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Fleece club is a 3 month delivery of fleece from this year’s clip.

The idea is that you will be introduced to varying breeds of sheep throughout the offer. These may be similar to previous years depending on what stock is available to me. These will be in small amounts that are easy to wash and process, giving you something new to play with in your spinning and felt making.

So how does it work and what do you get?

There is one easy payment at the checkout and this pays for the 3 deliveries. Each delivery will contain;

  • 2 x 50g of unwashed fleece, skirted and sorted.
  • Information about the fleece you have received and recommendations for washing, processing and spinning… if they differ from the basic instructions.
  • Plus a little gift.

The first delivery will include basic washing and processing instructions.

Colours will vary too. So for example, if I give you a white Teeswater sample, then you may receive a black Wensleydale sample. This will vary your sampling, so that you can keep track of the fleece as you spin or felt it and also introduce you to the wonderful natural shades available.

Once payment is made customers are obliged to all three shipments. Cancellations prior or during shipments will not result in refunds. This is because I will be purchasing fleeces from Farmers as early as March to cover the fleece club. However please note, this does not restrict a customer’s right to return under my Terms and Conditions of sale. Costs of this will be incurred by the buyer.

Please also note that some countries will not allow unwashed fleece through customs. Please check with your relevant government department before purchase, as I cannot be responcible for custom halts on deliveries and can not refund as a result.

BUY HERE

 

Sara x

www.sarastexturecrafts.com

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.

Enjoy!

Sara x

www.sarastexturecrafts.com

Get yourself an LED covered sheep!

I had to share something fun for the day!

Sara x

www.sarastexturecrafts.com

The next episode is up and show notes can be found at www.dreaminginfibre.blogspot.com

In this episode I discuss; The Craft Hub Needle Jam workshop I taught, Craft4Crafters (with a diary of the show added), shop updates, batt cluband fibre club. I talk about my crafting and a bit about business behind the scenes at HQ.

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

Sara x

www.sarastexturecrafts.com

The next episode is up and show notes can be found at www.dreaminginfibre.blogspot.com

In this episode I discuss; December in Review, January Shows & Workshops, www.SarasTextureCrafts.comSale, 2013 Collections, Book Giveaway, Shelley’s Shawl and New Year Planning.

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

Sara x

Thank you very much for all of your support this year, see you in 2013!

Merry Christmas!

Sara x

A little sheepy something to make you smile…

The next 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

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

 
This is a monthly podcast by Sara’s Texture Crafts.

Thank you to new and existing viewers, I hope you enjoy the show!

In this episode I discuss my recent shows; the Devon WSD Guild’s Fleece day and Coldharbour’s Wool & Craft Fair. I also mention Glastonbury Wool festival’s August event.



Fibre Club Sign Ups at http://sarastexturecrafts.com/products/66586—fibre-club-3-month-hand-dyed-top-club.aspx

Fleece Club Spin-a-long http://sarastexturecrafts.com/news/439-fleece-club-2012-competition.aspx



Custom Dye orders – http://sarastexturecrafts.com/products/67176—custom-order-hand-dyed-top-100g-you-pick-in-a-choice-of-fibre-bases.aspx

For projects I show spinning completed from the Tour de Fleece and production.



Last shop update picture…

 


Next shop update picture…

Custom orders welcome at www.SarasTextureCrafts.com

Fleece also available for spinners and felt Makers at www.SarasTextureCrafts.com



… and finally a bit of film and photos from my day out in Ilfracombe, Devon.

Until Next time, keep Dreaming in Fibre!


 

Sara x

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A few weeks ago D and I went to visit the Zwartbles farm I use… by the time we got there the sheep had made their way across the fields away from the farmhouse, so instead of tracking them down (in the rain) we sat had tea with the Farmer and his wife.

While we were chatting we were given some newly taken photos of recent lambs with their mothers. Aren’t they just beautiful!

This little fella is a good size and muscle build for his young age. In fact all signs are that he’ll make a very good ram.

Have you ever spun with Zwartbles?

