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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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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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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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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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