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!
September 13, 2012
After painting the sock blanks I imagined painting onto other knitted fabric so here is the first painted, knitted cushion! Based on one of Dunan Grants paintings this bowl of flowers has been painted onto a machine knitted fabric. The fabric was first dyed with ‘slate’, the reverse side being slightly darker.The image was then hand painted freestyle before steaming to set the dye. It has a zip and a polyester cushion pad inside which makes it washable.
August 24, 2012
Always popular these unique sock blanks will produce a pair of picture socks, as you unravel so the picture appears! Quite magical.
The first one is based on a photograph of sunflowers in Italy, taken by my old mate Maureen. The second is an impression of a seascape.
These sock blanks can take up to 2 1/2 hours to paint but are really amazing. Why be satisfied with stripey socks when you can have picture socks?
May 23, 2012
Being self employed, each day brings new challenges and opportunities. Some days I have to prioritise as there are just too many things to do. Of course the days have to revolve around ‘work’ my hour long visits to nursing homes where I try & get the residents moving a bit. With this lovely weather it’s a joy to be able to wash & dye fleece & get it dry all in a day, beats smelly fleece hanging over the shower! (yes I really do).
Today I had to mail a few parcels off to lovely customers of mine, catch up on laundry, wash & dye fleece, Lichen yellows, silver grey & moss green. That was the last of the Teeswater fleece. Our guild was invited to apply as spinning extras in a new Disney film so I had my landlady take some pics of me & have sent them off.
I planted 3 tomato plants in the garden along aith some tiny saplings I was given at the Spring show.
Now I have to make sure I have all my work equipment in the car for an exciting session near Nutley after which we spend half an hour cutting out pics for some collages we’re working on.
After that I shall putting my other caring hat on to look after a young lady with special needs.
It’s all go and never a dull moment.
May 4, 2012
I took some inspiration from a travel brochure on Yorkshire for the first one but then had great fun creating the second one. Sort of stained glass window’esque.
May 2, 2012
I’ve been dyeing fleece and yarn ready to take to this event which is the biggest one I’ve ever done! Last weekend at The Hop farm, Paddock Wood the weather made people stay away so I’m hoping that this weekend it is rather less damp. I’m sharing a space with my mate Lamingtonlass (Sheena) in the Access the Countryside area just off the Blue Gate. We’ve both been very busy preparing for this so hopefully we’ll sell out!
The East Sussex Guild Weavers,Spinners and Dyers will also be there near the alpaca show so all in all it wil be a good show.
April 10, 2012
I’m still waiting to see the latest Hockney exhibition but I did get to peruse the beautiful book that accompanies the show. All those amazing colours, spectacular! I just had to paint my interpretation!
Took a while to prepare the colours-
Two painting and steaming sessions later