I have been rather caught up with fibre matters recently and somehow have put off writing for longer than intended. I have just finished a set of towels  two for my daughter who wanted grey and pale blue, and finally three for us which I will not end up giving away as presents!  They are all pure 2 ply linen woven in a  traditional Swedish Drall from the 8-shaft Pattern book. I photographed them straight of the loom and they have not been hemmed or finished.

Apart from weaving I have been spinning some Cheviot tops to knit a cardigan. I have discovered that it is more difficult to spin than raw fleece as it slips through my fingers too fast!  I have almost spun a kilo and during that time have improved but the first skeins are thicker than I intended. I wanted to knit a classic lace cable cardigan from Lace Styles edt Allen and Budd, but found my tension was too thick and I didn’t like the texture at all. Over spun and overplied. I have wasted 8 oz but will use it for something else (like weaving!)

Unfortunately now I don’t think I will have enough to knit the cardigan but I will have to order some more tops or find another pattern with less cables and fiddly bits. The latest yarn is coming out approx 4 ply/DK at 13 wpi. It feels a lot woolier and softer.

The spinning made me yearn for more colour. I have enjoyed natural dyes but wanted to try Acid Dyes as I would be able to play around with mixing and experimenting at will rather than hunting for plants.

My daughter gave me a starter pack from Kemtex which included the Primary colours Red, Blue and Yellow plus Jade and Brown (though I havn’t tried the last two yet.)

 I bought two great books for the dyeing novice and collected pots, jats and measuring cups and spoons in readiness.

These are the books which I bought and which have  helped me to understand colour mixing. I can appreciate the need to measure everything and to keep accurate records so that colours can be repeated BUT I got carried away and started dyeing small quantities of yarn completely mesmerised by how easy it is….though much much more tricky to repeat


It felt like a mysterious world of alchemy and I was cautious due to my difficulty with precision and patience. I want the end result too much. Weaving and spinning are really helping me to enjoy the process i.e. warping and carding. rather than feeling these are chores to be got through to enjoy the real business!!!

Here are my results. It is not a real colour wheel and even now I can’t remember what colour   came from what….but I have got the basic principles and will calculate properly next time. It’s  just so exciting to realise that I can create whatever I want…including the elusive duck egg blue, which failed to appear this time!!!!!! and which my daughter-in-law eventually (when I have found it) wants together with a brown to weave into a window seat cushion.

As a  result of my dyeing experiments I have 3 pots of dye mixed in the primary colours all made up and sitting on a kitchen shelf. I have been mixing small amounts, dyeing some fleece and spinning and blending. I am at the early stages but my heart fluttered with anticipation when I produced this!!!

The blue is definitely of the duck egg variety!! Stupidly I didn’t record how I got there  but it was an unlikely mix of a mauvy purple (which involves red and blue!) and some yellow which found the blue and greenified it all !! I know that’s not good enough but its given me confidence. I think I learn by trial and error or perhaps just by my mistakes!

As an aside we went to Dungeness last week, a cold and desolate spot which harbours migrating birds, a mini steam railway and a hideous nuclear power station, and where Derek Jarman the film director used to live. The wind was howling and blowing masses of lichen around. It grows profusely here, so I gathered a bagful, bought it home and sampled a little for dye.

I had hoped it would be green or blue but the yellow ochre shade is interesting and I will use it.

Once I have recovered from my excitement I want to think about a weaving project using all this colour  in a creative and purposeful way. I haven’t woven much handspun and would like to produce something a little more even and less home made looking than I am spinning at present (that sounds daft but I know what I mean!) So I think it will be more productive to dye some purchased undyed yarn until I progress in the spinning stakes!

What shall I weave next? This is a pathetic dilemma . Is it a question of being spoilt for choice or are there logical paths to follow? I am not weaving to sell I don’t have to concern myself with the market. It is not Christmas so I don’t need to make gifts. I have a new wider loom. I have a stash of 2 ply linen. I have some dyed handspun. I don’t feel justified in ordering more and more yarn , weaving is an expensive interest!!! The linen asks to be made into towels, tablecloths, place mats and garments. The problem is that I don’t really need or use some of these things. So then I start telling myself the importance of heirlooms etc!!  I love Swedish  weaving. I love Malin Selander and I was given a second hand copy of her book Weaving Patterns.. There are evocative memories for me of contemporary design of the late 50s and 60s

This pattern caught my eye, It is a tablecloth which is recommended for the oblong table! Just the job. I have the linen. I have the loom. I have decided……..

