About Steve

Hi!

That’s me on the right. I’ve been spinning for around forty years, mostly wool and related fibres. 

I learnt from my Godmother, Dorothy Wilmshurst, who studied spinning and weaving from Ethel Mairet in the early 1930s. She became head of craft teaching at Bromley College of Art and was an active member of the London Guild.

Many of those who come to me want to learn from the beginning. Others ask me to help them become more proficient, to solve a problem, or to widen their range of skills. Nearly all learn to spin using the long draw method – it’s such a good way to spin woollen yarns and it provides a standard of competence that will hold them in good stead throughout.

I am a member of the Online, Wealden, and East Sussex Guilds and run workshops for Guilds and interest groups in addition to adults and schools visiting The Weald and Open Air Museum, near Chichester in West Sussex. I researched Tudor knitted hose and spun yarn for the museum’s knitting circle who create authentic costumes for the staff, an account was publised in the Association’s Journal.

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