Fibre Spectrum Co-Operative
June 2016 Exhibition
An Exhibition of Fibres, Equipment and Creations
by Anne Grassham - Local Ashford Agent
& Fibre Spectrum's latest Co-op Member
I grew up on Auckland's North Shore, studied Geology at Auckland University, travelled, and finally settled in Tasman twenty-eight years ago, to try my hand at "The Good Life" -
and it has been good.
My mother taught me to knit when I was five. In high school I learnt to spin using a spindle. Then, some years later, I learnt to use a spinning wheel and weave. My family gave me my first spinning wheel - an Ashford Elizabeth - over 30 years ago - and it is still my preferred wheel. I also learnt how to farm sheep that gave me long, lustrous fleeces with a silky handle (the Fleecewood Leicester), because this is what I liked. Now, I have halfbred to English Leicester sheep, and get requests for Fleecewood Leicester fleece both locally and from overseas.
I have always been motivated by creative ideas, roved challenges, and the chance to find solutions through experimenting, regardless of whether the challenge is scientific, technical or artistic. So it was logical that I'd experiment with fibres and fibre techniques - designing and modifying my equipment and ideas to create the effects I wanted. This is how I became involved with Wizpick felting needles, and diagonal weaving boards. I was also drawn to the extensive range of Ashford fibres and equipment, becoming an agent some 15 years ago.
Another passion of mine is to share my ideas and skills with others. For many years I taught night school classes at Waimea College, and now tutor workshops at Fleecewood Farm, and elsewhere by invitation. If you're interested, please check my website for information about learning opportunities including workshops and individual tuition - or email me. I hope you enjoy this eclectic collection of my fibre-based creations, and some of the equipment and fibres I use to create them. In addition, I include examples of Ashford equipment and fibres.
The full range of Ashford products are available through Fibre Spectrum. If we don't have it in stock we'll happily order it for you, and will normally have it here within a week.
Please click here for
Price List of Selected Items in this Exhibition
The Exhibition includes other items not shown on this page, including Felting Needles Weaving Boards, Ashford accessories, etc.
Please visit our Exhibition Room to see the full display
Address & Contact:
40 Hiwipango Road