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  • Discontinued and Bargain Yarns

    Just a quick note for those of you who like to see MFWY news here rather than on Facebook.

    We are no longer going to stock Brassard Orlec so clearing it at less than half price. This yarn is not being discontinued by the manufacturer and will continue to be available from other UK stockists. You can find the reduced stock here. https://www.myfineweavingyarn.co.uk/clearance/orlec.html

    Later today (2pm) I will be adding some discontinued shades of Ashford Tekapo also at less than half price. This yarn is not repeatable. More information in the Clearance section of the website.

    We have some new yarns arriving as we try and supply  weavers with a good selection of repeatable yarn. I plan to add some recently arrived new  yarns to the web shop this week.

    The pictures below are work in progress by Valerie using some of our 20/2Nm silk. Photos of the finished scarves to follow.

     

     

     

     

  • Weaving With Linen

    We have just added some lovely linen to the web shop.

    Linen can have a reputation for being difficult to work with although lots of weavers use it without any difficulties I was a bit apprehensive about starting my first project with it.

    I'm pleased to say that it wasn't anything like as difficult as I had thought it might be and behaved far better than it's reputation suggests.

    I warped in small bouts using a sectional beam. I use an AVL warping wheel so transferring each bout to the loom was relatively straightforward and I was able to ensure the tension was even. Firm, even tension is very important. If you are warping on to a plain beam and have a helper available, take advantage and use them! The singles linen in definitely more lively than the plied yarn, so you might prefer to start with  plied yarn for your first project. This liveliness also means you ned to take extra care winding bobbins. Wind them firmly and evenly and try not to have areas where there is more build up, I found the yarn could loosen here and then jump off and get caught on the spindle of the shuttle, usually the quickest way to rectify this was to rewind the bobbin, but the best way was to wind the bobbin so it didn't happen!

    Firm, perfectly even tension is the single most important factor is setting up your loom to weave with linen. Most of the literature suggests tying on using  a strong smooth cord to lash small bouts to the apron rod on the front beam. Once all of the bouts are secured, it is possible to even out the tension by adjusting the cord. If you haven't tried this method of tying on there is an excellent tutorial on the Ashford website. As well as helping with tension, this method wastes less yarn.

    https://www.ashford.co.nz/tutorials/weaving-tutorials

    It doesn't have to be tensioned so tightly that producing a shed becomes impossible, (the  lack elasticity means it needs to be able to move enough to make the shed.) For me it soon became apparent what the optimum tension needed to be each time I advanced and re-tensioned the warp. Too loose and the shuttle took a nose dive to the floor, just right made a lovely wide shed. Advance the warp frequently. I found every inch or so gave the best results. It's good weaving  practice  to wind on frequently but it's all to easy to get in the zone and  find your fell line and beater are nearly at the heddles and your shed has shrunk if you don't!  Beat evenly, remember that other than take up linen doesn't shrink much once off the loom so is less forgiving of an uneven beat than other fibres.

    Linen is inelastic and not very forgiving you if you poke or catch a warp thread on the way through with a stick shuttle or the nose of a boat shuttle.  I found a quick thrum over  the warp would return a thread that has had a tiny little bump but  a real bash as is possible with a stick shuttle, made the  thread baggy and had to be dealt with. I am not a lover of stick shuttles generally but appreciate that boat shuttles and the necessary winder are an additional expense, and that many weavers never use anything else. If you are using stick shuttles  be aware of the potential for them catching and be sure to pass them close up next to the beater and wind on regularly to keep the shed at an optimum size.

    After fighting with what I thought were just loose threads I finally checked and found a big threading mistake and a twist in the reed threading.  Well we all know what thought did don't we?  Had I  checked the threading first  I would have been weaving happy a lot sooner! Once the threading mistake and twist in the reed threading was sorted I just had a few  loose threads to deal with. I found that the best way to deal with the really loose ones was to cut them and treat them as a broken thread; splicing in a a new length of yarn weighted at the back. Once the original warp had caught up I could pin it back in and continue weaving. Where there was just a little bit of slack I pulled it forward, wrapped it around a pin with the intention to ease it out to the ends when the cloth is of the loom.

    The suppliers  weave runners, curtains, towels etc in their factory in Sweden on old jacquard looms. They keep the factory at 72% humidity and lots of the literature suggest finding ways to keep the yarn damp. Vaxbolin suggest keeping  a bowl of water under the loom to increase the humidity around the loom. We have 2 young, busy and very  'helpful' whippets, and a bowl of water wasn't going to stay in the bowl for long! This meant  I tried out some different ways to humidify the warp in progress. I tried leaving a dampened towel across the back of the loom or spritzing the warp with a plant sprayer every time I rolled on. I also tried winding the bobbins with the thread running through a damp cloth. I also tried weaving with everything as it was, i.e no additional humidity and didn't find there was any difference in how things went. However weaving in the winter with the central heating cranked up might need some additional moisture  in the atmosphere  to help the weaving go well. As linen is stronger when wet dampening the yarn may well be beneficial when weaving with finer counts or if you are having problems with broken threads.

