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A delightful group of ladies from Texas, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand enjoyed all things fibre for a 5-day residential retreat at the Ashford Craft Shop.

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Spinnvilt, Lillehammer, Norway
Staff member Sandra Keith leaves next week to represent New Zealand at the international pairs lawn bowls competition in Hong Kong.

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Spinnvilt, Lillehammer, Norway
In September, 2014, Elizabeth and Richard enjoyed a wonderful visit with Eirik and Tove Bruvik, our distributors in Norway. 

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Richard and Elizabeth were delighted to be with our Swedish distributor Susanne Mellgren of Gudrun's Ullbod at the VAV exhibition.

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Using wool tops, or sliver (fleece that has been dyed, carded, combed and wound into big bumps) and your hands, you can create beautiful knitted throws, cushions, scarves and more.

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08 2014 rhode island smallCindy Howard-Gibbon of Foxglove Fiberarts Supply, our USA distributor, enjoyed partnering with the team from Halcyon at this international fibre arts conference. Their beautiful booth - with a New England beach theme - was always busy with the enthusiastic registrants and day visitors.

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Fair Dieroff Haslach 2014 03smallGerald Egger-Lampersberger, our distributor in Austria, exhibited last week at the biggest weaving fair in Austria. Over the three days there was a constant steam of interested and enthusiastic craftsmen and woman.

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sa03 me children smallSouth African dealer Glynis Brooke of Handwoven Textiles exhibited at the International Quilt Convention in Johannesburg 24-26 July, 2014. This, the leading textile art event in South Africa, included workshops as well as vendors in the packed Market Hall.

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KSF sm3NEW!! THE KIWI SUPER FLYER!
The Kiwi Super Flyer has a huge 27mm (1 1/3 in) orifice and has awesome new free-flow yarn guides on a sliding hook flyer. The new Kiwi Super Flyer will fit all Kiwi 2 and Kiwi spinning wheels.

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KSF smThe Kiwi Super Flyer comes as a kit and is and super easy to install on any Kiwi. The kit includes everything from the maiden bar up, so you only need to undo one bolt when you want to swap.

The Kiwi Super Flyer has a huge 27mm (1 1/3 in) orifice and has awesome new free-flow yarn guides on a sliding hook flyer.

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0502 photo smallEastside Gallery, a cooperative of crafts people from the Ashburton District, has closed after 22 years in the Ashford Village. The cooperative has made a wonderful contribution to the Village and the Ashburton community providing support and outlet for a large group of talented women and men. Members say they have enjoyed being part of the Village, the companionship of fellow artists and crafts folk and meeting customers from around the world.

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img 1862smLast week Richard visited Chile to assist Rossana Salata, her father Louis and their wonderful team exhibit at Materiaprima, a huge craft exhibition in Santiago.
Rossana and Louis have 7 Cosuritas shops in various locations across Santiago and also distribute Ashford throughout Chile.

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Japan-2014smJapan, March 2014
Elizabeth and Richard have just returned from a trip to Japan visiting our customers in Tokyo and Kyoto. Although we have been doing business in Japan for over forty years this was Elizabeth’s first visit and she loved the warm, gracious people, fabulous food and the amazing textile heritage.

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USA Canada 2013-215Thumb   Elizabeth
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Experience the joy and pleasure of creating your own unique yarns, fabric, garments and home ware using Ashford spinning wheels, weaving looms, fibres and yarns. In 1934 Walter Ashford founded Ashford Handicrafts in New Zealand, a company that has become a world leader in the manufacture of quality wooden textile equipment. Weaving and spinning are easy and enjoyable crafts that are sustainable, renewable and environmentally friendly.

We invite you to join our family of textile artists around the world.

 

ECARWA

Elizabeth and Richard Ashford

 
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