Cambridge Open Studios

Last weekend Crafty Fibres were exhibiting as part of Spindependence – Collective with Cambridge Open Studios. The first weekend was a vibrant show from four textile artists. We had a very busy time with lots of visitors.

collage

We are open again this weekend (8th & 9th July) from 11am – 6pm both days. We are at Harlton Village Hall, Coach Drive, Harlton, CB23 1EN.

Dyeing kits available on Etsy

We’re selling our craft kits online via Etsy. Our Etsy shop is live and we’ve added the dyeing kits to the shop with their various flavours (Shetland tops, BFL DK yarn, Cheviot DK yarn or Falkland Island Merino 4-ply yarn). We’re currently working on other kits and will be listing these as they become available.

BFL-CF

Dyeing kits at Textiles East

We had a very successful launch of our dyeing kits at Textiles East.

thestand

It was a great experience and we will be doing it again. We are restocking and the dyeing kits will be selling online in our Etsy shop shortly.

Textiles East

We are at Textiles East this weekend at Swavesey Village College in Cambridgeshire. We’re selling dyeing kits using concentrated food colour (which is great for dyeing wool in the kitchen using just the equipment you already have and distilled white vinegar). Find us next to FibreTastic’s stand in the retail hall.

textiles east

Open Studios 2016

We had a lovely time at Cambridge Open Studios at Harlton. We had lots of visitors and lots of great discussions about the creation of the garments and the photography on display.

Here’s a look at the Crafty Fibres stand from the first day:

setup

While we were open I was able to do some spinning. I ended up spinning a Navajo-plied yarn with an additional thread carrying beads (It was rather a complicated spin to be doing in public!)

spinning

Inspiration

As part of the preparations for Open Studios, I was asked on Sunday what inspires me. At the time I answered “Colour” and “Nature”, but since then I’ve been thinking more about this, and realise I get inspiration from many places.

I’ve recently finished a skein of yarn. I started it in April with the desire to use some stunning blue Teeswater locks. Lots of playing around with different colours eventually resulted in a pile of wool, bamboo, trilobal-nylon and some seacell.

fibre-pile

I blended the chosen fibres on the blending board:

board

To produce light airy batts of blended fibre.

blended

Spinning the first single:

single

I spun a second single without the locks and then plied them together. The yarn isn’t finished until it’s been washed (this sets the twist). This is it drying on the line yesterday afternoon:

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finished(1)

The yarn reminds me of piercing blue seas, with crashing waves, golden sands, seaweed and white horses; and so I’m calling it Seascape. My inspiration for this yarn was the locks I wanted to use, in a way that showed off their colour and texture to their best. However, despite my starting point, the finished yarn brings me back to nature!

You will be able to see the yarn at Open Studios. We are opening as a working studio – so I may be working it into a garment during the show!

Open Studios

We are pleased to announce that Crafty Fibres will be taking part in Cambridge Open Studios this year. We’ll be opening as a working studio at Harlton Village Hall for the first two weekends in July. More details can be found from Hazel’s profile on the Open Studio’s website.

Cambridge Open Studios

Crafty Fibres

Welcome to Crafty Fibres, the home of beautiful textile art.  We are a small independent company specialising in artisan made textiles created here in the UK.  All our textiles are unique original pieces featuring hand-weaving, hand-spinning and hand-dyeing along with other techniques.