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Final Tour de Fleece yarn… Not a huge haul of yarn, but a pretty little skein and mini skein combo.

Top - hand dyed Shetland and grey Shetland 144m/48g 4ply (std 2ply technique)

Middle - 32m/2g lace

Bottom - 17m/1-2g lace

The mini skeins are plied Andean to capture how the hand dyed colour might work on its own. Both could be used as a lighter weight edging to a knit project with the main yarn.

So how should I proceed with the Kal part of my Ravelry group SAL/KAL* competition? Well in all honesty, I’m really not sure… I want to make something for Darrin (D). D has supported me through everything I have been through in the last few months and so it seems only right that I treat him. As I’ll be knitting the final project in the evenings… and probably in his presence, I thought I ought to ask what he might like. After ‘cooing’ over the fact that the yarn is for him (he has been eyeing it up on my spindle!), D mentioned he’d love a lighter weight hat as his other hats are quite ‘winter’ heavy. A hat it is then! Just gotta find a pattern, or decide on making one up! What’s your favourite light weight hat?

Finally I thought I’d mention that I will be taking fleece and new fluff product to Fibre East this coming weekend… so if you fancy your very own ‘Roving Bon-bon ball’, or a ‘just shorn’ fleece, check me out!

Sara x

Website: www.SarasTextureCrafts.com http://www.sarastexturecrafts.com/- Ashford Agent and fibre artist/supplier.


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*Sal/kal – spin along/knit along.

Fibre-East

I will be in the main hall with a selection of fibre and yarn stash!

If you want to place an order to pick up at the show please pay for these at least 1 week before, so that I have time to prepare it. Thank you.

When
Sat 27 Jul – Sun 28 Jul 2013
Where
Redborne Community College, Ampthill, Bedford (map)

Sara x

www.sarastexturecrafts.com

In this episode I discuss what’s been happening this month and what’s happening next month on the website. The episode is up and show notes can be found at www.dreaminginfibre.blogspot.com

You can also find this on YouTube, Blip.tv and iTunes.

Sara x
www.sarastexturecrafts.com

Saturday 16th March 2013.

After having packed the car Darrin and I set off for Somerset… the weather was beautiful and the old girl (the car) did us proud. Fortunately with very little traffic we made it to the venue in good time, arriving about 25-30 minutes early. This often means sitting around while we wait for someone to open up, but it helps control any nerves I have as I know I’m on-time and ready to roll out the stall. So I try to always aim to be extra early and it was good to get that right on the day.

As members arrived it’s always good to have those ‘hellos’ and quick chats as you start to unload. I think that helps rapport and again those dreaded nerves. The guild was particularly helpful in fetching us some tables and making sure we were plied with tea. Darrin and I set up as quickly as possible. A modest 3 tables is always much quicker than a large show, so we made good time and I had a chat with a few other members.

Now at this point you’d be forgiven to think I had enough time to take a quick picture of the stall set up… Well that was the plan, but when I turned around, Darrin was already selling like crazy and we had half a stall left! I ran back to help… 

Here’s the stall half way through the day and a view of people spinning.

What’s great about selling fluff before you do the organised talk at events like this, is that you get to watch people play with their purchases and talk through project ideas and plans. Here are some action shots…

Anita spinning away on colour Dartmoor.. I love the way this is coming out. It is nice to see the colour progression. (Wheel - Kromski Sonata).

Ann is using colour Dartmoor that she purchased a while before Saturday. She has carded hers into 3 times blended batts. Up close you could still distinguish the colour variation, yet a bit further away it had a much more lavender feel. Same colour, but something totally different! (Wheel - Kromski Sonata too I think).

Marilyn is spinning Merino Tencel in colour Malachite. I think this is destined as a two ply, much alike my cowl. It’s lovely to see so many different wheels too. (Wheel - Ashford Traveller I think).

One lady had the tiniest of Turkish spindles she had purchased from America (sorry I forgot who this was)… me thinks I must have one!

Willow also used a Turkish spindle and was working on my challenge that my Ryeland Tops really would spin as lace… and it did!

Around 1:30pm I was introduced to speak. Now I hadn’t over planned my speech, afterall it was titled ‘Sara’s Texture Crafts - How I got started’… I could manage that. So I didn’t have to worry about pointer cards, which suited my style much better. Darrin said I talked for about 45 minutes and that this included the Q&A at the end. I think that was sufficient as I didn’t want to bore people, instead I wanted to engage. They gave me a big round of applause at the end, which took me by surprise and I must have gone bright red! I enjoyed it… the most dificult point is starting your talk… once I get going I find it a little easier. I think that podcasting has helped.

I hope everyone got to learn about me and how I started out, or at least some insight to the process. I really enjoyed the conversations and have been invited back to the Guild’s Fleece day in June. I have already started planning my list of new stock to take.

A big, big thank you to everyone at the Somerset WSD Guild… you were wonderfully welcoming and such good fun to spend the day with.

Thank you so much for having me,

Sara x

www.SarasTextureCrafts.com

Next event - Wonderwool Wales.

I was asked to pass this information along… sounds like a great class!

Three Day Workshop on Weave Structure

with Janet Phillips

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th February 2013

(Monday 25th February may be available as an optional third day)

At Coldharbour Mill, Uffculme, EX15 3EE

10am-4pm on each of the days   


 

During this workshop study a chosen weave structure with well-known and respected weaver, Janet Phillips, author of ‘Designing Woven Fabrics’.


