Free Fibre Sampling
Free Fibres and Free use of equipment and Free advice
PLEASE NOTE THAT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE WE ARE NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
One thing we hear a lot is just how difficult in can be to choose fibres by looking at a website. Colour, texture, handling…. None of these can be conveyed with complete accuracy by any online store, but we have a solution. Spinning/felting/needle felting sampling for free.
Come along to the shop and give them a go. We welcome sample spinners and felters to visit and try as many different fibres as you like, with absolutely no commitment to buy, and all for no charge. Simply bring your wheel, or borrow one of ours, and you can spend the whole day or part day trying new and interesting fibres.
Free use of all our fibres, subject to availability. Some exotic fibres, such as musk ox down and vicunia may not be included due to their very high value.
Free use of display wheels and carders. If you know you would like to try a certain piece of equipment please let us know beforehand. We have all our wheels ready to use. Most of the Ashford and Kromski range are on display ready to use along with drum carders and combs.
We have a dedicated glass house display area situated in our garden and adjacent to the shop with wheels and carders set up ready to use. Great natural light for spinning. In summer there is also a gazebo covered decking area.
There is space for 4 to 6 spinners if you would like to have a group visit.
There is table space for up to 4 felters. All you need to bring is your normal felting kit. We provide all the sampling fibres free of charge.
We have kettle with tea and coffee. If making a day of it there is a good sandwich shop in the village and two pubs.
For non spinners there is lots to do in Wentworth village and Elsecar just down the road. Have a look online.
What can you take away
Anything you have spun or felted. Also small samples of fibre. We will provide small self seal sample bags that you can pack with fibre and label so that you may have a reference set or a small amount to try out later.
What isn’t included
No formal tuition is included. We will be on hand to offer tips and advice.
We have experts on hand to answer questions and advise on equipment, wheels and carders, needle felting and wet felting.
Tuition with Ruth Gough can be booked on an hourly basis to cover chosen aspects of spinning. Please contact us to discuss options.
All we ask is that only small amounts of each fibre are used at any one time, just enough to get a feel for the fibre and how it handles. We don't have a definite rule how much to use, but please ensure you are "sample" spinning or felting.
How to book
Any day or part day Monday to Friday If you fancy a small group visit contact us to discuss details
Please complete the form below or contact the office in order to book your session.
No charges the booking is just the fixing of a day to avoid overcrowding. There is no commitment. You can just turn up without booking but it risks there not being enough space as some days we get the maximum number.