May 17, 2016
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!
Needlefelted Unicorn with Teeswater mane and tail
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!
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.
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
March 24, 2012
Now my yarn can have a professional look with their own ‘brand’ labels. Kindly designed by a good friend I can use these bands on any of my hand dyed yarns. Room for all the relevant information they are neat and subtle not detracting from the colourful yarn they surround. Will take me a while to complete labelling all my stock but it will be worth it in the end.
I have added quite a few ‘mill ends’ and hand dyed Brand name yarns to my stock so it’s not just sock yarn! Put the kettle on and take a look see!
February 23, 2012
Seeing the first daffodils in bloom was the inspiration for this sock blank, I designed it to be knitted top down and two socks at a time. Took about 40 mins to paint but was great fun and hope it looks good as a pair of socks. There are about 60st in a row which is equivalent to a round of the average sock. Will be on sale in etsy shop tomorrow when I can get a decent picture of it dry.
February 21, 2012
After experimenting with a few scarf length sock blanks I am now having them knitted up by my pal Sheena. I can now offer blanks that have 2 strands for knitters who enjoy knitting 2 socks at a time knowing they’ll have matching ones when they’re finished. (It’s never bothered me having ‘odd’ socks!) I had a plan for the first one but it went awry as soon as I put the sponge into the dye, I realised my lines were too thick for my planned design. I have other designs in the pipeline so keep an eye out in my etsy shop if you love knitting socks.