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Happy snow days and happy colours

The new year has started well with plenty of snow and very cold and crisp days, presenting a beautiful blue sky and lots of winter sunshine. On those days I even enjoy walking through the snowy winter forest up to the post office with my “Santa Bag” full of parcels and enveleopes that need to get on their way so people can start with their fiber projects. While Kitty loves accompanying me she enjoys the snow season only with her winter suit on – mind you, the little sweetheart comes from Spain and has next to zero undercoat.

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Okay, let´s see what´s new in store, fiber and yarn wise: I have painted a new batch of extra soft british bluefaced leicester curly fleece (1st clip) including 3 lots of separated curls. My handspun merino thick and thin yarns “Hogmanay”, “Happy Hour”, “Fairyland” and “Jungle” have been restocked. Plus a new batch of hand painted merino rovings and a set of drum carded super fine 18 micron merino-silk batts are out and displayed, all available in my etsy store

 

 

 

 

The space dyed wool roving in fire red/yellow/brick is finally (!!) back in my ebayUK store, and so are the 24 micron merino wool rovings in deep raspberry pink, sky blue, deep red, bright yellow, and aubergine purple!

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All 48 colours of the soft 24 micron mulesing free merino roving can be found in both my etsy store and my ebayUK store:

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As to the current custom orders: All deadlines for January will be met guys! :o)
That´s all for now. Everyone enjoy the winter season and HAPPY FIBER CRAFTING.

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October fibers and mini batts

Freshly hand painted rovings of super soft falkland and merino fiber, handspun yarns, fleeces and hand carded batts are now displayed in my etsy store and in my ebayUK store.

This is just a brief update, I am still washing and sorting away the raw fleeces but I will take a break for Halloween!! :o)

Everyone have a wonderful autumn season, and Happy coming up Halloween!

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Easter scarf and heather locks

Easter is set quite early this year, and according to the weather forecast it will be a little chilly over the holidays. As we will be doing our traditional easter egg hunt with the children and also go for a nice easter walk through the open fields I prepared myself a bit and made a cosy 4-button scarf from my handspun merino heavy worsted/bulky weight yarn. I used a ribbed pattern to make the scarf elastic and finished it with 1 skein of 115 yards and 4 wooden buttons. I think it came out beautifully, I love the colourway. This baby will keep me warm for sure :o).  It will also be displayed in my online exhibition. Yay, a new piece of woolly loveliness!

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And as you can see I also painted some more bluefaced leicester curly fleece in very pretty earthy heather shades. The fleece wool is now displayed in my ebayUK store and in my DaWanda store.

Everyone, have a lovely and peaceful Easter weekend.

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 250g (8.9oz) per bag and are perfect for felting projects, handspinning and dolls hair – very handy for beginners in felting and spinning as well. The fibres are distributed in my etsy store and ebayUK store:

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Everyone have a very colourful and creative November!

Curls in felt and yarn, and more rainbow

I have been wanting to do some wet felting for months and never got around it. But now I finshed a wonderful merino-silk scarf from my hand carded batts, handpainted wensleydale locks and bluefaced leicester curly fleece. I am very happy with the result. I tend to go for autumn colours when I have the choice, so here it is, my new felt scarf:

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Apart from felting I also handspun a new wensleydale art yarn in autumn colours and natural grey. And for all my quick knitters, felting artists, doll- and dreadmakers a new bulk of my handspun&handpainted “Prisma” slub yarn is now back in stock. The yarns can be found in my etsy store:

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Everyone have a wonderful weekend, Happy Summer Solistice and Happy Fibre Crafting !

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Fresh colours and fibres, and Monster High dolls

I am so waiting for spring to arrive, I am desperate for warm sunshine and blue sky, sick of snow, ice and mud. It may not take long anymore now, the birds are already in spring mode, their chirping contests are absolutely fabulous, I love when they have a party in the forest and in the open fields. During the month of February I have been restocking my handpainted and handspun merino slub yarns, batts and rovings. I have also added new lots of handpainted and commercially dyed merino rovings in gorgeous and vibrant colours, handpainted british bluefaced leicester and wensleydale fleece, plus a new merino lace and a 70-15-15 wool-silk-bamboo yarn that I have called “Thuja” + “Embers”. As always these yarns and fibre babies can be found in my etsy store and ebayUK store.

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In this blog I would also like to introduce Sindy, a dollmaker from Sweden, who works with funky and very beautiful Monster High Dolls. For the dolls hair she often uses my curly wensleydale fleeces, bluefaced leicester fleece, single colour merino and rainbow merino wool rovings to create fantastic hairstyles, here are some of her sweeties:

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She really does a marvelous job on the hair-dos. She also sells these sweet little creatures, and you can follow Sindy through her blog “Das Leben des Menschen”. Feel free to visit her site, she updates it on a regular basis.

