Dear Customers, this week our opening hours are Monday - Friday 10am-2pm. This week we will post on on Monday, Thursday & Friday at 8.30am. Next Monday 25th is another Bank Holiday, orders placed over this weekend will be posted on Tuesday 26th. Please expect delivery delays. Please check the home page of the website for the most up to date information. Keep Safe Everyone!

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  • Visit to Bucks Guild

    Sorry for such short notice, I have had some problems with internet connectivity this week that has taken up rather more of my time than I would have liked!

    Tomorrow Saturday 5th November.  Bucks Guild WSD. 

    Barn Hall of the Amersham Community Centre, Amersham, HP6 5AH.

    2.00pm for  a 2.30pm start.  A talk on WARP (Weave a Real Peace) and the MFWY Pop up Shop.

  • Harrisville Hooks back in stock!

    I have restocked with these lovely hooks from Harrisville. I know a lot of you have waited a long time for these, thanks for your patience. They are in the equipment section of the web shop. Look out for new equipment being added to the web shop soon. We will be supplying Ashford weaving equipment and will also have some lovely hand crafted beaters made by a local craftsman.

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    A long cotton and cottoline warp turned into more towels for a wedding present.

    On the loom, on the line and on the plane!

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  • More beautiful weaving

    Just a quick note today to let you know that I will be away next week in Devon catching up with friends and visiting the AGWSD National Exhibition at Killerton House Devon. http://www.wsd.org.uk/news.php?go=headlines&id=48

    John will be in charge of the shop whilst I'm away. He will be at work so it won't always be possible respond to phone messages or to post orders until the following day, but he will get orders processed as quickly as possible. I expect to have email access where we are staying so will respond to messages as soon as I can.

    Once again my talented customers are showing us their weaving.

    silk shawl on loom IMG_1388 Silk shawl 1 Silk shawl 2 This stunning shawl was woven in our 20/2 silk by Jennifer and just goes to show what happens when you choose two colours that were made for each other and put them together with the right weave structure. Gorgeous, glowing iridescence!!

  • 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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  • Devon Weavers Workshop Point Twill Repp

    There may still be some spaces available on this course being hosted by DWW.

    I have attended several courses hosted by the Workshop I can honestly say that they have always been of a very high standard and the members are a very friendly and helpful bunch. Having watched Rosalie's DVD on Double Weave I really wish I was going but unfortunately my diary is full that week worse luck!

    • 3 to 5 September 2016
      Point Twill Rep
      Tutor: Rosalie Neilson
      At Devon Weavers Workshop, 8, Coombe Park, Ashprington, Totnes TQ9 7DY
      Course fee: £255
      Please contact Jill Davies to book a place: jill@multigon.co.uk or telephone 01803 867395.
      www.devonweaversworkshop.org

    Point twill rep - rep runners: A study in 4 block design using linked blocks and solid stripes. Using the same profile draft, weavers will thread an 8-shaft loom with 4 or 5 different colours, of 8/2 cotton to design a table runner. (The warping instructions and colour directions will be sent upon registration.) The runner will feature a series of 4-block motifs in the centre, with a border featuring 2- block motifs in opposite colours. The border will be separated from the centre designs by a solid coloured stripe of 2 colours. Weavers will use a series of Design Pages from 'An Exaltation of Blocks' designed by Rosalie Neilson. Believe it or not, there are 1,024 different 4-block designs. Weavers will receive enough designs in their handouts to whet their creative appetites!

    Rosalie Neilson loves using colour and geometric design in her weaving, her specialty being rep weave. An avid designer and teacher, she was featured in the 2-hour DVD by Interweave Press called 'Rep Weave'. She publishes regularly in weaving and braiding journals and maintains an active teaching schedule throughout the United States and Canada. This will be the third time she has taught in England. Her mathematical interests led her to develop the 1,024 four block symmetric motifs, in addition to the 1,157 unique 2-color patterns for the kumihimo braid structure Kongo Gumi. She recently published her kumihimo designs in the book 'Kongo Gumi: A Cacophony of Spots - Coils - Zags - Lines'

  • The New Website

    At last the new website is live! We hope you like it. It has taken a long time and a huge amount of work, help and support from my brilliant web hosts Ince Web Services.