A dutch breed, Zwartbles is fast becoming a popular breed with UK farmers. It is an easy lambing breed, which procudes good meat yield. The fleece in the past has mostly been sent for carpets, because of the dryer and more coarse ends. However, if prepared well is handspins beautifully.

The fleece staple has a medium to fine crimp and colours from black to chocolate sun-kissed tips. It is not a lanolin rich fleece, so takes little washing and does have some lustre. In feel it is closest to the Norwegian and Jacob tops I sell and would felt or spin up with a wonderful texture.

Count: 28-30 micron/Bradford 54-56, Staple: 4-5 inches (10-12.5 cm)

Find fleece available for sale here… http://sarastexturecrafts.com/category/2508-zwartbles.aspx

Try some today!

Sara x

www.sarastexturecrafts.com

Welcome to the next shop update! I’m two days early due to work commitments and the Easter bank holiday.

Today is all about Hand dyed fibres, fleece and Prefelt!

I have;

If you want a closer look at some of these, then I will be mentioning them on my next podcast at http://dreaminginfibre.blogspot.co.uk

You can find all of these in the Felt and Spinning shop at www.sarastexturecrafts.com

Sara x

www.sarastexturecrafts.com

Next Update Due:27th April! This will include more Hand Dyed Fleeces, Mawata Silk and Prefelt.

 

Welcome to the competition!

Experiment and try something new, share what you make for a chance to win 500g of your favourite new breed!

Rules:

as an aside note: Please keep chatter to club content only for ease of moderation. If you have questions related to the club, please contact me here the website.


Fleece club is a 3 month delivery of fleece from this year’s clip.

The idea is that you will be introduced to varying breeds of sheep throughout the offer. These will be in small amounts that are easy to wash and process, giving you something new to play with in your spinning and felt making.

So how does it work and what do you get? There is one easy payment at the checkout and this pays for the 3 deliveries. Each delivery will contain;

  • 3 x 50g of unwashed fleece, skirted and sorted.
  • Information about the fleece you have received and recommendations for washing, processing and spinning… if they differ from the basic instructions.
  • The first delivery will include basic washing and processing instructions.

Breeds may vary depending on what I can source from Farmers, but could include; Ryeland, Massam, Teeswater/Kerry Hill Cross, Wensleydaye, Teeswater, Manx Loagthan, Romney Marsh, Shetland, Leicester Longwool, Zwartbles, or Gotland.

Colours will vary too. So for example, if I give you a white Teeswater sample, then you may receive a black Wensleydale sample. This will vary your sampling, so that you can keep track of the fleece as you spin or felt it and also introduce you to the wonderful natural shades available.

Join up and try something new today!

Check out these beautiful lambs… One of the Farmers I know sent me this to show off the Gotland Lambs in the field at just 6-12 days old!

These are future fleeces for the shop in progress! Check out what I currently have in stock at www.SarasTextureCrafts.com and don’t forget you Gotland is the first fleece I have secured for Fleece Club.

Sara x

Inquisitive_lambs.MOV Watch on Posterous

In this episode I discuss; 

Check it out at http://dreaminginfibre.blogspot.com/2012/03/dreaming-in-fibre-episode-9.html

Sara x

I received a message from the lovely Claire Crompton and I thought I ought to share the Devon exhibition she mentioned, so that you can pop by and see it.

Fleece First features the work of several contemporary textile makers whose raw material is wool as well as exhibits from the South West wool industry, past and present.

Fleece First Exhibition

Exhibition photos, by Devon Guild of Craftsmen

Venue: Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon. Google Map to Devon Guild of Craftsmen

Dates: 24th September to 13th November, 10am to 5.30pm every day. There will be demonstrations of weaving every Saturday and handspinning every Sunday.

Images from the opening day can be viewed here, featuring some very relaxed Ryeland sheep: Fleece First Album

Ryeland… aren’t they beautiful?!

I’m hoping to go myself quite soon… maybe I’ll see you there?

Sara x

www.sarastexturecrafts.com