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Whilst there is still a couple a months to go before TOTE – The Oamaru Textile Emporium begins year fourteen it has made me think about how the co-operative shop I and my two fellow directors have run has evolved over the last decade.… Continue Reading “Anniversary “

Becoming an even slower maker?

Looking more and making less. I’m continually questioning whether I need to make more stuff, dye more yarn, weave more fabric. Should I be selling anything at all? If the Covid19 epidemic has taught me anything it is that being totally physically isolated from… Continue Reading “Becoming an even slower maker?”

Where did the last year go?

I can’t believe it’s been so long. I’ve missed writing and using this site. Seduced I guess by the immediacy of Facebook and Instagram. This is much more my own space. Sometimes the others are just a cacophony of sound and sadly have many… Continue Reading “Where did the last year go?”

My new online shop

It’s taken me a while but I’ve finally got a new website which incorporates a fully functioning shop too. It’s one I feel relatively competent to update and handle. I invite you to go and have a look. Doespins shop  I’m looking forward to doing… Continue Reading “My new online shop”


I have two commission pieces to make soon both include working with very local to me wool from flocks of sheep that have lived for many years close to my home. Now I need to turn those raw fleeces into long lasting textiles for… Continue Reading “Woolwitch”

Local fleece

Is there anything more alluring to a handspinner than a naturally pigmented fleece. Or even the unpigmented cream. My great love has been fibre preparation and spinning. For years I chased the elusive goal of spinning smooth regular yarns but now I want to… Continue Reading “Local fleece”

Weaving blankets

So part of my stock in the physical shop has always included a few blankets which are usually the size of a cosy sofa throw because that suits the size of my big loom. My favourite ones always involve hand spinning the warp and… Continue Reading “Weaving blankets”

New Beginnings

This is the excerpt for your very first post.