• Winter 2019

    Happy New Year

    We hope you all had a lovely Christmas break and wish you a Happy New Year from MFWY HQ!

    Thank you to all our customers for your continued support during 2018. We have had a busy year with new stock arriving, welcoming customers old and new to the website, our home or when we have been out and about.

    Toika Looms

    As well as being an official agent for  Ashford looms and accessories for some years now, we were delighted and excited to be appointed  dealers for Toika looms and equipment from Finland earlier this year. Toika celebrated 120 years in business in 2018 being the first company in Finland to manufacture metal reeds. Now in the hands of the 5th generation of the same family we are hoping to get the brand better known in the UK, as well as offering the same level of service and support customers have come to expect from MFWY.  I took a training trip to Finland in September where I learnt lots about the products but have been weaving on a Toika computer loom for some time now. Over the last 20 years or so I have used many makes and designs of loom, trying to become a better weaver in the process but I’m still learning, so I will always give you an honest opinion or answer based on what I know from experience as well as the pros and cons and different of brands and types of looms that I am familiar with.

    We have a floor, table and electronic floor loom available here for you to try without obligation here in Lutterworth, (5mins from J20 M1) and as well as the Toika range we can happily show you the range of rigid heddle, table looms, and accessories from Ashford. Although we don't have space for another floor loom at present you can expect the same unbiased information and advice from a weaver who uses these products. Ashford products will be joining Toika in the loom web shop just as soon as I can get them added, but do ring or email if you would like further information when we can also give you accurate details on stock availability and lead times.  We don't have a shop but this means we can usually accommodate visits at weekends as well as during the week and outside of our normal opening times by mutual agreement but please do not travel without making an appointment to visit first as we may not be here.

    Pop Up Shop and Website

    We decided last year that it was no longer practical to attend the major fibre shows, instead concentrating on Guild visits and events with our pop up yarn shop. However because we want to show off Toika looms, and equipment we have made an exception this year by applying for space at the Association of Weavers Spinners and Dyers Summer School in August with Toika and Ashford equipment only. We can bring prepaid yarn orders for collection, but there won't be a yarn shop. Our current confirmed calendar for 2019 is at the end of this newsletter. This also includes our planned holidays and breaks booked so far as well as confirmed events. If we are both going a banner at the top of the website will advise that we are closed and when orders will be processed.

    We have had new yarns, looms and equipment delivered and made a start on the My Fine Weaving Looms website, but due to various domestic commitments and interruptions we haven't been able to get as much of this done as we had hoped but work continues to get it up and running with Ashford Looms and equipment included too. You can always phone or email us, we are always pleased to hear from you.


    Another diversion for MFWY has been to look into stocking a very small range of books  I think they are excellent additions to any weaver’s library.

    Firstly Warping on a Shoestring and other speed warping techniques by Nadine Sanders aka the Singing Weaver. Nadine is the Guardian of this technique and travels across the USA teaching this method of warping your loom. Her book and DVD give very clear instructions on the technique, which certainly speed up the process. As you need a pair of shoelaces for each inch of warp width I realised that this would be an expensive outlay for purchasers of the book, as they are far more expensive than I had realised!  Looking into the possibility of purchasing wholesale I discovered a small family firm in Leicester only 12 miles from here where I was able to visit and arrange to have the 'shoestrings' custom made. It was fascinating to see the array of over 250 braiding and weaving machines in action making shoelaces of course but other items such as the red emergency pull cords used in public loos, elastics, bungees and many other braids and ribbons they produce as well as support a small UK family business. Once I have the book and DVD ready for the web shop there will be an option to purchase sets of shoelaces at the same time. Nadine supports herself through her weaving and teaching so I feel it is only fair to offer the shoelace sets to purchasers of the DVD or book only. Nadine also specialises in the Theo Moorman technique and has written an excellent book on the topic. This also includes very clear instruction, pictures and diagrams. If this is a technique you have wanted to try I would recommend the book as an excellent source of information.

    Our second additions to the bookshelf are two books written by Joanne Hall an American Weaver and Teacher with a special interest in Swedish weaving. We have in stock both of her titles.

    Learning to Warp your Loom and Tying up the Countermarch Loom. Both have excellent written instructions and lots of explanatory diagrams. I only wish I had access to these books when I bought my first floor loom, which I now realise, was incorrectly tied up! If you have struggled with your tie-ups these books will help you get your loom properly set up and continue to be a useful reference.

    The last addition for the time being is a super little book, 18 Towels on Four Warps, One Tie-up by Carol Berry. The book gives threading and colour suggestions to make 18 different towels using just the one tie up. It's a great primer for setting out to weave with a little bit of instruction but at the same time encouraging you to try out different colour and threading combinations.  Turned twill is a classic design that can look much more complex than it is to weave and will lend itself to far more than just towels. To make the towels you will need an 8 shaft loom with a minimum weaving width of 24" (60cm).


    Toika reeds have arrived in a small range of lengths and setts and will be in the shop soon. They will fit most makes of floor and table loom but also can be supplied to order in specific sizes in either metric or imperial dent setts too. Competitively priced we are stocking stainless steel reeds as standard but plain carbon steel and full metal profile reeds can be supplied to order if required.

