The summer issue links history and experience. Riitta Sinkkonen Davies details the linen process from seed to yarn and draws on her Finnish family history; weaver and dyer Anna Champeney’s Lanzarote diary tells the long story of cochineal and its specific relationship to the Canary Islands.
Isabella Whitworth describes a contemporary commercial project using cochineal and discovers parallels with past dyers.
With the benefit of a weaver’s experience, Laura Fry tackles the vital issues of posture, good light and efficiency at the loom. Stacey Harvey Brown focuses on six contemporary UK weavers whose work is primarily a medium for artistic expression.
In part 2 of Valerie Bryant’s study of spinning wheels we look at Ladies’ wheels in National Trust properties. The Certificate of Achievement is the subject of an article from Deputy Co-ordinator Heather Seddon who offers advice on success and Michelle Rashford gives the CoA an airing from a student’s view.