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There was a small, spring-like update last night and there is still a bit left this morning! Website is www.sarastexturecrafts.com #handdyed #indie #yarn #knitting #crochet #crafts #weaving #sarastexturecrafts #sparkle #sock (at www.sarastexturecrafts.com)

Last Chance to Grab a Spot for Fibre Club 4!

I only have luxury club spots left in this final week of sales. Please grab your spot before they are gone at www.sarastexturecrafts.com

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The lovely MiaParanoia on Ravelry recently spun up some of my Merino After the Storm… Isn’t it wonderfully consistant spinning? Currently on maternity leave (congratulations xx) Mia is absent from her beloved wheel, but I know when she is back she will be making lots more yarn to sell… so keep an eye out!

Thank you for sharing!

Sara x
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Do you remember me posting about Wendy’s beautiful Lace Spinning? Well here is teh finished yarn knit up in a beautiful lace knit called Miss You Nights by Anniken Allis.

I’m really in awe of how this has come out… wow Wendy, well done.

Sara x
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Here’s the list;

  1. Batts – Red, Orange/Yellow and Purple options have been added.
  2. Hand Dyed Blended Tops – I have some new bases to work with on custom order and will have a few ready to go stock items available too. The bases are; BFL/Trilobal, BFL/Silk, Merino/Bamboo, Merino/Nylon (great for socks, not so great for felt making), Merino/Silk and Merino/Tencel. Colours fresh in stock are BFL/Sparkle Bluebell Woods and Merino/Tencel Malachite.
  3. Knitting Sundries – Stitch Holders to Cable needles and knitting calculators.
  4. New ZealandCorriedale – New Animal Shades in stock.
  5. Other Hand Dyed Tops include – Merino in After the Storm, BFL in Tourmaline and Anenome, Falkland in Dartmoor and After the Strom, Jacob in Bluebell Woods and Rusty Gate and finally Shetland in After the Storm.
  6. Sock Yarn Collection! Yes, it’s finally here and I have two bases to choose from. Other bases will follow later on.

You can find all of these in the shop at www.sarastexturecrafts.comfrom the date above. So mark your diary and come join me.

If you want to see more of the shop update details and see items in the ‘flesh’ so to speak. Check out my next podcast episode at www.dreaminginfibre.blogspot.com

Sara x

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Next Update Due: 7th June 2013.

Recent trips to the farms have been fruitful and so there are some real gems to share with you today.

Local sourced tops I have the great pleasure of introducing my new range of ‘straight from the farm’ tops. These really beautiful and fine tops have been hand selected as fleeces, by me at my local farms to produce tops from. This way I can ensure the very best quality for you in top form and no blending with something sub-standard… and it shows! I have stunning black Wensleydale, which is so fine it would spin lace easily in a bitter chocolate black colour. Then I have four colours of Ryeland; Black, Grey, Oatmeal and Brown. Each of these has a wonderfully easy draft and will make some really wonderful yarns. Did I mention they’d be perfect for felt making too?!

Gotland Fleece– Some new clip fleeces are ready for the website. I have two of medium colour, which has great curl definition and overall shading. These will be available in multiple weight options. Gotland is wonderful to spin or felt. I also have some more dyed Tourmaline in stock!

Dyed Wensleydale Fleece– I have some new stock in new colourways available. These have been dyed on white and black Wensleydale options. This is the last of the clip until the next shear, so grab it while you can!

Prefelt 150g and 400g– I will be selling these natural prefelts in metre lengths and fat quarters. Prefelt is great for backing felted projects and also for using as fabric lengths of felt, once worked.

You can find all of these in the shop at www.sarastexturecrafts.comfrom the date above. So mark your diary and come join me.

If you shop with me on Etsy, you will find a smaller update on the same date.

Sara x

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Next Update Due: 5th of April 2013.

Don’t forget to come and see me at my next events! http://sarastexturecrafts.com/page/5172-events.aspx

As I mentioned yesterday I’m very keen to work on colourways for my new yarn collection due out in March at www.sarastexturecrafts.com, so it’s wonderful to be able to show off some more pictures today. This is colour Bohemia;

And these are Heather’s loom knit socks;

Aren’t they fab? I love how different the skein weaves up. I think this will be another colour for the new collection.

I first heard of Heather’s work with my yarn, back at Craft4crafters. Heather showed me her loom made fingerless gloves;

We talked for a while about Heather’s not being able to knit, but understanding the principles of weaving she has taken to knitting looms to produce knitted fabrics, for socks etc. She remarked how she enjoyed the process of using my Bohemia colourway… how the pooling played out and changed on each project. I must admit I was very taken with the idea of tackling socks in this way… I’m not a sock knitter myself, but I would like to try them again at some point. Maybe I should try a knitting loom?

What is your prefered sock method?

Thank you for sharing Heather.

