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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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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.

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