Tips & Tutorials

Tips for knitting wool socks that last

19 February 2019

I have never cared for rules in creative pursuits, so naturally when I heard “sock yarn need Nylon” I took it with a pinch of salt. Humans have been wearing woollen socks for millennia, and… Read more

Choosing a new sewing machine

3 September 2018

You may remember that I was having problems with my sewing machine, with snapped needles, bad tension and jamming. To cut a long story short, went on a voyage of sewing machine discovery, and welcomed the Janome Atelier 3 into my home a a few weeks ago. Read more

Our interview on Clear the Decks podcast, and top tips for organising your creative space

16 July 2018

My guest interview on Declutter and Organise Your Sewing Space podcast is live! Listen now listen now in Episode 15 Nadia Arbach of Clear the Decks invited me to appear as a guest on the podcast,… Read more

Colour handling with Rebel Blend (and a little lesson in Tweed)

23 March 2018

Following on from our last post I wanted to give you a few ideas for different ways to spin them, and take control of colour! It’s easy to be apprehensive about how adventurous colour combinations… Read more

Circular needle storage: solved

20 March 2018

If you caught my last post about my decluttering success as a result of Clear the Decks’ super podcast series: Declutter and Organise your Sewing Space, you might be interested to know that they’ve just… Read more

Caring for hand-knits

9 February 2018

We’ve just updated our shopping info with guidelines for caring for garments made from our hand-dyed yarns and I thought it might be useful to share some of our general advice with our blog readers… Read more

Techniques for Crystalline Shawl

30 August 2017

I’ve made a couple of video clips to help with the techniques in our Crystalline Shawl pattern. We’ve given Crystalline an ‘adventurous‘ skill rating because it combines lace knitting and beading, and requires a little concentration, but there’s no reason this can’t be your first beaded project... Read more

Colourful blanket WIP with tutorial

21 August 2016

This latest project was a spur-of-the-moment idea that combines some of my favourite things; clashing colours, geomentric patterns and modular construction. Normally I’d wait until a project is finished before sharing a tutorial but it’s… Read more

Working with yarn bobbins

25 January 2016

Knitting bobbins are little (usually) plastic frames that allow yarn to be wrapped round and hang securely thanks to a little hook. They come in handy for certain kinds of colour work. Either: There are more than… Read more

Natural dyeing with lichen

20 October 2015

Having seen some brilliant shades of purple obtained from lichen on Jenny Dean‘s and other natural dying blogs, I’ve been keen to try it out for myself. Although they may seem common, they are slow… Read more

1x1 slipped rib edge stitch tutorial

1 September 2015

This stitch forms a stable, sturdy fabric that combines the appearance of and favourable properties stocking (stockinette) stitch and 1 x 1 rib. We’ve used it in our . Unlike stocking stitch, it does not curl in either… Read more

Natural dyeing with onion skins

27 October 2013

Onion skins are one of the most readily available and reliable natural dyestuffs. If you want an easy introduction to natural dyeing, start saving those onion skins! Follow these instructions for dying wool, silk or… Read more