Sara x

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I have been planning my new hand dyed yarn range and working on colour options… I had decided in my mind to work with sock yarn frist, as it’s the better selling base for me. As luck would have it, at the very moment I pencilled down colourway ‘Dartmoor’ to feature in this range, Ann one of my long standing customer’s sent me some pictures of her latest socks.

It’s great toi see how Dartmoor might pool on a sock and I think you will agree it has to be one of my featured colourways… it just has too!

Thank you so much for sharing Ann.

Sara x

www.sarastexturecrafts.com (new yearn range due in in March).

A lovely day for hand dyed, the sky is clear and bright and it’s time for some colour in our lives!

Here’s the list of new product in this month’s shop update;

  • Batt Club – Batt club opened on the 7th of Feb and already I have a few customers. Thank you! There are still spots available so feel free to grab a spot.
  • Merino Shade Packs – I have put some new colours together that are inspired by some of my hand dyed colourways. You can buy from these, or use them as inspiration to make up your own selections from my solid Merino range.
  • Knops – I had people ask me to list knops in a natural shade, so that they could have a go at dyeing some up for themselves. Well from today this listing is now available for you.
  • Semi Solid hand dyed colourways – I dyed up the new shades on BFL and I think you will agree add some of the necessary greens and blue/purple that the original shade card missed. I am working on new colour options behind the scenes, so if you happen to be on Ravelry please post a comment on the ongoing – Colour wish list thread. Alternatively you can email me too.
  • Variegated colourways – I have a few braids left from the show, so these have been put on for the sale price of £4.75. Please grab these while you can.
  • Texture Boxes – if you saw me at Craft4Crafters then you will have seen these. They did very well for all of those felt makers and embellishers out there, as well as a few art yarn spinners. Admittedly there aren’t many left, but I am making the plastic boxes for some new packs over the next few weeks. I hope to have plenty more choice in the March update.
  • Finally, but by no means least I have Custom dye listings! These are a great opportunity to buy any colourway on any of the offered bases. The minimum order is 100g per colour, which is why you will have found the semi solids more expensive… normally I sell from stock in 50g batches. Please use these as your go to listing when I am short of hand dyed stock on the website. I dye every Tuesday and Thursday unless something crops up, so there shouldn’t be too long a turn around time frame. If I do get overloaded, or close to a big show I may take these out of stock for a short while, but they will be back as soon as I am more settled again.

 

You can find all of these in the shop at www.sarastexturecrafts.comfrom the date above. You will see a selection of these on the home page for this update.

Sale– I have new sale items, mostly discontinued fibre bases, like Suffolk. Do come grab what you can!

Sara x

www.sarasTextureCrafts.com

Next Update Due: 1st of March 2013.

Don’t forget to come and see me at my next events! http://sarastexturecrafts.com/page/5172-events.aspx

Sara’s Texture Crafts Variegated colourways for 2013.

Sara’s Texture Crafts Semi Solid colourways for 2013.

The colours will feature in my ETSY SHOP UPDATE 7th Feb 2013 @ 5:30pm www.sarastexturecrafts.etsy.com

Sara x

A much bigger update today, I have a few new ranges to present too!

 

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.

Sara x

Next Update Due: 4th of January 2013.

Don’t forget to come and see me at my next events! http://sarastexturecrafts.com/page/5172-events.aspx

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While I’m waiting for dyes to cook I’ll be continuing to spin today. I’m working on a project for my how to make site at www.sarastexturecrafts.wordpress.com which should give spinners some ideas for how to spin and use just 100g of handdyed tops… Any base, any colour. I often get asked, ‘What can I do with just 100- 200g?’. Hopefully this project will provide some suggestions.

If it goes well I may make this a regular project and dip into other wool crafts.

Keep watching!

Sara x
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All that hard work done, it was time to set of for the show…

Saturday:

We started off early and after a sleepless, anxiety driven night I was less than equipped to make the drive and travel sickness got the better of me. Not the best start to a weekend show, but one I seem to be getting used to as a result of the last few years of treatment. We took it slow, stopping a few times as we went and eventually got there with about three-quarters of an hour to set up. Fortunately Darrin is a trouper and really rallied round for me. I found that throwing myself into titivating the stand really took my mind off my anxiousness and nerves settled… that and some hellos from stall holding friends. John and Frances of www.lakesidecrafts.co.ukare always great to stumble across… huge hugs all round! And what was even better… we had the stall next to them!!

Here are a couple of pics of the stall…

My hand dyed tops…

Darrin’s batts. Aren’t they wonderful… he really helped me out this time. I had found myself wiped out of stock after the last show and had to start from scratch, so without his training put to good use there was no way I would have had batts for the show without him taking some time to help. Thank you D, as ever you are my best friend and hero xxx Maybe at some point in the future you can give up the day job and come work with me?

