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anzac 2015
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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Fibre sample packs now available directly from our website. Corriedale Light, Corriedale Bright, Corriedale Dark, Merino Pack 1, Merino Pack2, Silk Merino and Alpaca Merino.

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Fibre sample packs now available directly from our website. Corriedale Light, Corriedale Bright, Corriedale Dark, Merino Pack 1, Merino Pack2, Silk Merino and Alpaca Merino.

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Our last Retreat for the year, saw craftswomen and men from Canada, Australia and New Zealand enjoying a week of fibre fun.

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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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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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