Every Day an Ashford Day!

The textile crafts of spinning, weaving, felting, dyeing and knitting are a wonderful way to express yourself. The limitless combinations of colour, fibre and texture will open up a world of creativity and inspiration.

Since 1934, when Walter Ashford founded the company, Ashford Handicrafts has become the world leader in the manufacture of textile craft equipment. Today Walter’s son Richard and his wife Elizabeth together with their loyal and long-serving staff have produced over 600,000 spinning wheels and weaving looms which are used around the world.

The products, the result of 75 years’ experience, customer feedback, research and development, are designed to be robust, simple and fun to use. We have a range of spinning wheels, weaving looms, carders, fibres, dyes, yarns and books to suit every lifestyle.

The New Zealand Government has recognized us with awards for excellence in design and exporting and all are manufactured under the quality assurance system, Q-base.

Ashford products are available world-wide. For the name of an Ashford dealer near you please follow the link at the bottom of the page.

From the beginning our philosophy is to respect nature and work ethically and sustainably. And, of course, spinning and weaving are eco-friendly activities that reduce the dependence on non-renewable resources.

Welcome to the Ashford world of textile crafts.



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