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Elizabeth and Richard have just returned from a wonderful trip to South America to work with our distributor in Chile, Louis and Rossana Salata, of Costuritas, and to visit some of the centres of traditional textile design.

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Our distributor for Chile Wisniak and Co exhibited at the Materiaprima show , the biggest crafts show in Santiago. Co- owner, Rossana Salata and her team, were kept very busy with the 12000 visitors.

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The Waldorf school in the Waikato, New Zealand held a Medieval Carnival with spinners, weavers, a blacksmith, wood turner on treadle lath, and a potter with kick wheel.

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Spinning teacher Kai Hashimoto and Ashford distributor Miyoko Ito brought a tour to NZ this week.

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Richard has just returned from a wonderful visit to just a few of our customers and friends in the USA and Europe.

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Eirik and Tove Bruvik, our distributors for Norway, have recently moved into a new shop and showroom in central Lillehammer, Norway.

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At the 2015 Creative Fibre Festival, at Rotorua, New Zealand, the National Exhibition was judged and we were delighted to present our awards to:

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One hundred years ago, Kiwi troops landed on a Turkish beach. Many would never return home. We will be closed Monday April 27th, 2015, to observe ANZAC day. 

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Libby, Richard and Elizabeth have just returned from a busy and successful national Festival.

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Supervisor Kris Greer who has recently completed his apprenticeship in wood furniture making, has now achieved a level 4 qualification in CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) router operation.

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Kate visited Japan early this year to support our dealer, La Mer Co. Ltd.

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New Design for Student Drop Spindles
We recently changed the design of the student drop spindles. They are now even better, lighter in weight and the top whorl makes them perfect for the beginner spinner.

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We are sad to announce that our dealer for The Netherlands, Dineke de With of De Spinners, is retiring. Since 2003, Dineke, who is an expert spinner and weaver, has been a wonderful support to Ashford customers from her well-equipped studio and shop in Den Haag.

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Our distributor for Russia, Maria Shtrik, exhibited at a large cultural festival in Moscow in January 2015.

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Christchurch Earthquake Response

 

Our Canterbury area has been shaken by a seismic storm that started on September 22nd 2010 with a 7.1 (on the Richter Scale) earthquake, a 6.3 in February 2011 and continues even now! Mercifully we have had no loss of life in Ashburton and only minor damage but neighbouring Christchurch has been badly affected with many deaths and massive destruction.Many people are suffering - losing loved ones, homes and businesses and with the continuing aftershocks and the uncertainty. The delegate of our national Creative Fibre organisation (the NZ Spinners, Weavers and Woolcraft Society) for the Canterbury area is Shona Schofield. She is collecting donations to be used for members who are affected. The Guild shop (that was in the historic Arts Centre in Christchurch) has been destroyed twice, three of the Canterbury guilds (Christchurch, Heathcote and Styx) have lost their meeting rooms, and 6 members' homes have been destroyed. Donations can be sent to:
Shona Schofield,
7 Methven Highway,
Ashburton 7700 
New Zealand
Ph/Fax: 03 3081558
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Or we would be very happy to pass on donations if you would like to use our secure payment page and identify the payment has an earthquake donation. CLICK HERE TO DONATE
 
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