.I spend a lot of time reading other peoples blogs, weavers, spinners, designers, and really admire the ones who are more like artists with their use of colour, often using the camera and photographic images to inspire. I have rather enviously seen how weavers in the US seem to have a much wider access to yarn stores than we do here. I also feel limited by budget, not by anyone else but myself. I sense that weaving and spinning have the air of an  addictive behaviour and I must feed my habit wisely and not be profligate. I understand the healthy balance of finding commercial outlets to do this but I do not believe there is a profitable market here for the things I am making  at the moment.

 I am still exploring  new techniques and learning so much as I go.Improving my spinning skills, and finding that I can make coloured yarn opens up possibilities which will not require vast amounts of money. I feel more self reliant. I just wish I had discovered weaving  or it had discovered me a long time ago .

I have been ‘resting’ as they say, but in reality only from the discipline of blogging not weaving. I am ready to re-enter the weaving world . A quick overview of the last few months then.

I had the break as I seemed to have over committed myself and had rather a lot on!

First my husbands 70th birthday. A fantastic day and a garden full of old friends and non-stop music. all live and made by our kids, grand kids, old friends and neighbours.

Then I had promised to make my  niece’s  prom dress. She chose a beautiful Vintage Vogue pattern which was a nightmare to make and involved yards of fabric.

Then time seemed to slip away, but I began to muse and plan and work out whether I should invest in a new loom. My Bergman functions OK and has sentimental attachments but it is not perfect. She is old and a bit rickety. I have been very impressed by the blogs written by Louet Spring owners. Finally in November I contacted wonderful Don Porritt who was incredibly helpful and fair with prices and shipping and I placed an order for an 8 shaft Spring 90.

Then I had to be patient as the factory in the Netherlands had just sold the last one and had to make another run. This took me until December. Then it snowed here and in Netherlands. In deep snow 2 weeks before Christmas a carrier drew up outside and delivered my loom beautifully packed on a pallet (which was not wasted but chopped up for the woodburner. The pallet not the loom!)

While waiting for the delivery I completely revamped my weaving room/hut/ex-garage  but transformed into  weaving studio!!! I have always allowed things to be stored in this space,musical instruments,bedding,camping gear, which reduced it to store room while I longed for’ a room of my own’.

I now have two 8-shaft looms and an 8-shaft table loom. I have my sewing machine and overlocker ready for use, and I have organised,de-cluttered and cleaned. I do not have any misconceptions that it will remain like this as I function a bit like a tornado when creating. I wish to reform this state (one day) I even have hooks with scissors hanging in size order!!!!

My lovely new loom can be seen standing naked in the background.

I have woven some towels for Christmas presents but was so pushed for time I forgot to photograph them.

And from the other direction….


 I even have enough space for a chair and all my books and for my ‘quiet time/meditation each day. I have great difficulty with this discipline but its something which I believe is important and which I want to incorporate into my weaving day.

I have been quite active on the weaving front, though because I wasn’t writing my blog I kept forgetting to take pictures.

I managed to weave an  11 metre length on the Bergman to make a jacket. I found this very exciting and it opens up many doors of possibility in the future. I copied a favourite Chinese type jacket which had worn out. I used some greeny silk noil and natural   the threading was a simple crepe weave to avoid any prominant pattern .

And the last thing I wove on the Bergman which was a linen runner in Snail Trail and  Cat’sPaw Overshot….


This was a gift for my second son Luke and his wife Tess. They have just moved into a cottage near Rye and it was a housewarming present. Tess got much pleasure from placing her bits of collected Poole pottery on it as it reflected the blue which I had used. On the strength of all this she has asked me to weave some tweed curtains for the dining room.


Those are the washing instructions pinned to the bottom!!!! I should have woven it much longer but the loom was playing up and I was getting skips , Christmas was on the horizon and I became restless and wanted it finished. Can’t wait to try again on the Spring. I forgot to mention that weaving on a new contemporary loom is like the difference between driving an old banger and suddenly being given a brand new Mazda or something similar. Possibly not so quirky and temperamental but does the job without faults and is so dependable and smooth to work with.

Having said that I am determined not to allow my Bergman to languish. I love her personality and it was her presence which led to weaving  and all that goes with it.

I wove some towels in Swedish Drall in linen for presents, and my daughter wants some. I have found a wonderful source for linen (thank you Dot) and have just run out of white half way through winding the warp, so I will be able to share pictures of a dressed loom next time. I am just waiting for the post so that I can get going.


