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Hand Dyed Wensleydale and Gotland in Store Now!

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

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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Unicorn Power Scour 16 oz (473ml) Fleece Wash

£11.99

Earn 11 Points with this purchase

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Description

Unicorn Power Scour is a unique formula designed to deeply clean oily/waxy fibres (like wool and mohair) as well as less waxy fibres (alpaca, cashmere and the finest angora) while protecting the vital fibre cuticle. Power Scour enables the strength and natural beauty of the fibre to carry through to garments, rugs, or into the hands of talented craftsmen. Power Scour optimises the cleaning of raw, greasy fleece, and gets the grease out:



* reduces mats and tangles, increasing fibre yield
* eliminates build-up of cleaning agents
* non-yellowing
* cleans at low, energy-saving temperatures
* leaves fibre with a clean, fresh aroma

16oz (473ml) bottle with wash up to 20lbs (9kg) of fibre, which is a couple of good size fleeces. I use this for processing many of my fleeces and have had very good results.

The Right Kind of Post Day
	After yesterday’s chaos… a car hit the front of the house… don’t worry we are all ok and waiting for teh insurance agancies to come out… nothing too major fortunately… anyhoo, after that chaos I was grateful today when one of my recent yarn orders showed up witha pattern book. This means I can settle down and plan some new knits.

	Hope you are having a wonderful day where ever you are?

	Sara x
	Website: www.SarasTextureCrafts.com
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The Right Kind of Post Day

After yesterday’s chaos… a car hit the front of the house… don’t worry we are all ok and waiting for teh insurance agancies to come out… nothing too major fortunately… anyhoo, after that chaos I was grateful today when one of my recent yarn orders showed up witha pattern book. This means I can settle down and plan some new knits.

Hope you are having a wonderful day where ever you are?

Sara x
Website: www.SarasTextureCrafts.com
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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

www.SarasTextureCrafts.com

Next Update Due: 7th June 2013.

OK, so I’m nearly there, only a few bits left to make and label (batts mostly). I thought it might be quite nice to go through what I have ready for you.

I’m going to do this as a bullet point list highlighting a few with photos;

  • SALE – Ashford joy, lightly used with a freedom flyer included for £335 (RRP £598!)
  • Merino 64s in 25g lots. You know the deal with this…. One ball for £1.04 and 4 for £3.50, which is my standard show offer.
  • Needle felting kits and equipment from needles to pipe cleaners.
  • Wet felting equipment from Bamboo mats to olive soap.
  • Silk Scarves for Nuno felting.
  • Spinning equipment and sundries from bobbins, lazy kates to threading hooks.
  • Unicorn Power Scour for those raw fleeces you might buy at the show.
  • Texture boxes… lots of them!
  • Hand Dyed Fleece from Gotland and BFL to Wensleydale and Teeswater. Pick ‘n’ Mix 50g offers, which is a standard show offer.
  • Hand Dyed Mawata in new shades. Pick ‘n’ Mix 10g offers, which is a standard show offer.
  • Batts – Limited Edition Bits ‘n’ Pieces and special packs.

  • Hand Dyed Variegated Tops including; Jacob, Falkland, Shetland, South Down, Cheviot, BFL and Merino. Blends include; BFL/Sparkle, Merino/Nylon and Merino/Tencel.
  • Hand Dyed Semi Solid Tops on Shetland and BFL.
  • Merino Rainbow Blends with and without silks.
  • Mini Skiens
  • Textured Threads
  • Hand Spun Yarns
  • My New Collection Yarns on sock bases!
  • SALE – Discontinued yarn colourways and bases, as well as some half price Manos del Uruguay and Schoppel Wolle!

 

Phew… When you see the dark circles under my eyes you will understand why!

So there is certainly lots and lots to see and buy on my 4x3m stall…. Stand U5 at the back near the dining area. I would love to see you and show you the new stuff and talk through what might be good for your next product.

Sara x

www.sarastexturecrafts.com

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

APRIL 2013 - MIXED BITS ‘N’ PIECES
(No angora, or mohair, but lots of colour & texture)!

Welcome to Batt Club!

Batt club is a monthly delivery of hand carded batts in exclusive club colourways.

So how does it work and what do you get?

Firstly I open a new listing each month with a new monthly choice colourway. I will create this based on a predetermined theme of my choice.

There are usually two easy options, or dips (unless I am creating limited edition bits and pieces, then you get a discount on teh second batt, instead of an optional detail change);

  • Single dip @ £5.30 – choose either the stripe or haze batt
  • Double Dip @ £10.30 – choose both and save 30p.

Each batt weighs approx 50g.

Shipping is detailed below. This is added to the above prices, so that you have covered the cost of separate shipping if you order more items today.

I gather the purchases together and create your order to ship at a later date. These exclusive colourways will remain exclusive for 2 months before they are open on the site for general purchasing.

Each month I will open spots for the next colourway and you can sign up again, or wait a month.

There is also a Batt spin along on Ravelry at http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/saras-texture-crafts/2293795/1-25#7. Join in and try someting new today!

BUY HERE

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; my new dog, the new look website and my trip to the Somerset Guild.

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

Sara x

www.sarastexturecrafts.com

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.