First summer clip

I finally received my first bulk of this year´s freshly clipped Bluefaced Leicester fleeces and have been digging my hands into them to get 50lbs of raw curly wool handwashed and sorted as quickly as possible, so I will be able to smoothly move onto the new bulk of fresh wensleydale raw fleeces I am expecting in August. I am also hoping to get some premium English Leicester curly fleece, yummy stuff!  Summer time is always a very busy time for me, I never stop washing, sorting and painting fleeces. I will have to raise my fleece prices this year, I´m afraid. The BFL fleeces are now on the same price level as wensleydale fleece at the global wool auction. Its wool price has risen an absolutely incredible 700% since 2007.

Here are some photos of the first new handpainted BFL fleeces, and some more Merino and Polwarth hand painted wool rovings/combed tops that I have distributed in my etsy store, ebayUK store, and my DaWanda store :

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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 ! 

Fresh colours and fiber beauties

Time flies, and I am painting, spinning and carding 24/7, I´m having a great time now that the weather is absolutely perfect for processing my fibers. I wish spring would last all year! :o)

4 new colourways of super soft merino/silk (mulesing free) and pure merino wool roving (mulesing free) came off the drying board today and are now listed in my etsy store,  2 new batches of wensleydale locks have made their way into my ebayUK store, and several lots of handpainted single Leicester curls are displayed in my DaWanda store. Have a look at my new fiber babies:

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New curly spring shades

2 new batches (approx. 1lb) of handpainted curly british bluefaced leicester fleece have come off the drying board. Beautiful pinks and purples and orange shades, really gorgeous, have a look:

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Jungle yarn and pink with aubergine

3 new colourways of merino wool roving are now in stock, commercially dyed with eco friendly dyes and beautifully soft (21/2 micron). I have made a batch of slub yarn from these lots, both now displayed on ebayUK, and also in my etsy store.$_74$_70$_76 $_10 $_13I also painted some more of my soft Icelandic wool in vibrant autumn colours and handspun a new very soft spanish merino slub yarn in a natural dark mocha brown, a real natural beauty, and ever so fluffy!

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Happy Easter!

Before I take off for the Easter holidays with my family and pets I would like to introduce my new addition of spinning/felting fibres: A very lovely quality German merino wool and a surprisingly soft Icelandic wool that I will be stocking from now on.

 

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I also painted some more super soft 50/50 merino-silk fibre, a gorgeously soft baby alpaca wool, and some more of my extra fine merino wool. Feel free to visit my etsy store and my ebayUK store for more fibre information.

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Happy Easter everyone and Happy Egg Hunt!

 

 

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)

Savannah and new purples

We have had a good amount of snow and ice so far. At one point the roads were completely blocked, and I had to take my heavy postage sack and dig my way through the snow to our little post office in the next village, meaning a 1 hour walk (one way, mind you) through the forest with up to 40cm of fresh snow on the tracks…..don´t ask, I didn´t really need that extra exercise but at least all orders were dispatched on time. This is very important to me. When I personally order something through the internet I sort of want it to arrive “on the same day” because I am simply very excited. So I certainly understand when my customers want to receive their woolly goodies as fast as possible too. Luckily our roads are not blocked with snow that often during the wniter, it´s rather an exception.

Apart from restocking my standard handcarded batts and handpainted fibres I finished a new 1 lb batch of my yummy handspun and handpainted merino slub yarn in very earthy  colours, I have called it “Savannah”. It is now displayed in my ebayUK store, and one 3.6oz skein is also displayed in my DaWanda store. Also, 3 new sets of super soft (21 micron) and ultra soft (18 micron) merino/silk handcarded batts are now available through my etsy store:

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Everyone, keep warm and healthy, and HAPPY FIBRE CRAFTING . :o)

Advent and the woolly season

I would like to wish everyone a very happy 1st Advent! I understand that not every country celebrates the 4 Advent Sundays towards Christmas, though I am sure that a lot of people are doing their best to actually slow down one gear and to take their time contemplating just a little during this time of the year. I am not a very religious person but the Advent time is special and very dear to me, it calms me down in all the hectic and fast pace global life all around and reminds me over and over that there are indeed more important things in this world to treasure and preserve than to keep chasing after material things, working 24/7 and well towards a solid heart attack, or to spend too little time with the family, am I right, or am I right? :o) The slowing down part does not always work of course, we all have a life to lead and money to earn to bring food on the table. Still, I believe it is worth trying to slow down just a bit in between.

This year’s Advent wreath comes with candles in burnt orange, just to change colours every now and then. I usually have the traditional dark red candles but I somehow felt like burnt orange this year.

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My little sister gave me a very pretty Advent calender – it is filled with little chocolates, and every day in December you are allowed to open one door and take out the cholcolate, until December 24th, when we celebrate Christmas in Germany. I loooove chocolate, and I eat way too much of it!! Well, as long as my pants still fit me I should be okay…

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Even our little house gnome Gilbert has got his very own candle. This one is lit all day when we are at home. Gilbert guards it very well…with some distance though….mind you he’s made of pure wool felt, I would hate to see his beard or his pointy hat go up in flames. :o)

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In case I don’t get to write a December blog, everyone have a truly happy and peaceful Christmas season, and keep enjoying your woolly fiber projects! XXX

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!!