The fibers and fleeces are available through my ebayUK store and my etsy store.

Everyone have a very good weekend, and HAPPY FIBRE CRAFTING! :o)

January woollies

After recovering from a bad cold I am starting the new year at a rather slow pace but with some rich colours to brighten up the dull, wet and cold January days. I finished a new 1lb bulk of handspun and handpainted merino slub yarn for my ebayUK store, and there is also a large skein available in my etsy store. The colours are fantastic, I love them!

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I also restocked the handpainted and natural colour wensleydale curly fleeces, and the handpainted Bluefaced Leicester curly fleece bags in my ebayUK store.

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Plus another 2 sets of handpainted multicolour Bluefaced Leicester curly fleece are available through my DaWanda and etsy store :

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More woolly beauties will follow once I have got my proper pace back :o)

Everyone enjoy your fiber projects and keep warm and healthy!

Autumn Colours

The hot months are finally over (ME SO HAPPY) and my favourite season has entered the lands.

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Therefore it only makes sense to paint more of my gorgeous British Bluefaced Leicester fleece in very vibrant autumn colours, they will be so perfect, especially for landscape felting and for extra texture in other needle or wet felting projects. Some of the fleeces are also fine for handspinning straight off the lock, or first carding and then spinning the wool. The suitability will be mentioned in each item description.

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I am currently thinking about another felt doll project made with my BFL curly fleece, I still need a pixie or a hill troll for my exhibition, and those never come with blonde hair now, do they.  These natural landscape colours would do ever so well.

In between I prepared some fibre for a handspun yarn, and for some reason I chose light spring colours….not sure why….there are plenty of fabulous autumn colours stored in my workshop. Can’t remember what crossed my mind that day, but the yarn came out wonderfully, I have called it “Springwalk II”, and it’s currently displayed in my etsy store, along with the new handpainted BFL fleeces:

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Last but not least 2 new merino handpainted lots came into life last week, and we are back to autumn shades :o) The lots were painted in 4’s, so they are also distributed in my ebayUK store, and in my DaWanda store:

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Everyone have a fantastic, colourful and crafty autumn season!!

 

It’s fleece time again :o)

Freshly clipped fleeces have been arriving on a weekly basis since my last blog,  and they all needed washing and sorting, but I am half way through the bulk,  I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel :o) So far I have got gorgeously soft British Bluefaced Leicester, beautiful Bluefaced Leicester/Kerry Hill cross with great sheen, and some very high quality English Leicester curly fleece (1 champion with curls of up to 35cm = 14 inch!!!!!, plus  1 very clean curly fleece beauty from a 2 year old ewe).

Some of the fleece wool I have already handpainted for all who want to use the curls for felting, embellishment, dollshair, and handspinning – they are displayed in my etsy store.  However, not all of these fleeces are suitable for handspinning, the fleece base may be too dense, but I have mentioned that in each item description.  Here are my natural colour and handpainted fleece beauties:

British Bluefaced Leicester:

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Bluefaced Leicester/Kerry Hill X, a super clean fleece wool with great natural sheen:

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English Leicester (aka Leicester Longwool), 2-year ewe fleece + champion fleece:

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And last but not least some more of my German royal baby alpaca handpainted fleece, also available through my etsy store as a mixed bag of 4 colours. The wool is a mere 17 micron,  as soft as a cloud of whipped cream!!

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Freshly clipped British wensleydale fleece should be back in stock around mid/end September.

Not all of my washed undyed fleeces are regularly listed in my online stores, as there is only a limitied quantity available each year, and I keep a waiting list once the raw fleeces have been inspected.  Inquiries are welcome through my website Needlework’s Pleasure.

Everyone have a very fine weekend and HAPPY FIBER CRAFTING :o)

TRIPLE COFFEE YARN

It has taken me forever but I have finally finished my latest handspun lace yarn design,  a 50/50 British bluefaced leicester/silk, that I have called “Triple Coffee”. It has got much more yardage than I estimated earlier, 1133 yards in one skein of 4oz. , and the total working time for this baby was a whopping 26 hours.  I am very pleased with this yarn. :o) The first photo shows the single handspun cobweb thread prior to plying, and the second photo shows the plied thread (it’s a bit blurry, sorry). The wpi measures 25-27.

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“Triple Coffee” is now displayed in my etsy store. I think I will take some time off lace spinning and make a  nice chunky wooly yarn for a change. :o)


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