A short break!!

I have not woven anything for several weeks. I feel bereft. Other interests and duties are taking priority temporally. I have decided to take a short break from blogging. Not writing regularly causes guilt and anxiety (pathetic is it not) I value the blogging community very much. So…while busy NOT WEAVING I will have a short interlude. But I will be back!!

So what am I doing. First of all I am now feeling energetic enough to garden. For the 18 months since having a new hip my mobility has not been brilliant (good for weaving though) The garden has looked sad and unloved. Derry has made me two raised beds so that I can grow some vegetables. Our soil is sandy with hundreds of stones…we are near the sea. All goodness leaches out. So I have filled the beds with compost and manure, a purpose made environment.

We inherited an old greenhouse when we came here 14 years ago and already battered it had become unusable. An eyesore. My good husband (though not a natural do-it-yourselfer) has repaired all the broken panes. I am growing seeds and potting up and really enjoying myself. I am hoping for a cucumber, and tomatoes under glass, and mainly salads outside.

The primroses and daffodils are making it a real Easter garden at the moment.

Second interuption. My neice has asked me to make her prom dress ( a strange new US custom that has crept into English society!!!)  I foolishly agreed. We went to buy a pattern. She has excellent taste. She chose a Vintage Vogue circa 1956.

This dress is much more fiddly than expected. The skirt is massive and will require yards of dress net. I have half done the bodice. Its got those little covered buttons and rouleau loops at the back!!

So I can’t concentrate on warping and weaving just now. But when I do it will be yardage for a summer jacket.

Third event. I am trying to organise a 70th birthday for Derry in the garden for end of May. Not enormous but our 4 children  and families and a few old friends from his gigging datys. All are musiciens of some sort or another, so music will range from be-bop to ceilidh!! I will have to invite the neighbours to keep them on board.

And lastly we have been heavily into the Swedish writer Henning Mankell after watching the Swedish series on TV starring his wonderful detective Kurt Wallander. Depressed, impetuous and very human. So enthralled we are going to South Sweden in 3 weeks to follow his trail. (I know he is only a literary character) but there is such a sense of place…southern Sweden Skane, and Ystad!!! We are flying to Copenhagen, then the train over the bridge into Sweden, hire a car and Bed and Breakfast. Hope I might see some weaving en-route. Sadly Margaret Bergmans area is north of Stockholm so will have to wait for another visit.

So happy weaving and spinning everyone and I will return in the summer.


I waited and waited and then a knock at the door and the box and the packaging and fitting it together. Its a Rose by Majacraft all the way from New Zealand. It is so pretty. The wood feels warm, the wheel turns so smoothly. At first I just produced twisty harsh overspun wire, which was disappointing as I had become quite efficient on my antique wheel. I restrained myself from using the smaller whorls with high ratios and found that the 6.1 and 8.1 were fine for my early stages. It is such a pleasure to spin with it, though I have much to learn about the ratios and speeds. This was one of my reasons for choosing this wheel and for investing in another wheel at all. I have something which will challenge me and inspire me for years to come.

Here she is…

And another picture ……..though this was Day 1 and I was finding my feet (or hands might be more appropriate )

This is opening up another creative door to me. I  am falling asleep at night imagining things to knit and projects to weave. The downside is that spinning is quite a slow process and it will take me weeks to produce enough yarn to make anything

 A real advantage to the Rose over my old wheel is its silence. I was unable to sit and spin in the evening as it was accompanied by squeaks and rattles. and now I can use evening time to accumulate the raw materials of fabric production.

I have enjoyed my Christmas present spinning books and want to put techniques into practice. One of my projects is a beautiful lace and cable knitted cardigan from” Lace Style” by Pam Allen and Ann Budd.  It uses Sports weight which I think is the equivalent of a light double knitting wool. So I have just spun 200gr of 11 wpi . It could be more even but I am pleased as a starter. I may buy some ready dyed Merino Tops for this project though as it will not need all the carding which is not my favourite task

  My first Rose spun skein weighs 200 grms.The cardigan needs about 800 grms of shop spun yarn. I don’t really know how handspun compares, though I think yardage is probably more crucial.

I am unsure whether to buy ready made yarn  or make my own at the moment, but its a great situation to be in. So many choices.

