Two ladies and a whole lotta wool
There is a lot to tell in this post, so I’ll start at the big one: I recently got a new job in Luxembourg so I’m saying farewell to publishing and hello to podcasts full time. I’m also saying farewell to the UK and the city of London, so I’m trying to soak it all up while I can and prioritise what I’m going to miss the most.
Naturally I’ve started with craft-based jaunts and my adventure last week took me to the amazing Handweavers Studio in Finsbury Park. As I’m only in Archway I walked down Holloway Road to get there. I absolutely love Holloway Road for its busy randomness. It’s so nice to actually have the time to be mindful of where you live and take it all in. I stopped and got some earl grey in an awesome shisha garden, came across a great shop called Outpost (a non profit run by Peter Bedford Housing Association providing supported housing, training, work experience and community activities to adults who have experienced long-term social exclusion) and eventually found myself in The Handweavers Studio. This shop is a yarn addicts dream! There’s SO much yarn.
As the focus is mainly weaving there’s a huge variety of different types in all sorts of weights. There’s fancy yarns, mohair, handspun, naturally dyed, wool, cotton, silk, rayon, bamboo…I could go on! There’s also lots and lots of wool tops for spinning and felting.
Of course it wouldn’t be the Handweavers studio without some looms. I hope to upgrade one day from my little frame looms to something like this.
Even though I’m supposed to be condensing my stuff (especially my craft stuff, nooooooooo) I couldn’t resist a few sneaky purchases.
As I’ve got more interested in weaving I’ve found it really hard to source supplies, especially affordable supplies. Thankfully they’ve got it covered at the Handweavers studio and I was able to pick up some much needed tapestry bobbins (see in the basket above). As soon as I got home I couldn’t resist a weave! Here’s a handwoven wall hanging I did on my new retro loom.
It’s come out slightly wonky, perhaps because it was the first time I used a heddle for a full weave (I usually just use a frame loom and weave the yarn in by hand using bobbins or slim shuttles) but I’m proud of it nonetheless. And just look at the awesomely retro packaging for old loom, love it.
London I’m going to miss you!