Archive for ‘Blythe Dolls’

January 17, 2018

Whatever happened to 2017

It seems I’ve neglected to keep up with my posts this year. I won’t give away the ending before I’ve even started though, that really would ruin the surprise!

Processing wool is not an easy job and my body has suffered over the 7 years I’ve been doing it full time, after several de-nervations on my sacroliliac and another to look forward to in the new year, the doctor and I have an agreement that he does what he can to keep me working for the next 2 years.

I have also completely knackered my knees, so much so I have been unable to wash fleece for the past 3 months. I am hoping that with a good long rest things will have improved by the new year so I can get back to washing wool again. In the meantime I will be looking for someone to do a few hours work experience……..

2017 is the year I started networking which I have thoroughly enjoyed, I joined Mumpreneurs and have met some lovely people and had many opportunities offered to me. A dove release to remember my mum and dad was rather memorable.

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I have enjoyed a holiday in France with family, had a working holiday in Italy and a house sitting stint in Poole. Laterly I have been having weekends in Littlehampton but that story will follow shortly.

December 9th saw me organise the final Lewes Craft market of 2017 and my very last overall. 3 years was enough, it has been an experience and I’ve met some wonderful people and lots of new friends but it has taken me away from my first love, wool processing. Thankfully someone else will take it over next year so local makers and artists will continue to be able sell their wares direct to the public.

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My baking has gone down well at our local Country Market and more people are enjoying my gluten and dairy free bakes than ever.  I processed over 20K of Organic Seville oranges into marmalade and many kilos of local fruit in jam and jelly.

And so back to the beginning. I started dating a certain man in November and am happy to report I’m no longer single. I will still be processing wool and continuing as before but am much happier than I have been in years.

 

 

 

 

 

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May 17, 2016

The Big 1000

Thanks to British sheep breeders around the country, dye suppliers, friends and family I will be able to celebrate my 1000th etsy sale before the year is out. I would say 95% of those sales are dyed and natural Rare Breed wool locks, that’s a LOT of wool! (If I combined the 2 shops I would be over the 1000 but I want to concentrate on the woolly one)

I love my job, love the natural products I work with and love the customers who never fail to amaze me with how they use the wool locks I produce.

2017 is just around the corner and it will be just as woolly!

July 8, 2013

British Rare Breed wool for Blythe doll Re Roots

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!

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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!