Newsletter Spring 2013

Spring 2013 Newsletter

This Spring has been so incredibly busy at Kiki’s that we have decided to make a few changes: our newsletters will be a quarterly feature on our website and for regular updates you can now follow us on Facebook!

The Royal Mail’s changes to postage rates mean that it has become extremely difficult to calculate postage accurately on our website. Please do not be put off if you believe the postage to be rather high as we will reimburse the difference if the actual postage is lower.

Our pre-loved spinning wheels are proving popular, with the Delft wheels a firm favourite. And no wonder, with their timeless design and easy treadling action, these solid oak wheels are a beautiful piece of furniture and a joy to spin on, whether you prefer spinning 4-ply or Chunky. More details about this Delft spinning wheel can be found in our Spinning/Felting section.


As promised in the previous newsletter, we haven’t forgotten to add kittens to our collection of children’s fabrics! Three different designs to choose from, as well as paw prints for a great backing or border fabric:


 Patchwork fabric basics are essential additions to any stash and a lovely new range has just come in, Folio by Henry Glass and Stof Quilter’s Basics: 




The Dornoch Fibre Fest in March was even busier than last year and it was wonderful to see so many fibre and textile enthusiasts, give advice and share the joys of our crafts:


 Finally, the workshops we held this spring:

Crochet for Improvers was given by Margaret Arscott and was once again one of our quietest workshops because of the intense concentration! Increasing and decreasing, turning a heal and making a thumb were just some of the techniques taught by Margaret over several weeks:


The Felting workshop was taught by Sheila Bates, a very experienced felting teacher who was able to take advantage of the fact that the unit next door to Kiki’s was still empty. Everyone spread out and produced some lovely results:


Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom was a two-day workshop that required bringing your own loom and we had not bargained on it being so popular! Tutor Isobel Scott proved she was not only a great teacher, but also a great space manager! Everyone was surprised at how versatile a rigid heddle loom actually is and we hope to stock yarn specifically for weaving in the very near future:




Our Patchwork and Quilting workshops started with a wall-hanging for Valentine’s. Two different designs and techniques were taught by Teresa Mitchell and Keira McFleat:


The Colourful Cockerel for Easter was given by Teresa and also provided an introduction to free-motion quilting. It has been lovely to see not only the finished quilts but also everyone’s following projects with lots of free-motion pebbles, leaves and stippling!



For those with previous patchwork and quilting experience, Teresa then taught a Wedge Ruler Workshop. Wedge rulers make lovely Dresden Plate designs and with Teresa’s tips and expert advice, the resulting little quilts are stunning:


The Lochcarron Quilters & Stitchers have been busy making a quilt for Alzheimer Scotland and the Lochcarron Spinners have taken part in various events, more of which will be in our next newsletter.