    I tried hard not to fuss about my edges. Easier said than done I know but if I made sure that the yarn was just snugged up against the edge and  laid in at around 30 degree angle so there was enough yarn for the take so up my edges were straight and tidy. You will need to experiment to find the best angle. Not paying attention did lead to loops at the edge and as I know these wouldn't disappear so I did redo the row as long as I spotted it in time. However if I didn't I have left them as they don't show that much! I had read that if you make a mistake that involves unpicking more than a few rows, the best way to unpick it is to snip the yarn out rather than unweaving. I would concur with this, as well as increasing the chances if messing up your tension, it can abrade the yarn  making it fluffy, this won't disappear  when the cloth is finished. it. A lot of the literature recommends using a temple or stretcher if you have one. As I couldn't find one the right size I cobbled together a temporary affair using tarp clips and some weights which did help  but in future I intend to use (my now found)  stretcher. This will help with the draw in and so keep the edges neat and the width consistent.

    Coming next finishing the cloth once off the loom, possibly the most important part of the process!

  • WHERE WILL MFWY BE IN 2018

    We are visiting the following Guilds and Groups this year. Do come along if you can, even if you aren't a member of the Guild you will be made very welcome.

    We can only bring a limited amount so if you want anything in particular please get in touch by the Wednesday of the week we are going so that we can bring it for you. There is no obligation to buy.

    Saturday March 24th 10:00am Cambridge Guild WSD

    Arbury Community Centre

    Campkin Road

    Cambridge CB4 2LD 

    Thursday 21st June 10.00am

    Crickhowell Guild WSD

    Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall

    Pontrilas Road Ewyas Harold HR2 0EL

    Saturday July 7th 10.00am Ceredigion Guild WSD

    Ciliau Aeron Village Hall
    Ciliau Aeron
    Lampeter
    Ceredigion,
    SA48 7SE 

    Lostock Weavers Group Saturday 21st October  10.30am

    Lostock Parish Centre
    Tempest Road
    Lostock
    Bolton
    BL6 4EL

     

  • UKI SALE AND CHRISTMAS OPENING

    UPDATE ON UKI November 2017

     

    THE REMAINING UKI WILL IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE ONLINE

    We are processing orders in the order they are received and will get them posted as soon as we possibly can. We will keep you updated on the My Fine Weaving Yarn Facebook page and for those of you who don’t use Facebook, updates will appear in the blog section of the website and the information banner on the website will also be updated

    Last posting date for Christmas is the 20th December!

    It seems a little early to be telling you this but it might help you plan your holiday weaving!

    We will be closed for Christmas from 21st December 2017 - January 2nd 2018

    Where will MFWY be in 2018?

    We haven’t applied for space at any of the major fibre shows in 2018 but have several Guild visits with our pop up shop already planned. Details will be posted soon in the blog section of the website and on Facebook. If you would like us to visit your Guild please get in touch to discuss our availability. Our whereabouts and details of opening times are detailed below. If you are near enough to any of these Guild events but aren’t a member rest assured visitors are always made very welcome. Get in touch if you want more details or want us to bring anything special for you, there will be no obligation to buy. Details of events or when we when we will be closed (you can still shop, but delivery will be delayed) will be also be posted in the Blog section of the website or a banner at the top of the screen will advise you that we are closed and when your order will be processed.

  • UKI UPDATE

    UKI UPDATE

    We will be ready to make the remaining stock of UKI Mercerised Cotton available for sale online on Saturday 25th November at 8pm.  We hope that by giving you plenty of notice and launching the sale on a Saturday it will make the sale accessible to as many customers as possible.  I appreciate some customers have not been able to access the website until after I had removed the stock from sale because of the demand. I promise that this time it will remain on sale until it is all sold. If demand is high orders will be processed in the order they are received and as before customers placing orders for non sale items will be given priority as I am sure you would all expect. The discount remains at 50% and there will be no further changes to the price regardless of the size of order or time scale.

     

  • PLANNED VISITS TO GUILDS. NEWS ON UKI COTTON HALF PRICE SALE

    We will be visiting the Cambridge and Cornwall Guilds in the next couple of weeks. Do come along if you are able you will be made very welcome.  Please note that we have a very short turnaround between these visits as we will be be setting off to Cornwall on Tuesday 14th November. Any orders placed whilst we are away will be processed on our return and posted on 20th November.

