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Kumihimo Braiding with Paula Williams

Ella Austin

Kumihimo Braiding with Paula Williams

Fibre art is such a diverse field and we’re always finding fresh inspiration! In our recent search for a new weaving teacher we were approached by Paula Williams who suggested teaching a completely new to us craft, Kumihimo braiding. Of course we were delighted to find out more! Paula learnt to knit and crochet as a child, and has always enjoyed crafts and fibre arts. About seven years ago she discovered weaving through a Devon Weavers workshop, and she then went on to learn Kumihimo with Jacqui Carey, an expert in the craft. Kumihimo is a type of braiding that...

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Meet Our Suppliers - West Yorkshire Spinners

Ella Austin

Meet Our Suppliers - West Yorkshire Spinners

West Yorkshire Spinners produce some of our favourite yarns. They're always high quality; offering a perfect balance of luxury, practicality and value. The yarns are almost entirely sourced, and produced in the UK, often locally to their mill in Keighley. It’s clear to us that the brand understand what knitters are looking for when choosing a yarn! We wanted to share more about the company and what they do so well. West Yorkshire Spinner’s History West Yorkshire Spinners was founded in 1997 as a worsted spinning company in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside. The family-run business started out by...

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Hannah Clancy's Crochet Creations

Ella Austin

Hannah Clancy's Crochet Creations

One of our long-time customers, Hannah, returned to the shop recently after having moved away from Exeter a few years ago. It was great to catch up and hear about her brilliant new crochet business. She told us that she first came to the shop as a complete beginner but after practicing at home and attending a few workshops, she gained the skills and confidence to make her own designs. We were so inspired we asked if we could share her story! Hannah is 24 years old and currently lives in London with her four much-loved pet rats. She spends...

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What to Expect at a Wool on the Exe Workshop

Ella Austin

What to Expect at a Wool on the Exe Workshop

Learning from others and being inspired to try something new is such an important part of our mission. At Wool on the Exe we hold a range of workshops in fibre arts including crochet, knitting, felting, spinning, yarn dyeing and embroidery, as well as others. Our workshops are designed to be a place where you can relax, learn, and have fun! We keep them small, with only five participants or less, so that everyone can get individual attention if needed. Our workshop leaders are all very good at what they do and most importantly, they really enjoy sharing their time and...

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Showing off the Sweaters!

Ella Austin

Showing off the Sweaters!

Wow! The sweaters we have seen over the last month are truly awesome. We’ve seen such a range too, sweaters for everyone, showcasing pretty much every technique! Here we have a selection of colourwork beauties featuring stripes, stranded knitting, duplicate stitch, embroidery, and slipped stitches. Here are some sumptuous cables looking cosy and classy! Here are some lovely lace sweaters; some summery and short-sleeved and others providing a light but cosy layer. These are some classic sweaters showing the joy of texture. Some are all-over stocking stitch and others have details provided by a panel of garter stitch, or by using...

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