July 8, 2013
Blythe doll collectors have discovered that our finest British Rare Breed wool makes beautiful hair for their unusual dolls. I don’t often get to see what my customers do with their purchases but every now and again I get a surprise, here is the latest customised Blythe doll by a talented artist from the USA.
I’m so happy that people around the world appreciate our amazing wool and as long as the sheep are happy to wear it I’ll keep dyeing it!
May 1, 2013
Due to the aweful wet summer we had last year and then the snow at lambing time it has been a really bad time for the sheep farmers in this country. Although I have had a trickle of fleece throughout the winter I underestimated how much fleece I would need to see me through til this years shearing. I have been frantically contacting people to find out if they have fleece and have procurred a little every now & then but really not enough to sustain the business.
This year I plan on buying masses, not all at once, I haven’t the storage for that but if I can get a steady supply throughout the year and have a good stock by autumn there should be no shortage of curls in the shop.
I have learnt to be quite picky about what I want in a fleece and what is a good price, bearing in mind the farmer needs to eat too.
This year there should be Masham, Lincoln Longwool, Wensleydale (both black and white), Wensleydale x’s, Teeswater, Blue Faced Leicester and other breeds that will be suitable for needlefelting.
I have some fabulous Galway in stock that needlefelts easily and is perfect for the inside of any creation. I’ve yet to dye it but it’s a huge fleece so it’s worth a try.
Don’t forget I can dye to your requirements and with so many different fleeces in stock I’m sure I can please most people!
Next week I will be at Spring Farm for shearing day, not that I need to add to my stock of fibre, there are still many colours available to buy, just ask. I can supply it from the animal or washed.
Here’s looking forward to a very woolly 2013!
January 1, 2012
Last year I discovered that most of the dyed curly wool I sold in my etsy shop was for re-rooting Blythe Dolls hair.I’d never even heard of them! After lots of searching I realised that these dolls are very popular and a worldwide collectors items. Being extremely popular they are also very expensive. I was told about similar dolls that sold for much less so I then went on a search for one that I could use to model the clothes I’m planning to knit, without costing the earth. Cissy (not her real name-her passport is in the name of Susie) arrived a few days before Christmas and although a little scary looking will be a very useful model as she is poseable. Unlike the Blythe Dolls Cissy’ hair has been glued on so I’ll have to live with that and just knit her some hats! Cissy is made by Tangkou and has her own stand, brush, comb and passport. With purple knee highs and boots she is quite funky and even has pierced ears!