I am quite happy just to pick the skein up and feel it at the moment!! It is spun from a long stapled lustrous fleece that a friend gave me. I recently bought a Shetland fleece which I was trying to spin last night. It is really difficult. A bit like cotton wool its so soft!

In my weaving career, all of nearly 2 years I have never woven a wool warp or used a plain tabby threading. I have been  carried away by twills and intricate patterns. Spinning will be pointless if I am unable to weave woolen cloth. My longterm goal has always been to weave yardage to make clothes. The use of wool and the amount required for the warp has inhibited me and I have stuck to smaller projects, scarves, towels and cushion covers. Inspired by Rose I selected the homespun made and dyed with garden plants last year. I was  going to knit it, but it is rather too thick for two colour work. It. was my first spinning attempt and the variation in diameter and twists is erratic. 

So I made the decision to weave it.

This is just a reminder of the yarn. It was dyed with onion skins, golden rod, lichen (from fallen trees), some naturel brown fleece and heather. It varied quite a bit in diameter and evenness, but overall was about 11wpi. It is a 2ply.

My next task was to work out what I could actually make with it. I weighed it and and found I had 600grms.  I weighed 25grms and measured the length. This gave me 43 mtrs /25grms, though overall this may not be a consistent amount. Calculations are not my strong point but I reckoned I had about 1032 mtrs to play with.

I have never used the full width of my loom before either. It is 24″ (61 cms) I decided to weave a full width shawl. Here are the calculations.

Warp width.   24″ (Apologies for mixing metric and Imperial but the loom is old and only understands old-fashioned measurments. Like me)

EPI  11. I only have a 12 and a 15 dent reed. Settled for sett of 6 because the maths was easier!

I decided to use a plain weave as the handspun did not need a pattern to show it off and plain weave will use less yarn than a twill.

24 x 6=144 ends

Warp   3.00 mtrs   including take-up, fringes and shrinkage.

I wound the warp using random stripes. Some colours were in short supply, particularly the onion skin orange and the natural brown so I used them in the warp and left some pale yellow and light brown for the weft.

I had been nervous of using wool due to stretching . I must thank Dot here http://fibre2fabric.blogspot.com/  who reassured me in her post and actually gave me the confidence to continue warping. I also used her tension making method hanging milk containers half full with water on the warp as its beamed!!! It works and I will definitely use it again as I have never had such a perfect warp before !


Then I started weaving!  5ppi gave me a loose plain weave, but I presumed there would be a fair amount of shrinkage and I wanted a soft shawl. Compared to all the fiddly things I have woven before this was so fast and within 24 hours it was finished!! I used two shuttles alternately mixing the colours so that i could absorb a random mix in the weft.

I had just enough yarn at the end though I was literally searching for lengths on the floor and hidden away in plastic bags!!! I had considered using a dummy warp as I realise this saves precious handspun, but I am afraid I didn’t have the patience to try it. I have wasted a fair amount but I have the shawl I planned so I can live with the waste.

When  the shawl first came off the loom I was pleased with it though it was quite loosely woven and harsh.


I handwashed it, rinsed it in conditioner (we have hard water in Hampshire)  and spun it in the machine. The weather was OK  and I dried it outside. I steam pressed it and was delighted with the finished product.

The finished shawl is 21″/54cms. I lost3″/8cms through shrinkage and draw-in.

It is 82″ long plus 5″ fringes..

 I have completed a  soft handspun, handwoven shawl (hand dyed as well!!)

 However I think  the most important thing me is that I have learnt that I am able to weave handspun and wool  and now I can really design some yardage for dressmaking. Possibly not a tailored jacket to start with but a loose unfitted jacket in a weave with a closer sett which I can cut and sew.

I am still waiting for the return of my laptop. I am struggling to write on a laptop with some letters missing  (or refusing to work without strange alternative instructions) Images are just too difficult to sort, so I have decided to post and keep my fingers crossed for the return of my pink Dell.

Christmas seems a long time ago. We squeezed 14 people into our tiny house for 3 days…..and everyone managed to remain cheerful and constructive. 7  grandchildren ranging  from 2 to 16 and our 4 adult kids and partners!!! I managed to pass on responsibility to our sons (who are all excellent cooks of varying styles!) and we completed festivities on new Years Eve singing  Auld Lang Syne and rushing outside to view fireworks zooming up into the night sky and listen to the ships on Southampton Water blasting their horns.

My pastel scarves were well received.

I haven’t  got photos of the other recipients, but here is Francesca Louise (Weze) modelling hers.

