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wheel and spin yarn, That is just a personal preference, there is much more to spinning a good yarn than whether you use your feet or not. E-Spinners certainly have their place and are very well loved by people who have difficulties using their legs, many people also use them just for plying their yarns together, as this can be time consuming. I also feel the same way about Knitting Machines, I have had a number in the past, and have found it is a totally different task than hand-knitting, Machine knitting is much more technical, and is a field of expertise in its own right. It too can be very time consuming, but being able to knit a sweater in a day or two and create intricate patterns is very rewarding! If I had more time I would like to learn more about this process.


What organisations are there that you can go to for support, advice and information as a traditional crafts person? The Guild for Spinners, Weavers and Dyers is very popular, they have


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guilds all over the country as well as the online guild. The International Feltmakers Association is also a great way to meet people and get help advice. Ravelry is an online forum for anyone interested in Knitting, Spinning, Felting, Weaving etc.


Can you tell us a bit about where you create your yarns and felts, can we take a sneaky peak at your workshop/studio? A lot of my work is done at Wingham Wool Work, but I also work from


my garden and can often be found knitting in front of the TV!


Where can we buy your work? www.shunklies.com www.winghamwoolwork.co.uk


For further information about spinning and feltmaking visit: www.feltmakers.com www.wsd.org.uk www.ravelry.com


Images courtesy of Joanne Badger of Shunklies


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