Monday, 5 October 2020

Life is Strange...!

This beautiful scarf is the latest item off of my loom.

Made from a soft cotton yarn and wool.

A check pattern in pinks and dark red with this lovely diamond pattern throughout.

Life is strange!

I lived in a weavers cottage high in the Pennines for nearly 20 years and only began weaving myself when I moved to Lincolnshire.

Our old house was built in 1828 and would have originally housed two large looms that were slotted into recesses in the thick walls. We had  two long lights that allowed the weavers to use the maximum amount of light. 

 The women spun the wool and the men wove on loom similar to this. Once the cloth (piece) had been woven it was taken on the back of a pack horse across the tops to be sold at the Piece Hall in Halifax.
The Piece Hall is a magnificent building (that has recently been renovated).
Rows of little rooms were occupied by the cloth merchants all trading and buying cloth from all the small weavers.

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

September Already!

 I cannot believe it is already September. 

Autumn so the weatherman says!

I have been drying lavender, hops, fragrant rose petals and aromatic herbs from the garden and blending them together and making sleep pillows.

The hops are special to me as they are from a plant my late father-in-law gave me. He worked in the Kent hop fields in the day when it was all done by hand, The plant has traveled with me to every home and is now happily growing in the Fens of Lincolnshire.


Thursday, 9 July 2020


Well hello and how are you doing?

I really can't believe it is July already and still Covid19 is with us.

Has it affected you?

I've had family members that have had Covid and they have been really poorly with it, but luckily my immediate family have stayed safe.

I for one have kept myself busy with cleaning, crafting, gardening, cooking and working on my book - Fagus the Badger.

I have celebrated my wedding anniversary, missed my son's birthday and just had my own birthday.

I have been saving up for a 4 shaft table top loom and about three weeks ago a box was delivered, with my new baby.

It comes in flat pack form and I enjoyed putting it together. This is my first weaving project. A beautiful cotton scarf. It is so soft and I am thrilled with it. Woven in the the 'Rosepath' design.
This one is mine.....!

However, more will be following and you'll be able to find them in my Folksy shop.

Slowly we are emerging from lockdown, but we are a long way before it is over. So please take care and look after yourselves.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020


Well lockdown begins.

I cannot believe the idiocy of some people that have taken the last weekend as an invitation to go on a jolly to the seaside or top tourist spots. Ambling around in crowds and eating ice cream.

Thousands of people worldwide have died from the Covid19 or otherwise known as Coronavirus.
This beautiful lady is my great aunt Bertha, newly wed and tragically taken during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918.

I have family and friends all over the world and I worry for their safely as Covid19 has marched across the globe and now it has reached our shores. Even my county and people stick their heads in the sand, while other have selfishly panicked buy emptying the shelves so that shops are devoid of the basic commodities.

My elderly mother aged 92 went down to her local co-op and came back with nothing. 
It is a total disgrace.

I am hoping that things are going to improve a bit as restrictions have come into place.

'Lockdown' - restricted to you home and only going out for essential food supplies, medical issues, helping vulnerable people or essential services. Where possible to work from home.

I am busy stocking up my on-line shop Katrina Krafts.
Affectionately calling it my 'Corona Collection'.

Yesterday I was in the conservatory carding wool in the sunshine
In the company of our Jack Russell who was really enjoying the warmth of the sun.
Today I have been sewing making eco-bags from my stash of fabric.
This afternoon I went on my exercise bike. I cycled 5 miles and what a thrill as the clock turned over from 1999 to 2000.
Already I know people are going crazy because they can't go out. Unfortunately we are in an age when many people know nothing else other than doin what they want when they want.

Go back to the wartime when my mother was a young woman. 
Life was hard for everyone. The young men had been sent off to fight and many lost their lives fighting for the good of their country and the freedom that people today enjoy.

So for that very reason people need to take heed to requests for constraint to help save lives.

The only time I can remember when we were constrained was during the miners strike in the 1970's, restrictions were put into place. Electricity was put on a rota and there was a three day week.

I will survive this. The garden will look fabulous as my husband sets to with all the jobs he wants to do.

Be nice to people and stay safe.

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Lincoln Longwool

The Lincoln Longwool is one of the UK's oldest breeds of sheep,

It was used to create the Leicester Longwool and extensively  improve new breeds like Corriedale and Polwarth. 

With only approximately 800 registered breeding ewes in the UK,
 it is becoming one of the most vulnerable among the countries 
64 breeds.

This piece of  wall art I have made is made from hand washed Lincoln Longwool fleece.

The light weight ring has been bound with hand spun fleece and I have mounted onto that a needle felted sheeps head, that is framed with the lustrous long locks that they are renowned for.

The ears are made from soft cream leather and it hangs from a piece of cream silk ribbon. 

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Spinning with Lincoln Longwool

While Storm Dennis howls outside I decided to sit by the fire and spin some Lincoln Longwool.

I originally got this fleece to wet felt a small rug as a project at one of our Guild meetings which was very successful.
So the remaining fleece was washed and carded and now ready to spin.
The Lincoln Longwool is a beautiful animal.
It is the largest British sheep that was developed specifically to produce the heaviest, longest and most lustrous fleece in the world. Many were exported to improve the size and wool quality. 

The fleece is very versatile and great for spinning and weaving.
The staple can range from 8 - 18 inches in length and a female fleece can weigh up to 20lbs in weight.

It is now one of Britian's rarer breeds and categorised ''at risk'' by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust since there are approximately only 1500 registered breeding ewes in the UK.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Paws across the Ocean

I was listening to our local Radio Lincolnshire yesterday and a lady was promoting a Facebook page she had just set up called 

This group is Lincolnshire based but the idea is growing fast.
Currently there are 4,569 people in the FB group.

Crafty people are using authorised patterns to make pouches and liners to send out to Australia in the fight to save hundreds of burnt and orphaned animals - koalas,possum wallaby and kangaroo to name but a few.

The fabrics used are soft and warm. Each outer pouch needs two or three inner pouches made from soft cotton. This allows them to be washed for hygiene.

Patterns can be found on the Facebook page.

So I have sorted through my fabric store and today I have been  cutting out pouches and inner pouches in readiness for a big sew tomorrow,

If you want to get involved go and find the Facebook page and get crafting Paws across the Ocean

Thank you for reading.