I managed to collect a library of textile books. The most inspirational being:

  • The Intentional Spinner by Judith McCuin
  • Spin Control by  Amy King

They have provided me with an excellent home education spinning  course, which I needed desperately, to move me on from a somewhat haphazard spinning style with no real comprehension of how to control output. Now at last I understand the difference between woolen and worsted spinning and the relationship between wheel ratio and twist and draw in and diameter.

I also received a box of naturel dyes including Alkanet, brazilwood, Dyers Greenwood, walnut husks, Madder, Logwood chips and Sanderswood. I can really play with these.

Since Christmas the weather has decided to mimic the Arctic and it has snowed nearly everyday. The UK is unable to cope with this and we have run out of  grit and salt for the roads and the shops have been devoid of food. I have a  good store cupboard and have rather enjoyed making split pea soup and rice pudding…..when we could find milk. I came home jubilantly the other day clutching the last cabbage in the shop. Thus avoiding of scurvy by the narrowest of margins.

I bought a great knitting book called Knitting Tams just before Christmas . It gives detailed instructions for knitting Tams…or berets in my language. I think fairisle knitting and small hats will be a good vehicle for practising using homespun and dyeing. I already have over 500gr of dyed yarn, but it is rather thick, somewhere between worsted and bulky. I  knitted a tam without doing the patterning and using larger needles to get familiar with the shaping. It is wearable, in fact I have worn it in the house during the coldest days recently (believing most heat is lost through the head!!)

The next task was to gather together some fingering/4 ply equivalent and try fairisle. I got in a bit of a muddle with shaping and counting stitches, and hadn’t got the appropriate 40cm circular needle. I made do with a set of 4 double pointed needles of which one was old and blunt. No buses in the snow and I didnt,t want to risk driving, so couldn’t buy the correct tools, howeverI am pleased with the result and will now try to spin the correct weight and dye some lovely toning colours.!!

It has been too freezing cold to leave the warmth of the house and heat up my weaving studio. That sounds so posh usually it is referred to as ‘Deb’s hut’!!  I brought my spinning wheel into the house and focussed on cracking the ‘intentional’ bit of spinning. I have learnt so much and my yarn is becoming more usable and pleasing. I noticed that my lovely antique wheel was getting very worn where the drive band runs round the wheel. I also began to yearn for more flexability.  The wheel ratio is 12.1 which produces a lovely default yarn but reading the books I realised that modern wheels have more adjustments through whorl sizes and flyers. I also dropped one of the original bobbins on our wooden floor and broke a piece off. I made a decision. buy a new wheel.

I spent hours on the Internet and gradually evolved what I was looking for. A wheel which would last me for years, was aesthetically pleasing, and which could offer a good choice of ratios. It also needed the potential to add to its capability. I wanted a Lendrum or a Majacraft Rose. There are very few suppliers in this country as neither are made here. I rang  round. Nobody had either. They would let me know. Then by chance I came across a small firm called Hedgehog which make Drumcarders. They are agents for Majacraft. I rang. I was told they had a consignment waiting at the dock from New Zealand. Two days later they contacted me again. There was a Rose and it was mine if I wanted it.

I ordered it 5 days ago. I am looking out of the window waiting for ParcelForce. They are probably stuck in a snow drift drinking cups of tea. The anticipation is killing me.

My next post should be about the arrival of The Rose!!!!

Happy Christmas

My resolution to post more often has failed. My dear husband has fallen over my lovely pink Dell laptop and shattered the screen. At the moment I am plugged into the TV!. I can use his but it is broken as well and is very slow. I am getting a ‘little man’ to come and collect it to sort it out.

So have a lovely Christmas and I will keep up with posts but will not write for a few weeks!!

I have repeated my long gaps between posts for which I apologise. The longer I leave it the harder it is to write anything. I am making a New Year resolution. To post at least twice a month however short. This keeps me in touch with the weaving  blogging community which I value and very much enjoy being a part of.  So there !! Now stick to it Deborah!

 I have not been idle  though. I have  been totally immersed in weaving some Christmas presents. My  London-based daughter is moving flat from dull South London to the East End on the border with up- market Islington, though really its Hackney. It is a much more vibrant area and near her friends, who are all involved in the rag trade or design world.  It is also close( dangerously close) to the Handweavers Studio and in September (way back now!) we went there together and I bought some 2/16  Mercerised cotton in sort of Neopolitan  ice cream colours lavender,grey, cream and  pale blue.  My daughter persuaded me to buy the colours. The yarn has a lovely silky sheen and the colours looked beautiful together.

