ‘flexible’ two day spinning course.   Beginners on day one and improvers on day two.  You could book for one or both days, and all levels except complete beginners can come to day two.

Local accommodation is available and we also have a spare room where you are welcome to stay.  You can have a wee peek at our house here we are air bnb hosts.

Oh and we also do one to one tuition, anything from half a day to two days and stay the night!  Your very own micro retreat chez nous, in other words.

To see the current course list, visit Create With Fibre.

Victoria on a one to one spindling lesson

Knit 1 bike 1 Update

The Knit 1 bike 1 book was published in May 2016.    Get your copy here. 

The work for the exhibition was completed September 2016.

The project has been featured on Radio Scotland three times, TV Border and in many newspapers and magazines.

And the first exhibition took place at the Textile Tower House, Hawick Oct-Dec 2016.  They loved it and declared it their ‘feel good exhibition of the year’.

More dates are now planned:  

The Carnegie Library Ayr, 1st – 10th April 2017

Stair Community Centre Ayrshire 21st – 24th April 2017

Heartfelt Dalmally Oct/Nov 2017 dates to be confirmed

Dumfries Museum 21st Nov – 9th Dec 2017

There will also hopefully be dates in Dalmellington where I live, that is being worked on at present.

Janet gets home after her 10 week woolly cycle round Scotland
A book signing at the local Chemist’s shop

Duns – and I am home in 11 days!

Home in 11 days time and having a ball.  Visit to The Border Mill in Duns today.  They process alpaca on a small scale for producers. Bought some wonderful fibre and they also sell yarn.     The White Swan at Duns is lovely.  Plain but homely which suits me fine with the most awesome of pub meals in their humble bar.

Alpaca dries at The Border Mill
Yarns and fibre for sale at the Mill

Giant puffballs

Always wanted to see giant puffballs and there they were at the side of the road  Not a place you would walk and cars would never see them. Oh the joy of a bicycle. And of course they are now on the ‘must crochet or knit’ list.

Giant puffballs near Innerwick

Workshop in a field

Lovely to see everyone and there is nothing like spinning outdoors. All so relaxed.  Haddington Spinners are a hardy lot and camped in Angela’s horse field whilst I had a lovely comfy bed in her spare room.

the Haddington Spinners workshop
Staying with Angela, Bill and dog Kai at Longniddry

Prestonpans

Thrilling to be on the east coast because not only have I cycled up Scotland as far as Dingwall but I have now also gone from one coast at Ayr in the West to Prestonpans on the other side. Dipped a finger in the water just to prove it!

The Bike at Preston Pans

More talks and workshops

The time is whizzing by now I am nearer home and have less than three weeks to go. This workshop a couple is days ago was at Victoria Bennett’s house in Edinburgh.  She is also a jazz singer and has a show at the Fringe this year.  Last night I gave a talk with slide show at penicuik arts centre.

Today I cycled 26 miles and am now at Longniddry staying with Angela and Bill. Haddington spinners are camping in the horse field and tomorrow I am doing a wee workshop with them on longdraw spinning. Wonderful fun tonight sitting in the field!

the workshop at Victoria’s

Lanarkshire – A trip down memory lane

Cycled from Paisley to Glasgow then hopped on a train to Lanark.  We passed through Uddingston where I spent ost of my childhood. Lanarkshire still feels like home and the people just seem to speak my language.  At New Lanark my wee workshop shared the space with the Quaker Tapestry.

notice for the workshop at New Lanark

Paisley to new lanark

Cycled back from Paisley to Glasgow. Virtually the whole way is off road on good tracks. Peaceful, quiet and lovely. Glasgow has great cycle ways. Hopped on a train to Lanarkshire and it iscwindy tonight again.  A blast from the past as my first ‘proper’ job was in Lanarkshire. This was my local and still going strong.

The Wallace Cave, still offering tea and biscuits for £1