    Saturday 11th November 10 am. Cambridge Guild meet at Comberton Village Hall Green End  Comberton, Cambs, CB23 7DY

    Friday 17th November 10am. Cornwall Guild meet at Probus Village Hall  Amelia Court Fore Street Probus TR2 4NB

    UKI NEWS

    We will be ready to make the remaining stock of UKI Mercerised Cotton available for sale online on Saturday 25th November at 8pm.  We hope that by giving you plenty of notice and launching the sale on a Saturday it will make the sale accessible to as many customers as possible.  I appreciate some customers have not been able to access the website until after I had removed the stock from sale because of the demand. I promise that this time it will remain on sale until it is all sold. If demand is high orders will be processed in the order they are received and as before customers placing orders for non sale items will be given priority as I am sure you would all expect. The discount remains at 50% and there will be no further changes to the price regardless of the size of order or time scale.

     

  • UKI NEWS

    Once again we have been overwhelmed by orders for the half price UKI. Despite John's best efforts to catch up there is still a huge amount of winding to do which with one single head cone winder will take a long time. So we will process those orders placed during the past 24 hours as quickly as we can but it is likely to be early next week before they are all despatched. As before once your order is ready you will receive a despatch email.
    In the interim the remaining stock will again be removed from sale and this time we plan to manage the situation differently. The sale will be relaunched when all of the stock is wound. Given the commitments we have in the next few weeks and the fact that we still need to process orders for customers who don't want UKI this is going to take us a few weeks.
    We will keep you posted on progress and once again we thank you for your support and understanding.

     

  • LATE 2017 GUILD VISITS AND CLOSURES

    November 11th 10.00am

    Cambridge Guild WSD Come and Weave Group

    Comberton Village Hall Green End CB23 7DY

    We will be closed 11th-12th November. Orders will be posted 13th November.

    November 17th 10:00am  Cornwall WSD, Probus Village Hall, Amelia Court, Probus, TR2 4NB We will be closed from the 13th-19th November. Orders will be posted 20th November.

    Last posting date for Christmas is the 20th December! 

    It seems a little early to be telling you this but it might help you plan your holiday weaving!

  • UKI News

    Dear Customers and Friends,

    This week we received sudden and unexpected news from UKI.

    They have made significant changes to their terms of trading and they will no longer supply yarns in small quantities. We are unable to trade with them on this basis and there is no other supplier of UKI cotton.

    We are busy looking for another supplier of premium mercerised cotton in these counts.  We will keep you informed via the website and the usual social media channels.

    Our offer has been built on supplying repeatable yarns. Because  we are unable to restock UKI cotton, we have decided to offer all our remaining UKI stock at half price.

    The website has been updated with current availability. As colours become out of stock they will be removed from web shop. When ordering please make sure that you purchase sufficient for your project. We are trying to keep the numbers accurate but at present have to prioritise getting orders  processed.

    We have four planned outings in the next few weeks, where we will also be bringing our normal stock.We will bring any remaining UKI stock with us these events. If you would like to pre-order on the website we can bring your order rather than posting it. Please place your order on the website in the in the usual way. At the checkout select “collect from our office” as your delivery option and add a note to say which Guild visit you will be attending.

    UKI UPDATE.

    Orders that need winding can take up to an hour to prepare and demand is high. Orders are being packaged in the order that they are received and once you receive a delivery email your yarn will be in the post by the next working day at the latest meaning you will know that it will be with you soon. Most orders will be sent via Royal Mail although this may mean more than one parcel and some orders will need to be signed for. This gives us a longer window for posting and everything can be delivered to the sorting office. Your delivery email will tell you if a signature will be required. Most customers are opting for 2nd class post; Royal Mail's delivery standard on this service is 3 working days.

    I am sure that you will understand that customers placing full price orders will be prioritised and can expect the usual fast service MFWY normally provides. I will continue to keep you updated here and once again thank you for your support and patience.
  • We are busy getting ready for our trip to the AGSWD  Trade Fair this week. The Trade Fair is open to the public  on Saturday from 10-4, details of the other traders can be found here. http://www.wsd.org.uk/pdfs/2017_Summer_%20School_Open_Day_details.pdf

    As well as the Trade Fair  there will be a Tutors Exhibition, Certificate of Achievement Exhibition and the work rooms will be open for viewing so it is possible to see what everyone has been working on during the week.

    If you are visiting and want something in particular please et me know by Wednesday at the latest so I  can make sure it is loaded on the van. There is no obligation to purchase pre orders.

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