 When I got home I decided that the weight and delicate shades which were way outside my usual palette  were demanding to become something rather special. All I could come up with were a series of  dressy scarves for my daughters-in-law and  my sister for Christmas presents.

I am still fascinated by the different threading possibilities in weaving.  My Art school trained daughter keeps telling me to keep things simple and to rely on colour, but I am continually drawn to try out a new pattern. So,  still in thrall to my threading compulsion I have woven 3 scarves each on a separate warp with different threadings and tie-ups. Not economical I know but fun! I have used Stricklers book on 8-shaft patterns.

Scarf 1. This one is for my sister Judith who lives in the depths of mid-Wales where  she and her architect husband are designing , converting and building an eco house. They do not dress!!!! So I will present her with a scarf for evening wear in pastel shades!!!!

 I used a pattern from the 8-shaft patterns, No 94. It is a point twill from “A German Weaver’s Pattern Book 1784-1810” by Christian Morath. This fascinated me. I love the idea of  re-creating an old pattern. It also had the possibility of 2 different treadlings on the same tie-up. The main pattern is made up of small diamonds with the alternative at either end. I imagine it was used on self coloured linen originally.

The epi was 36 and I used all 4 colours in a striped warp. I tried each colour for the weft but finally decided on the silver grey. The blues and pinks were too pretty pretty for me! I realised when  I started weaving that the grey stripe plus the grey weft rather dulled the other colours but the finished scarf is quietly ‘eveningy’. I think I will insert some lavender and pink beads into all the fringes. 

Scarf 2. This one is for Weze (Francesca Louise) D i L Number3!  It is 84″ long and the stripes are wider. I omitted the grey but used it as weft. Using the 8 shaft book this is pattern 160.  It is a point twill “seperate-leg M and W” I like the way the pastel shades blend into each other.


Scarf 3. This one is for D i L number 1, Julia! She is a conservationist and allotmenter and bird watcher. She rarely dresses up!!  I was running out of yarn so mixed the warp and found I had to add some white cotton as the cream ran out on me. The weft is grey and still 36 epi. The pattern is 189 a Herringbone Plaid.

As the twill diagonals travel across 2 warp threads at a time the sheen of the mercerised cotton reflects the light and gives the impression of silk ( I like to think!)  The colours are in fairly wide blocks and give a hint of change in the warp but it doesn’t come out well in this image.  It is still on the loom and about 72″ long.

Here are the first two scarves hanging not very professionally They still need the fringes finishing

There isn’t time to weave any more  before Christmas so DiL 2 Tess will benefit from a bought present and my own daughter Zoe is getting a loom from me once she has moved into her flat. This isn’t really a Christmas present but something she would love. As she is single has no children she misses out on grandparent gifts and I both want to give her something special as well as create a weaving friend!

Next topic. Spinning.

 I borrowed a Hedgehog Drum Carder from the Guild for a month and managed to prepare a bagful of fleece. It made me feel a drumcarder would be useful though I don’t take my spinning as seriously as my weaving. I also wondered whether I should have a modern wheel as my antique wheel makes a noise and may be worn. It does spin a fine thread which I like. I was interested  to read Dot’s post  this month  fibre2fabric.blogspot.com     about her antique wheel . It has many similarities to mine  I would love to know more about my wheels age and history.

This is my spinning wheel.


All I know is that it belonged to my great-aunt who lived in New York and wove on what is now my   Bergman loom. She would have been working around 1930-1950s.







This is the flyer with 7 hooks. Similar to Dot’s and over a similar distance 6.5 cms. The bearings at either end of the flyer are leather

 There was one bobbin with the loom and I have 3 more made by a woodworker but not as beautifully as the original. Importantly they work OK.

This is the footman attached to the metal hooked crank and shows the peg in the upright attached to the wheel.  This is much simpler than Dot’s





The treadle is plain and functional It is at present attached to the footman with a bit of old string! I will improve this!!!!



To finish…my mother-in-law left bags full of  knitting yarn when she died several years ago. I have saved it all and it takes up a lot of space. I decided last week to convert it all into a blanket.  Mother- in- law would approve , she never threw anything which might be useful away, and saved all ‘money- off vouchers’ and bought endless things she didn’t want because tgey were reduced!!!. I can sit in the evenings by the log burner and crochet as many stripes as I can manage. Its a good alternative to pastel weaving!!