 

£70 for Devon Guild members

£100 for non-Devon Guild members

For details and to book a place on this workshop, contact Kathryn Saunby (Programme Secretary) email:  kath@saunby.net

Tel:  01837 851263   See also our website www.dgwsd.net23.net

Demo: Spindle spinning (and possibly needle felting).

Stock: yarns, fibre, fleece and gifts!

Cash or cheques payments.

If you need to pick up an order, please let me know 3 days in advance with full payment. This will ensure I have enough time to process.

When
Sat Aug 18 – Sun Aug 19, 2012
Where

Town Hall, Glastonbury, Somerset (map)

http://glastonburywoolfestival.co.uk/

Open to all! Read below for details…

Fleece Sale and Open Day

Saturday 14th July 2012

America Hall, Pinhoe, Exeter EX4 8PX

10am until 3pm

Entrance £1 for non-Guild members

 

Fleece Sales – including Alpaca, Romney, and Shetland.  Also supplies of other fibres and dyestuffs.  Demonstrations of weaving, spinning, and dyeing.

All welcome, do join us.

Refreshments – tea, coffee and cakes!!

 

Sara’s Texture Crafts Stall

Demo: Spindle spinning, if I’m not knitting.

Stock: yarns and fibre! Cash or cheques payments.

If you need to pick up an order, please let me know 3 days in advance with full payment. This will ensure I have enough time to process.

Don’t forget to come and find me tomorrow! I will be taking a small selection of hand dyed fibre, fleece and yarn.

Open to all… 10:30 - 3pm

Hatch Beauchamp Village Hall, Village Road, Hatch Beauchamp, Somerset .

See you there!

Sara x

www.sarastexturecrafts.com

Somerset Fleece Fair

I will be taking a small selection of hand dyed fibre, fleece and yarn.

If you need to pick up an order, please let me know 3 days in advance with
full payment. This will ensure I have enough time to process. 

When
Sat 16 Jun 10:30 – 15:00
Where
Hatch Beauchamp Village Hall, Village Road, Hatch Beauchamp, Somerset.

While this is a guild meeting I do believe it is open to non-members…. So come along, meet the guild and fill your bags with goodies!

Sara x

www.sarastexturecrafts.com

Devon County Show 17-19th May 2012 at Westpoint, Exeter.



http://devoncountyshow.co.uk/http://devoncountyshow.co.uk/. The show is a great opportunity to learn more about the fibre we spin! There will be plenty of local farmers bringing their sheep to the show, so you get the chance to meet these animals (a huge variety of breeds) and talk to farmers about their fleece. There are also Alpaca, Cashmere and Angora Goats (Mohair) there too… not forgetting the Angora bunnies! This of course is before we even consider the other livestock and events that take place. The Devon Guid of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers, as well as the Devon Lace Guild will also be on hand to inspire!

I will be showing in the West Country Crafts Marquee with my stall. This marquee is specifically aimed at hosting local crafts and businesses, with the idea of promoting ‘buy local’. We have a huge wealth of quality breeds and wool businesses here on our door step that we often don’t know exist, or forget about.

I will have lots of blended tops and exclusive hand dyed tops, solid colours too. I also have spindle kits and needle felting kits, as well as yarns and embroidery/surface textured mini skeins. My demo will be needle felt figures and spindle spinning. So there will be lots of goodies to see.

If you need to pick up an order, please let me know 3 days in advance with full payment. This will ensure I have enough time to process.

If you can make it, I’d love to see you there… support is always very welcome and I would always love to see a friendly face or two!

Special Note: Orders made from the 15th of May and during this time will go out on the 21st and 23rd of May.

Unfortunately I won’t be showing this year, due to my recovery… however, I will be there shopping! I thought I’d give it a mention so if you see me you can say ‘Hi’! Maybe we could do a meet up and show each other what we bought?

Sara x

17th-19th May 2012 - http://devoncountyshow.co.uk/

I extremely pleased to announce I will be showng at the Devon County Show this year, in the West Country Crafts Marquee.

Demo: Needlefelt gardens and Spindle spinning

Stock: yarns, fibre, kits and gifts! Cash or cheques payments.

If you need to pick up an order, please let me know 3 days in advance with full payment. This will ensure I have enough time to process.

Don’t forget I shall be showing at Knit-Expo;

Sunday
13th of November 2011, 10-4pm.

Stall number: 26

Location: The Corn Exchange, Exeter. http://www.knitexpo.co.uk/thebigknitshow2011.html

Demonstrations: Spinning
 

Stock: Yarns and limited Fibres/Spinning Kits.

It is also possible to pick up orders during these events, but please order
these by email no later than 3 days in advance to give me chance to cut
them.

When
Sun 13 Nov 10:00 – 16:00 London
Where

The Corn Exchange, Exeter. (map)

See you there!

Sara x

www.sarastexturecrafts.com

Texile Fair

Saturday
5th & Sunday 6th November 2011.

Location: Duchy Square, Princetown, Devon. http://www.duchysquare.org/

Admission: FREE.

Demonstrations: Spindle spinning/Knitting.

Stock: Yarns, Fibres, kits and Equipment.

It is also possible to pick up orders during these events, but please order
these by email no later than 3 days in advance to give me chance to cut them.

When
Sat 5 Nov 10:00 – Sun 6 Nov 2011 16:00 London
Where
Duchy Square, Princetown, Devon. (map)