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The Morwellham Quay Loom

The Morwellham Quay Loom

One of the best things about working in a yarn shop is the stories we hear! Last autumn Debbie was chatting to a couple of customers and they told her about an antique loom that they had recently restored. Anne and Yvonne have kindly written about their experience so that we can share their story. The following was sent to us from Anne; The Morwellham Quay Loom was designed and constructed by Dartmoor engineer Mr John Wheddon of Moretonhampstead. Influenced by the 14th cottage in which he lived, he designed the loom to represent one that would have been used during...

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The heart is a mysterious thing

The heart is a mysterious thing

About a month ago, one of our lovely customers lost his life to cancer. We didn't know lots about Geoff Urwin, like what he did for work or where he lived, but when he came into the shop with his beloved dog Squirrel, we enjoyed sharing our love for fibre and the beautiful things that he made by knitting. His curiosity sparked his creative spirit and that, in combination with his zeal to learn new things, resulted in some beautiful garments, cushions and even a jumper for Squirrel.  It was a joy to see him come through the door and...

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Longest Crochet Marathon - World Record Attempt

Longest Crochet Marathon - World Record Attempt

A Guinness World Record first! Wool on the Exe is proud to host Natalie Morrison, a mental health advocate and crafter, for her attempt to achieve a world record for the longest crochet marathon! In just a couple of weeks a corner of the shop will be transformed to a cosy crochet den ready for Natalie to sit and crochet for a full 24 hour stint whilst raising funds for important causes and awareness of the health benefits of crafting. The event will take place on Friday 1st November from noon until 1pm the following day, Saturday 2nd November at Wool...

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Holiday Gifting - What do you like to make?

Holiday Gifting - What do you like to make?

At about this time last year, all the team at Wool on the Exe were starting to think about festive gift making because, as crafters, we do have to think quite far in advance to make gifts for the holiday season! So we pooled our ideas on gift knitting and crochet patterns and put together a Handmade Holiday Gift Guide for our website. This was a great success linking some of our favourite quick patterns with yarns that we thought would suit them, helping our customers to easily plan their own gift knitting. This year we would like to hear from you, our...

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Trudi Johnston - Knit Stop for Kids

Trudi Johnston - Knit Stop for Kids

Thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery Fund the newest community project that we are working on is Knit Stop for Kids, teaching knitting and fibre art in schools. The overall aim is to understand the difference that learning to knit makes to the children and also to develop a model that other schools can use for their own learn to knit programmes. Knit Stop for Kids grew out of the foundation laid by Nicki Duminel last year where she regularly knit with children in four local schools. At the end of the school year we thought it would...

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