    For the first post I would like to introduce you to the site and some of its features and also advise you of some important changes to our prices, payment gateway and postage methods.

    I think you will agree that the new site looks very different to the old one, rest assured all of your old favourite products are there with a few new ones and some more newbies in the pipeline.

    I am really pleased and excited to be able to offer you Laura's Loom Yarns. Laura sources her fleeces from farms in Cumbria, the Yorkshire Dales and Scotland, making her yarns not only 100% British but of 100% UK provenance. Not only are the sheep and alpacas British, living and growing their fibre in the UK; all of the processing is done here as well. Please take a look; because they are so special they have their own section in the web shop.

    At the bottom of the Home Page you will see links to Terms and Conditions, Postage, How to Shop and News and Events. Please take a minute or two to read through these sections; lots of the information is the same as before but there are also some changes to the way we work and especially to important things like postage and payments that you need to be aware of.

    There are price increases on some lines. The majority of our prices have not increased since we started trading over 4 years ago. Unfortunately the recent uncertainty in the markets and weakness of the pound is likely to impact further on prices, particularly on yarns sourced from the US. Hopefully thing will settle down quickly but in any event we will endeavour to continue to bring you the repeatable yarns you love at competitive prices, reasonable postage costs and most importantly offer friendly help, advice and excellent service which remains free of charge and without obligation to make a purchase!

    We are now able to offer you the option of choosing your postage preferences as well as being able to offer a single price option for heavier deliveries to the UK mainland. Unfortunately we are unable to offer this service to some areas of the Highlands and Islands, who will continue to receive deliveries from Royal Mail or Parcel Force. Your postcode will determine what services are available and you will be given options to choose from at the check out. We will continue to apply reasonable postage charges and will always work to find the best value option for our customers. Because of this there have been some changes to the way we need to deal with sending parcels and we need to get packages ready by 2pm to get them on their way, this means that orders placed after 12 noon may not be despatched until the following working day.

    We have changed the company who process your payments to us to Paymentsense and have decided to withdraw the option to pay by Paypal. I appreciate that this may be disappointing and annoying for some customers but in order to continue to be able to keep our prices competitive we needed to make this decision. Paymentsense offer exactly the same secure payment system you have been used to with Worldpay and I have to comply with the same strict security compliances, so the only change for the customer will be the name and processing email they send you. We still welcome payments by cheque and bank transfer, the details needed for bank transfers are at the checkout if you prefer this option. You can also ring to place and pay for an order by phone.

    The website isn't currently set up for orders outside of the UK. This may become an option in time but if you want to order from Europe or other international destinations please get in touch by email. We will then send you an invoice with payment options. Unfortunately we are unable to send to the USA.

    The 'How to Shop' section will give you an idea of how to navigate the new site but if you get stuck or can't find something please give me a ring or drop me an email.

    The News and Events section will tell you where we are going and what we are doing. It will in time also have details of workshops on offer here in Leicestershire as well as other events of interest to textile enthusiasts. If you would like us to come to your Guild with a Pop Up Shop please get in touch. We are already taking bookings for 2017 so don't leave it too late. If your Guild has an event or workshop that you would like to publicise in the Events section of our web shop then please do get in touch with the details.

    Over the coming months I plan to bring you some more new yarns, ideas for weaving, special offers and more. Please continue to send me pictures of your work for our new improved Gallery that will be accessible to all, as I know not everyone uses Facebook. Never underestimate how inspirational generously sharing your work with others can be, as well as giving me vicarious pleasure in seeing what you are weaving when I find so little time to get to the loom myself!

    So that's it for the first post, I hope you like the new website and please get in touch if you have any questions, comments and especially if you find any bloopers!!

     

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  • July 16th 2016 - Somerset Guild of WSD

    We are delighted to be have been invited to visit the Guild  this year with a selection of yarns. If there is anything in particular you would like me to bring please let me know beforehand. There will be no obligation to buy pre ordered yarns.

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