The Slow Yarn Spinner is the culmination of my passion for hand spinning in the city of Norwich. I love the process of making yarn from scratch and sharing the millennia old craft of spinning. But spinning in the city has its limitations, lack of space or access to raw materials. Over years of spinning in an urban environment, I have learnt the tips and tricks needed to make beautiful yarns in small or busy spaces. Hand spinning is one of the slowest possible ways to make fabric but when we slow down it gives us time in our busy lives. Time to be creative and really think about the fibres that make the clothes we wear. The ethos of my business is to work sustainably with materials that are environmentally friendly. I am working towards traceability of the wool fibres I use from farm to fabric and showcasing the variety and versatility of wool grown in the UK.
My online courses and in person workshops bring this slowness and creativity to traditional hand spinning and wool processing methods using simple tools. As a city spinner I understand the limitations that others face such, as local of easy access to materials or space to wash and dry fleeces and aim to make the craft as accessible as possible. As a Norwich based business I like to include stories from the city's rich textile heritage in my in person workshops.
My hand spun yarns and spinning kits use breed specific wool with known origins. To add colour I use other materials like recycled sari silk and lap waste wool that would have otherwise gone to waste.
"I loved learning how to spin my own yarn. I appreciated Ruth's careful explanation of the trickier bits, and the way the video helps to show exactly what you need to do. I'm really pleased to see my progress over the 3 yarns, and my third one is really something I could crochet with. Can't wait to see what I can create next. "