Welcome to the Sussex Spinner


Hello! I'm Steve If you want to learn to Spin or make Inkle Braids, I can help you

  Why learn with me?

  You will learn from someone who has been
  spinning for more than thirty years.

  I am an experienced trainer.

  Students score my workshops highly
  for content and delivery.

  My charges are reasonable

  I enjoy helping others to learn.

The picture below was painted on the ceiling of a chapel in Brittany, France. It it is thought to have been painted in 1420 and shows a lady waving a distaff at a cleric.

The interest to me is what the distaff might tell us about the lady's status. She is well dressed and clearly of a noble background. It is the colour of the ribbon tying the distaff that is important here. If it was blue one would know her as being married, and were it white it would be customary to regard her as unmarried. In this case the ribbon tells us that she is probably widowed.

With a hand on her hip she doesn't look too happy, either.

Seeing this is in a church I wonder what biblical story this represents.

Spinner Steve

I have been spinning for some 35 years having been fortunate with my teacher Dorothy Wilmshurst. She studied with Ethel Mairet and Elizabeth Peacock both formost spinners at Ditchling during the 1930s. Later Mabel Ross gave me a greater understanding of yarn design.

Besides spinning I am a keen maker of inkle braids. I am the author of an introduction to inkle weaving for the Online Guild and am slowly preparing a book on the subject.
In addition I run workshops and give talks to Guilds and other interest groups on aspects of the history and techniques of spinning.

2007 041 Chatelaudren

Book early for these special events. All are welcome!

Beginners & Improvers - 4 evenings 5.30-7.30 April 1,8,15,& 22nd

 Tuning your spinning wheel - 5th October 2-7pm - drop in!

 Inventive Spinning - November 16 & 17th 10.00 - 5.00

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