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May 3, 2013

Spring Garden and Leisure Show Ardingly 2013

Last years show was one of the wettest on record and was literally a wash out for many of the traders. This year it looks like the sun is paying us visit and I may well need a sunhat & suncream. The East Sussex Guild Weavers,Spinners & Dyers will as usual be demonstrating their skills with members from other local guilds. We will be in a marquee near the alpaca show.Image

I will be there on Sunday demonstrating needle felting and broomstick crochet.

The show is also open on Bank Holiday Monday.

December 10, 2012

Tasty hats for the holidays!

Super cute and completely unique these delightful hats will bring smiles all round. Each one is different, hand crafted with love. Just like our edible British Christmas puddings these come complete with brandy butter on top and a sprig of holly.
In 3 different sizes
For the little one
hat no 1
For mum or big sister
Hat no 2
For Dad or big brother
Hat no 3

December 3, 2012

Christmas Gifts for spinners and felt makers

Just a couple more seasonally packaged mixed fibre ‘crackers’.A perfect gift for anyone starting out on their felting journey. Lots of colourways to choose from in the etsy shop.
Ingredients of Lido
Lido cracker
Ingredients of pink & white
Pink & White Marshmallow cracker

November 30, 2012

‘Christmas cracker’ fibre gift packs

I created a few of these last year and they were very popular so this year I started early and made even more. 6 area already winging their way accross the pond to the US.
Each ‘cracker’ is packed with a hand dyed selection of fleece, tops, silk, locks and tencel.
A fabulous gift for anyone who loves to spin or make felt. For those hard to please people on your list. Here are a couple to whet your appetite!
Peaches & cream cracker
Ingredients of Peaches & cream
Proud peacock cracker
Ingredients Proud peacock

July 20, 2012

My entry for the Rare Breed show on Sunday

Finished in record time, I’m usually still knitting the night before the show. I spun up and plied 108m of Jacob wool into a DK weight yarn for the basket of this tea cosy and odds ‘n’ ends of dyed Wensleydale for the crocheted flowers. Sewing the 30 or so flowers on was time consuming but then when you spin the yarn to make something it does take time! I have many vintage knitting patterns and this was really appealing, I changed it slightly and crocheted the flowers rather than make them with the tool it recommended. Voila, one very sweet tea cosy for a little tea pot! Guaranteed to keep the tea hot!
Flower basket tea cosy
Flower basket tea cosy

June 10, 2012

South of England Show 2012

Friday saw me trudging through the mud in my wellies to the Plumpton College Farmyard marquee, mud, mud glorious mud, well at least the pigs were happy! We had a few issues with college staff opening the side of  the marquee which meant the spinners and weavers were in a gale force wind but after the students moved us to other end of tent we were a lot happier for a while…..

Above us a section of the roof had come unlaced and now we had a gale blowing down our necks….

The weather hadn’t put off the visitors, I’ve never seen so many varieties of welly boots in one place-my peg loom rug was growing apace and looking rather smart. The cheviot fleece I’d bought at Heathfield show from the Sheep Show folk is rather gorgeous, money well spent for sure. The shearing team had managed to keep the sheep dry so the shearing demontrations could go ahead, led by Phil Hart they were shearing some lovely Northern mule lambs so the fleece were rather nice and 2 managed to find their way into my car???

The spinners battled on regardless of the wind howling around us and clanging metal on metal, it was deafening making conversation almost impossible. We were risk assessed later on in the afternoon and the part of the tent I had issues with was then laced back up and a little later I realised there was a man on the roof!

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Saturday was a much drier and less windy day so I set off in my winter Crocs to the WI tent to do my stints at stewarding there. The ladies were all so friendly and made me feel welcome (only been a member for 3 months). The tea tent next door was busy too and frankly the least expensive cuppa to be found!

I caught up with my good friend Pat for a quick bite to eat before she had to don her pinny and get back to tea tent. I had a bit of a mooch before I resumed stewarding and taking in the entries before me. The work involved in the entries was amazing and I only hope I can reach the standards I saw in that marquee.

Shifts over Pat & I had another look around, picked up a few bargains in flower tent before wending our way home, weary, worn out but happy. Hearing all the comments about my octopus was worth all the knitting!

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May 23, 2012

A Day in the life of me

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.Image

May 2, 2012

South of England Spring Garden and Leisure Show 6th/7th May

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 23, 2012

Weald Crafts 2012 programme of events

My first event this year is this weekend at the Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Kent TN12 6PY. I will have all my dyed yarn as well as knitted items.
26th May will be Heathfield Show, TN21 8TH
30th June & 1st July is the Smallholders Show at Ardingly RH17 6TL
22nd July Blackstock Farm, Nr. Hailsham BN27 4HF
I will post more dates later on when I have confirmed my attendance.
Although I won’t be with Weald Crafts I will be at the Spring Show Ardingly 6th & 7th May.

March 28, 2012

New Treasury on etsy

Although it’s time consuming I really enjoy putting these together. This one is called Tickled pink,

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTQzNzQ5MzR8MjU4NjM2NzQ1Ng/tickled-pink

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