    New Yarns

    As well as looms, equipment, reeds and books we have added some new yarns to our ranges this year. As well as continuing to stock your well loved favourites, speaking of which we have some lovely super wash space dyed wool from Jaggerspun which, along with coordinating solid shades is next up to land in the shop, just as soon as I finish this newsletter!

    The range of mercerised cotton and more recently cottolin from Claes Hedstrom's Garnhuset in Sweden has been very popular and we will continue to increase the cottolin colour range from this company this year too. We have sourced beautiful linen, 8/4 mercerised cotton, rug and mop cotton from other companies in Sweden and Finland too.  As well as offering superb quality and excellent value for money it feels better to be sourcing yarns from closer to home whenever we can and reducing some of the air miles that some of our products require to meet our weaving wishes. We will continue to explore possible new additions from these companies and others and will let you know when we find something new.

    We are expecting delivery in the new year of some lovely wool spun at new Lanark Mill in Scotland. Blended and spun on restored heritage textile machinery at the UNESCO World Heritage site at New Lanark from British wool.   There will be more information on sett, finishing etc on the website once it arrives and is available in the web shop.

    There will be some price rises across the range in February. We have done our best to keep prices as low as we can but manufacturer price increases, rises in shipping costs as well as the continuing volatility of the pound against both the Euro and the Dollar really impact on our small business. We don't expect things to change much in the coming months but hope that things will begin to settle down after March. We will only apply price increases where they have been passed on to us and will always do our best to be as competitive as possible. If our yarns are showing as in stock, they are in stock, here, and ready to be despatched often on the same day as you order and rarely later than next working day if that hasn't been possible. We will always notify you with a banner at the top of each page of the website if we are closed and when to expect despatch of orders.

    Wishing you all our best wishes for a happy and healthy 2019 full of weaving pleasures!

    Helen and John


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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.

    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.






    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!

  • New Variegated Cotton

    Here are the pictures of towels woven by Valerie using all 10 colour variations of the new 8/2 variegated cotton. She warped one stripe of each colour separating each strip with Venne 8/2 Cotton in Irish Cream which was also used for the weft. The finished cloth has a lovely soft hand and there is no discernible difference in the two brands of yarn.

  • Important news

    We will be closed all day this coming Saturday March 4th. We are having major electrical work completed which means we will be without power and will be unable to process orders or answer telephone enquiries. You can still place orders but they won't be posted until Monday 6th March. Thank you for your patience.


    We have just received  2 deliveries  which means out of stock colours of Jaggerspun Zephyr and Webs Tencel (both solid and space dyed shades) are all back in stock). The website has been updated but there is a lot of winding to do so there may be a slight delay in processing your order until we catch up next week.

  • Where will MFWY be in 2017?

    Where will MFWY be in 2017?

    We haven’t applied for space at any of the major fibre shows this year but will be visiting the following Guilds where I know you will be 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. Other events and or details of when we will be closed (you can still shop, but delivery will be delayed) will be posted in the Blog section of the website and a banner at the top of the screen will tell you when your order will be processed.

    June 17th 10.30am Bedfordshire Guild WSD Open Day                                      Flitwick Village Hall, Dunstable Road,Flitwick, MK45 1HP

    July 15th  10.00am Wiltshire Guild WSD          

    3, St Mary’s School Buildings, High Street, Steeple Ashton Wiltshire. BA14 6EU

    National Association of Guilds WSD Summer School 2017          
    Friday 19 August 4:00pm – 9:00pm For Summer School Delegates
    Saturday 20 August 10:00am – 4:00pm
    Open to All                                  
    Sparsholt College, Westley Lane, Sparsholt, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 2NF

    September 9th Devon Guild WSD 10.00am
    America Hall, de la Rue Way, Pinhoe, Exeter, EX4 8PX

    October 7th 10.00am The All Wales Event                                                                 The Minerva Arts Centre High Street Llanidloes Powys SY18 6BY

    October 14th 10.00am Derby Guild WSD                                                          Hazelwood Memorial Hall Over Lane Hazelwood DE56 4AG

    November 17th 10:00am Cornwall WSD Probus Village Hall, Amelia Court, Probus, Cornwall. TR2 4NB




    The last posting date for parcels to arrive before Christmas is Tuesday 20th December for 2nd Class and Wednesday 21st for 1st Class.



  • Website update and beautiful weaving

    Since launching the new website there have been quite a few changes to get used to here at MFWY HQ some are different for customers as well, so I thought it might be helpful to mention them. Please let us know if these or anything else is causing you any problems we will do our best to get it sorted out.

    Our new payment system works well for most of our customers but may be a little problematic for some because of the way it carries out security checks. Security of your information during the checkout process is of prime importance so the system checks various pieces of information you have provided. If your payment is unsuccessful please get in touch as this can usually be easily remedied as It's usually just a matter of a letter or a number not matching up.

    The new postage system has involved some changes in packaging particularly with smaller packages as the label we now use is rather large. As a result we have started to use plastic bags that are big enough to accommodate the label. It's likely that over time we will use these for the majority of parcels. It would be really helpful to hear your feedback and please let us know if any parcels arrive where packaging isn't intact.

    On a lighter note here's a picture of a beautiful scarf woven by Jacqueline. She used white Jaggerspun Zephyr woven in a snowflake twill. I think it's stunning and the contrast between the directions of the twill floats subtly obvious even though it is woven in the one shade.






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