I took some video of the sheep run down the high street and will get that ready for the podcast next month at www.dreaminginfibre.blogspot.com. They had Alpaca head up the show… they were just the most darling things… didn’t want to run down the high street at all… preferring instead to sit down or play dead in the road! Still the sheep were better behaved this year and didn’t take a detour into Boots the Chemist!! Instead they formed a close huddle of gentle trotting past the on-lookers towards their pen, being closely watched by a very well trained sheep dog.

Things got busy back at the stall and so I missed the Fashion show in the afternoon and the sheep dog trials up at the Tor, but from what I hear they were a really great display.

Darrin and I worked very hard to field woolly enthusiasts’ questions and show off stock… so much so that I lost my voice on the way home!  Still it was a great first day and we had to cut more stock when we got back… which is one of the few times I’ve had to do that in the past, so a good sign that my new direction is suiting my customer base. A relief and a real boost. Thank you!

Sunday:

Woolly hat day was a slower affair, but definitely fun.

Darrin stole my Precious Rock Cheviot Hat… good job I’m spinning up yarn in colourway Africa for a second hat, eh?!

I also wore my Flower Girl fascinator… not quite a hat, but let’s face it, it was hot, hot, hot and no-one wants a full hat on in that weather!

Other events, like the flock blessing up at the Tor and final sheep dog trials took place on the Sunday, which made it a great day for tourists and families… and a chance for me to shop. I’ll show you my buttons on the podcast!

All in all it was a wonderful event… next year is a three-day bank holiday festival and will hopefully see a lot more wool, as well as other family-focused events, so definitely worth a visit. I have put down a deposit for the stall and will make a note to bring much more stock.

A big thank you to all that came to see me and thank you to the organisers for inviting me to come along.

Sara x

www.sarastexturecrafts.com

Shop Update 29th June 2012 – from 9:30am- 10am

Welcome to the next shop update!

‘Wow’ you say… not only is she notifying me a day early, but she’s even put a time of upload on it! Yes, well… in light of the last week I’ve tried to give as much advance warning as possible. The reason being that braids in particular have been flying out of the shop leading to many emails and phone calls about what’s in the next update and what may have been missed. So in the interests of making things a little fairer and easier, I’m changing the way I update;

  1. Update days – You can find the dates of these at http://sarastexturecrafts.com/page/5172-events.aspx. I use Google calendar for my event diary. So if you have a Google account you can add specific events to your own calendar and set alarms if you wish…
  2. Update times – I will update the shop at 9:30 each update day and do my best to finish by 10am. If I cannot meet this time, I will add a notice to the event page.
  3. Stock – I will also try to update the diary with contents of each update as I get them ready. These will also be added to the news section of my website (links  on home page), which will also be added to social networking sites (facebook, twitter, ravelry, etc…) I will try to have this ready at least 1 day in advance of the update.
  4. Photos – I will try to make sure that instead of teasing you with photos of some of the product in the update, I will include all of them. That way if you miss something you will know what it looked like… and if you want to custom order then you know what to ask for. I will make my lists below match the order of the photos from top left to right and so on.
  5. Etsy – If you shop with me on Etsy too (http://www.etsy.com/shop/SarasTextureCrafts), then I will also be updating here at the same time. I will try to have the same stock levels and variety, but please note that my website is my main update priority.

I hope this helps?

I have also doubled my production capacity recently, so I am hoping to have more than 1 of each hand dyed item available. This means that there is now more chance to get your hands on something during an update. Remember so things go faster than others, so please try and keep an eye on the update news and events.

Ok… Today is all about the hand dyed… a chance to grab braids and fleece for spinning, or felt making.

Here’s the list;

  • Hand dyed Tops – I have 2 of most braids;
    • BFL Hyacinth
    • BFL Dartmoor
    • BFL Wildflowers (just 1)
    • BFL Nightfall (just 1)
    • FalklandFall Leaves
    • FalklandHarlequinn
    • Merino Autumn (just 1)
    • Merino Anemone (just 1)
    • Merino Pansy (just 1)
  • Hand dyed Fleece – these are easy to draft from in most cases. Where you have a curl and don’t want to make an art yarn, then you can card by hand (you can use a drum carder, but I recommend a quick comb by hand just to loosen the curls).
    • BFL Dartmoor
    • BFL Fall Leaves
    • BFL Nebula
    • Romney Marsh Malachite
    • Romney Marsh Fall Leaves
    • Romney Marsh Nebula
    • Romney Marsh Bluebell Woods
    • Romney Marsh Dartmoor
    • Romney Marsh Nightfall
  • Hand dyed Knops – great for felt making or spinning.
    • Tourmaline
    • Fall Leaves

You can find all of these in the shop at www.sarastexturecrafts.com, by selecting the hand dyed category from the shop menu bar. I have added this to the front page for this update.

Sara x

Next Update Due: 6th July! This will include more fleeces (depending on the weather for shearing) and stock (including yarns) left from both June shows (WSD Somerset Guild Fleece day and the Lace Guild Sale day).

Don’t forget to come and see me at my next events! http://sarastexturecrafts.com/page/5172-events.aspx