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.

May 1, 2013

Shearing 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!

February 19, 2013

Wet and dry felting workshop

Come along and learn how to make your own felt bowl and needlefelt eggs. Using hand dyed merino and natural white the vessels are pretty and useful, certain to brighten up the home.

Monday 4th March 2013 Workshop time ; 7pm – 9.30pm at Brighton Road Baptist Church. Places are limited so book early, either through me or the Make website.

www.makehorsham.wordpress.com

We will make a few needlefelt eggs to pop inside too!

A felt vessel by Jay

A felt vessel by Jay

February 6, 2013

My Best felt vessel and learn how to make your own!

Finally after many attemps I have created a bowl that is actually a bowl and not just a wobbly shape that you can put things in. With many layers of merino wool and a little silk this pretty bowl is hopefully the first of many to be created by these fair hands.

If you’d like to learn how to make a similar version why not come along to my workshop in Horsham. Monday 4th March 2013 Workshop time ; 7pm – 9.30pm at Brighton Road Baptist Church. Places are limited so book early, either though me or the Make website

www.makehorsham.wordpress.com

Just in time for Easter we will make a few needlefelt eggs to pop inside too!

A felt vessel by Jay

A felt vessel by Jay

January 12, 2013

My first knitting pattern!

For years I have been designing and knitting my own patterns so this is about time. It was one of my resolutions and I think I have actually fulfilled it!
The Bandana Scarflette is easy for a beginner but satisfying for any level. It can be knitted in most any yarn as well as leftovers of the same weight.
Here is a picture and a link to ravelry for the pattern.
Bandana Scarflette
buy now

January 9, 2013

Homeless in Brighton

Last week en route to Brighton I spotted some cheeky pidgeons flying in and out of a broken window of an empty top floor flat. I dread to think what the interior must look like if the wildlife have taken over an empty property. Down below the people in the offices were probably unaware of the ‘squatters’ above. What a waste!
While the pidgeons were enjoying a dry and sheltered accomodation a young man and his dog had taken up residence in a doorway on North St. I wondered how long he’d been there and how he cares for himself and his pal. He looked snug, wrapped up well but where’s the justice here? Wildlife living in a flat and a man and his dog living in a doorway?
I regularly see a man in Lewes wandering around in layers on clothing, filthy dirty avoiding the stares of everyone around, muttering to himself. What’s his story?
I don’t know how I can help, I deperately wanted to help the man in North St. As for the pidgeons, well they should be evicted and the landlord should make good his property. Empty houses should not be empty.

December 12, 2012

Meet the Octokids

After knitting 2 rather large and time consuming octopi I thought I should knit a few baby ones, so here they are! Knitted in one piece with no seams, just lots of ends to sew in, they are completely washable and safe for little ones. The yarn is a bamboo mix so quite shiny & very soft.
They will be appearing in the etsy shop later.
Mini Octokid family

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 4, 2012

Lewes Late Night Shopping 6th Dec 2012

This year I have the pleasure of taking part in a Vintage Christmas at the All Saints Centre, Friars Walk. With lots of warming handknits, vintage needles, patterns and tree decorations to tempt you. Open from 5pm til 9.30ish the fair will offer lots of tempting gifts with the added bonus of a cocktail bar.
Needlefelt decorations

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

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