Website buy here - http://www.sarastexturecrafts.com/blue-faced-leicester—-hand-dyed-fleece-5641-p.asp from as little as 10g.
Etsy buy here - https://www.etsy.com/listing/107326597/blue-faced-leicester-fleece-hand-dyed?ref=shop_home_active 50g only.
DaWanda buy here - http://en.dawanda.com/product/44389138-Blue-Faced-Leicester-Fleece-50g-176oz-BLUEBELL 50g only.
Blue Face Leicester is a wonderful British breed, believed to have come originally from Hexham, Northumberland. The fibre is soft and has a small crimp effect that can give a slight texture to your work. It also has a lovely natural shine, so is wonderful when hand dyed. Great for spinners, felt makers,doll makers and textile artsits… I think you will find this fibre wonderful to work with.
Last weekend full of the joys of spring we set off for one of the Farms I visit… I knew there was fleece and I knew there would be lambs. So moods high and the sun on our backs we drove deep into the countryside for our day out.
Guess who got to cuddle a Lamb? Yes, me… although please ignore my double chin… I was hoping you’d focus on the Lamb! This little cutie is a Romney ewe. She has wonderful markings and at this point is about a day old. She was very calm and loved having her ear rubbed. At one point she even turned around to check me out… all smelling of baby lamb I couldn’t resist whispering how beautiful she was.
This is certainly a perk of the job!
Needless to say I came away with about 20kg of fleece for the shop! I will be listing raw fleece in my April shop update and then prep the rest for dyeing (listing at a later date).
Romney is silky smooth and soft, with a long staple great for spinning and felting.
As we had finished earlier than expected, Darrin suggested that we drive to Tiverton to visit the Farmer’s Market. I agreed, there were a couple of yarn shops I wanted to see (watch out for the blogs posts later… wow!). We didn’t make it to the Farmer’s market before it closed unfortunately, but I did buy a couple of skeins of yarn… ooops!
On the way to Tiverton is the Blue Cross animal rehoming centre for this area. We have passed it many times, but never visited. Living in rented accommodation isn’t always the best place for a cat or a dog and moving on later can be difficult without obliging Landlords, but fortunately ours recently agreed we could get a small dog. We’ve been planning to adopt for a while (child and animal adoption) and as much as I would have loved to from a breeder, the heart strings tug when I think of adoption from a rehoming centre. With the unlikelihood of baring children I’ve grown ever wishful for a full house of adoptees. It feels like a far greater thing to do. Now don’t get me wrong I’m not against anyone who buys a cat or dog from anywhere other than a rehoming centre, but for us I do feel being able to adopt a creature in need (as we need a child we may not have) is a ying to our yang if you will.
We stopped at the centre to speak to someone and were met by the smiling receptionist who asked us to fill in some forms while we waited for some assistance… that’s when we met V (not wishing to post her full name for privacy reasons). V was great, she really went through everything with us and explained about what the Blue Cross can offer us… in fact she even talked us through the dogs they had in-house already. I must admit I think we were both surprised to get as ‘involved’ on our first visit as we did… we envisioned home visits and record checks (I don’t really know why), long before getting to meet the animals. This enlightening approach was actually very much what we needed. It was a moment to talk through our lifestyle and situation and to understand what a dog from a home might need in return. I think we found ourselves much more evolved in our thought process than we had imagined we were initially and very close to making a design to find that special dog for us.
We are on the books now as adoptive carers and so hopefully… fingers crossed a little fluffy companion will join our home very soon.
Any tips and advice welcome. Please tell me your experiences with rehoming pets…
The Minds of Makers: Cushendale Woolen Mills
I have posted this with permission and courtesy of zwartblesireland.com.
I think it’s an important part of our crafting to understand where some of our yarn and wool may have journeyed from and the process along the way. It’s often all to easy to remain disconnected from the roots of the wool industry, as we craft in our studios and living rooms. So please make your self a cup of tea and sit with me a while while we watch a video from Cushendale Mill and learn a bit more about the fleece to yarn process.
‘That’s so cute’, I said.
‘It’s your Massam Fleece I am using as the hair’, Kristina replied.
Wow… have you seen how much work is involved here…
Firstly you must wash the fleece and wait for it to dry. This can take a week or so, dependiong on how much you have and how much Lanoline there is. Then you would have to separate the locks and individually root them into the scalp of the doll. That’s a lot of time and dedication.
Thank you so much for sharing Kristina… She is beautiful!
Please check out Kristina’s Etsy shop for your Blythe doll fix… http://www.etsy.com/shop/DollySunday
Today I listed hand dyed braids, fleece and semi-solids. I also listed threads and recycled sari silk fibres.
This is a small update compared to the update due on the 7th of December on my main website, www.sarastexturecrafts.com but I hope will give you plenty to drool over and buy in the meantime!
Shop Update 24th August 2012
Welcome to the next shop update!
Ok… time to list remaining stock from the Glastonbury Wool festival!
Here’s the list;
You can find all of these in the shop at www.sarastexturecrafts.com. You will see a selection of these on the home page for this update.
Next Update Due: 14th September!
Don’t forget to come and see me at my next events! http://sarastexturecrafts.com/page/5172-events.aspx