Laura Derby, rugmaker

I met Laura Derby in her studio during the Spring Fling in Dumfries and Galloway (for more on this see here and here).¬† ¬†Laura was demonstrating how she makes her rugs with coloured wool, working on a large frame and using the electric ‘gun’ which is pushed through the canvas backing and which cuts the yarn to a pre-set length on the front. All the … Continue reading Laura Derby, rugmaker

Kay Ribbens – hatmaker

One of the delights of ‘Spring Fling’ (for more on this, see here), is coming across a lovely welcome, such as this one for Minette Bell Macdonald’s studio near Lockerbie. Equally attractive was the horticultural display around the door to Kay Ribbens’ studio near Newton Stewart. Kay is a hat-maker. Inside the studio was a colourful array of hats of many shapes and sizes, including … Continue reading Kay Ribbens – hatmaker