Posts tagged ‘alpacas’

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!

June 15, 2011

Make do and mend workshop or hen do?

Need a special venue for your hen do? or just want to learn a new skill? There are still places left on the needle felt workshop taking place on June 26th. New cria’s are arriving daily so there will be lots to see on the day. Bring a friend and receive a 10% discount. Hen do’s will receive a one off price-just ask!

New cria at Spring Farm

June 12, 2011

National farm open day

Today is National farm open day and my very favourite farm will be open to the public-Spring Farm in Fletching, Nr Uckfield East Sussex. I will be spinning some of the alpaca fibre the animals produce and will have some items for sale. Not only is it National farm open day it’s also Fletching open garden trail so if the lure of the alpacas is not enough to tempt you to visit Fletching there are pretty gardens to see too!
Spring Farm is a little way from the village but very much worth a ten minute walk.

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