Mayan blade spinning and sad news for Texere

Mayan blade Instructable

My first ball of yarnI posted in August about a spinning device I made after seeing something similar in action at a wool show. My first efforts at spinning produced some very variable yarn – over- and under-twisted, thin and thick, you name it. Friends who spin say that I should cherish this early oeuvre, because producing irregular “art” yarn is nigh-on impossible to achieve once spinning skills develop to the point where even yarn can be spun consistently.

Yarn spun on the Mayan bladeWell, I haven’t done much more spinning lately, but I have written up an Instructable covering how to make and use a Mayan blade. I entered it into an Instructables yarn contest that happened to be running at the time, and I was delighted to hear yesterday that it has reached the final. So please pop over to have a look at my Mayan blade tutorial if you want to learn how to spin cheaply, but faster than using a drop spindle. Better still, if you’re a member of Instructables (it’s free, and there’s loads of interesting stuff on there, not just craft projects), please vote for my project before the voting period ends on Monday 2nd November at midnight (PST I think, which is 8 hours behind GMT).

The end for Texere?

I just heard that Texere has gone into receivership. It’s a huge yarn warehouse in Bradford that has been there for over 40 years and sells its own yarns and others that are hard to find elsewhere, in addition to a lot of the big brands. It caters for weavers, tassel- and braid-makers and all sorts of other yarn users as well as knitters and crocheters. Texere moved to different premises and went online-only earlier this year, and recently there was a short ‘50% off everything’ sale. Now we know why. I felt very virtuous for having resisted the lure of the 50% sale, but if I’d known that it might have been my last chance … Probably just as well I didn’t know, given the size of my yarn stash.

The website has a message saying “Ordering temporarily suspended. We’ll be in touch as soon as we are back up and running.” I’m guessing that the receivers are trying to work out if the business can be sold as a going concern. How sad if this is the end of the road for this great institution. In the last couple of years alone I have made all of the below items from yarn bought at Texere, plus a number of small leather items from skins I bought there.

Summit shawl

Summit shawl

Leftie shawlette

Leftie shawlette in dyed bourette silk

Cushion cover

Cushion cover in mohair/alpaca

Hipster hat

Hipster hat in alpaca

Adrift cardigan

Adrift cardigan

About yorkshirecrafter

I live and work in West Yorkshire.  I've always enjoyed crafts of all types, from woodwork to lace-making.  I also enjoy anything mathematical, which makes knitting a favourite pastime, especially complicated designs.  I've been advising businesses and industry on environmental matters for 30 years and also have an interest in green living, especially where it saves me money. I live with my husband and our Maine Coon in a 100-year-old cottage that constantly needs something doing to it.  Fortunately, I enjoy DIY too.
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