#256 Winter 2015

Feed a sense of adventure!
Join spinning tutor Amanda Hannaford in Kabul when she taught local professional spinners to spin beautiful, repeatable yarns from Afghan cashmere. Amanda describes her pre-trip sampling, which may inspire your own cashmere adventure…
Hear from Rex Cowan how dye stuffs are not only being recovered from shipwrecks, but can still, after many years in sea water, produce beautiful colour.
Interpreting artwork in tapestry requires a range of yarns in specific colours; Philip Sanderson explains how they do this in the studio dye laboratory at West Dean College.
Jenni Stuart describes her challenge to weave a throw with yarn spun from a local farmer’s sheep, and two experienced weavers write about their projects inspired by a London Guild competition.


Weaving a Throw for Farmer Ben pdfJenni Stewart11
DISCOVERY: Unexpected Treasures from the SeaRex Cowen14
Studio Dye Laboratory at West Dean CollegePhilip Sanderson18
Afghan Adventure: Qaria Cashmere Spinning Training, February/March 2015Amanda Hannaford22
Spinning Qaria Cashmere SamplesAmanda Hannaford27