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Meet the Producer.....

Edward & Laura Sutcliffe Meet the Producer focuses this time on Ed and Laura Sutcliffe who keep rare breed Lonk and Whitefaced Woodland sheep at Heptonstall, near Hebdon Bridge in West Yorkshire. On Saturday we had the rare treat of visiting the farm during lambing and seeing the fleece as it entered the world! Last […]

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Spinning at Liverpool John Moores University

We were extremely happy to have been invited back to Liverpool John Moores University to teach a tutorial in hand spinning for the fashion students there. This was our third visit this academic year and we've been blown over by both the interest shown by the students and their ability too. John Moores Uni have […]

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Wool & Wine

What a night! Our first post Covid Wool & Wine event was a huge success thanks to all the lovely people who attended and a great venue in Briars Hall, Burscough, Lancashire. We chose Community as our theme and we are incredibly lucky in our area of the country to be well covered with Spinning, […]

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Meet the Producer.....

Interview with Lucinda Bird from Benridge Woolworks Following our series of meet the producer, we spoke to Lucinda Bird from Benridge Woolworks. Based in County Durham, they sell wholesale specially selected wool and bespoke, handmade needle felts. They support British farmers by buying wool at a fair price, which we can then spin knowing we […]

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Navajo v Traditional Plying

Which Ply & When? Navajo or chain plying is a really useful tool to have in your spinning kit. It might seem a little complicated at first but with some practice and patience (isn't that always the case?) you'll find you're getting into the swing of things. Navajo or chain plying is plying from one […]

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Worsted Spinning-week 2 of Spin Club

We decided to focus on worsted spinning this week at Spin Club. It's my go to style of spinning and it was great to have the opportunity to delve into it a little bit more. As is always the case, many different spinners will have their take on what is the definitive description of a […]

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Spin Club Win! (we think)

Thank you to everyone that joined us for the first Weaverbirds Spin Club. We were ridiculously nervous but a couple of minutes in and it was fine, the time flew. It's interesting to hear other's experience of spinning, how they spin their fibre and the wheels they prefer. Shared experience while we can't be together […]

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Weaverbirds Spin Club

You are cordially invited to join Heather and I for an hour of spinning each Sunday at 3pm 3pm - early enough for you to grab an hour to yourself and late enough to have a little something to celebrate the day! Could be a little glass of white or a large velvety hit chocolate […]

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Ways to spin an even yarn part 1 - Cross lacing

What's the issue? One of our aims as new spinners is to be able to spin super fine yarn. We berate ourselves because our yarn is thick and chunky. Once it is thinner, it's over spun or has little piglet tails. We've reduced our tension. How can we stop this happening? There are a few […]

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Thoughts for the New Year

How did we get to 2021 so quickly? It's a complete mystery and yet here we are. So what's new for Lazykate in the year ahead? When I first thought of having a textile business more than 20 years ago, my aim was to grow natural dyes, spin and sell my yarn. Such a labour […]

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