Vegan soap

My first 2 batches of cold processed vegan and palm oil free soaps are ready to be displayed – both come with a gorgeous floral scent, the classic english rose and the exotic flor de cebo (aka frangipani). I made the soaps with unsaponified jojoba oil and cocoa butter for an extra skin treat :o) They are also perfect to be used as shampoo bars along with a lemon or vinegar rinse = 2 table spoons of either lemon juice or household vinegar + 500ml (1 pint) of water. I use the soaps myself as shower and shampoo bars, and I would never think of switching back to silicone and chemical loaded commercial shampoo, never. Natural soap makes the hair silky soft and helps the skin remain healthy.

Please note that all my soaps are EU certified only, I cannot sell them outside of the European Union, I´m afraid. Having them licensed for individual countries outside of the EU would cost a fortune. It is over-regulation at its best…

The new yummy batches are now displayed in my soap-and-wooly-garments-store on etsy:

 

 

I will be painting new batches of extra soft merino wool rovings this weekend and display them on my blog as soon as they have come off the drying rack. :o)

Everyone have a wonderful September weekend!

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Gradient colourway and spring greetings

Jean Aycock of FoxtrotFibers is a very lovely customer of mine. She purchased one of my handpainted merino rovings, handspun it into a plied yarn with a gradient colourway and used it for a weaving project. Have a look, the shifting colours are fantastic:

A space painted roving, like Jean´s lot, can be spun in many different ways, resulting in either a variegated, self striping or colour shifting (gradient) colourway, there really are no limits.
For example, the roving can be split lengthwise into as many thin and very long strands as necessary and then worsted spun that way, creating e.g. a single self striping yarn, or a variegated plied yarn (plied with 2 separate threads), or a self striping navajo plied yarn (3-plied) where the colours shift in short sequences.
For a controlled gradient colourway the roving can be pulled apart into short single colour chunks and then spun using the inch worm technique. This is a technique I personally prefer if I want certain colours to meet for a greater length within the yarn, once it has been plied. I usually place the colour chunks for two single threads in line next to each other and then wool spin them one by one, holding the short strand horizontally. Wool spinning makes the yarn fluffier and bouncier than worsted spinning. I like gradient yarns very much, though they require a bit more fiber preparation and a balanced spinning technique for a plied version. But they are so worth it and great fun indeed!!

Okay, since last month (sorry, no February blog due to a very bad cold…) I have been restocking my wool curls, thick and thin yarns and drum carded batts. There is also a new yarn and a new merino-silk batt available in my etsy store – I can´t resist the combination of purples and greens, they are perfect “fairy” colours. I just have to do them on a regular basis. ;o)

 

Speaking of fairies, Easter is drawing nearer, and there is no Easter without a spring fairy soap made of pure natural plant oils, cocoa butter, and a perfect scent of honey and spring blossoms:

These soap babies are currently curing but will be ready towards the end of the month.
Everybody have a wonderful and creative spring season!

Autumn impressions

The month of November is starting on a high note, I love it! As the days will most certainly become darker and duller quite soon let´s take in all the splendour of the autumn season, enjoy the magnificient colours of mother nature and take long walks out into the fields and forests. It´s absolutely worth it!

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I have not been idle these past weeks and hand painted new batches of my English Leicester curly fleeces, some Bluefaced Leicester curly fleece, I carded more super fine 18 micron merino-silk batts (gorgeously soft!!!!), and my 20 colour merino roving bags (24/6 micron) are fully stocked again. They weigh a whopping 255g (9oz) per bag and are perfect for felting projects, handspinning and dolls hair – very handy for beginners in felting and spinning as well. The fibre bags are displayed in my etsy store

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Everyone have a very colourful and creative November!