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 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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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!

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)

Fibers everywhere, and Christmas shopping

There was absolutely no time left to add anything to my blog last month, I’m afraid. It’s been washing, sorting, carding, painting, spinning and packing fibres 24/7.  I also received my last 45 pound bulk order of white raw wensleydale fleeces for this year, and I really want to get it washed and sorted by the end of the year.

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I have already started soaking some of the fleece, and 2 lots are currently sitting in their dye bath, so there will be more of my autumn gold-ocre lot coming back soon to my ebayUK store, and also another dark brown-black-reddish brown lot.

This week I will be finishing another custom order of 4 skeins of handspun and handpainted wensleydale curly yarn, my “Curly Tales”, that will be used by a lovely lady in the US for dollshair. I still need to spin a chocolate-taupe lot of shearling fleece,  3 skeins are already finished:

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And of course I have been doing some Christmas shopping. Within my family we draw lots, so each person gets to buy something lovely for another family member. That way we save ourselves the frenzy of hustling around trying to find a nice gift for so many individuals. It also spares your wallet. :o) My lovely neighbours will be getting handknit socks (they don’t read my blog so I can reveal their gifts already), andsome of  my new soaps “Ginger&Sandalwood” and “English Rose”, readily cured to go online in my DaWanda store in about 1 week.

I usually either create something myself for Christmas from my yarns, soaps or fibres, or I browse around on the online craft markets such as Etsy and DaWanda because there is nothing better to give away as a present than a handmade gift. While I was looking at various categories on etsy, looking for something in rainbow colours, I came across these 2 beauties below, and decided to purchase them for my sisters, outside of the Christmas draw agreement,  so not just their kids will be getting something lovely for Santa day (that’s on December 6th here in Germany) but they will too, for all their hard work and daily efforts,  juggling what is thrown at them household/kids and job wise. :o)

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Aren’t these 2 tea/kitchen towels just beautifully handwoven? I got them from Melissa on etsy – Melissa if you read this, I had to use the original photos of your listing because I so fast packed up these 2 babies into giftwraps that I totally forgot to take some photos! I am so much in the packing mode, I can’t seem to think straight anymore. :o) I really love these 2 towels, and so will my sisters.  The Christmas present for the person I drew I can’t display yet, I’m not sure if any of my family members will be reading my blog, and I will not give away the person I drew!

 

Last but not least I have added 2 new beautiful garments to my online exhibition on my website one absolutely beautifully handwoven scarf, and one pair of crazy multicolour Skew socks.  :o)

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Feel free to visit my online exhibition for more information on the yarns and of course the crafty people behind these beauties!

Everyone have a very peaceful and merry Christmas Season.

 

Autumn greetings

Autumn is my favourite season. Perfectly cool and windy weather, some warm sunshine in between, and tons and tons of vibrant colours coming from mother nature, beautiful!

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My little squirrel watcher. Being a Terrier Mix I doubt that she would remain watching if that prey only hopped down off the tree for a minute…this little lady is a very, very fast dog, you wouldn’t believe it. Luckily the squirrels are very smart too.

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Kitty and I have already prepared for the less beautiful days when it’ll be very wet and cold. Because my little Spanish dog has hardly got any undercoat she will be getting Sam’s bespoke woolly sweater that I made for him last year with my handspun Bluefaced Leicester wool. This will keep her warm and snug:

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the sweater covers the entire back and half of her belly (well, it was made for a male dog), that’ll do for the really cold and wet weather walks. ;o)

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I finished another custom order of 4x100g of my deluxe 50/50 camel down/silk lace yarn that I painted in a beautiful dark red with sections of dark autumn orange (which doesn’t show well in the photo), plus 2 skeins of my “Sunflower” camel/silk lace + 1 skein of my “Scarlet” camel/silk lace. The yarns have already gone to their new home in Finland, where they will be turned into a handwoven 3m long baby wrap. I would so love to see the finished wrap!!!

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More Wensleydale 2nds fleece mixed bags will be displayed in my ebayUK store soon, and a new set of drum careded merino-silk batts in autumn shades have made it into my etsy store.

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Everyone have a very colourful and creative autumn season!!

Fleeces and yarns

I have been quite tied up with washing the new bulk of Bluefaced Leicester and Wensleydale fleeces, they always keep me busy in autumn, and yes my back is hurting like crazy from carrying around these heavy buckets. Still, this year’s lots are very beautiful, especially the shearling fleeces – silky clean locks and so soft, so worth a backpain!  I have already painted some of them.

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Also 2 custom orders have made it off the spinning wheel and out of the dyepot. One was for 200g of handpainted pencil yarn in my “Prisma” colourway and has already gone to its new home in the UK:

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Another one was for 1lb of  handspun super fat polar size = finger thick (approx. needle size 15-20mm for a dense knit) merino slub yarn in mocha and aubergine purple, which has gone to a very lovely lady here in Germany. She plans to crochet or knit a very warm hat with it, well, I believe she will be able to knit 2 hats from that quantity. :o)

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I took some time off fleece washing and painted 2 new batches of my ultra soft deluxe 50/50 camel down/mulberry silk yarns, one in vibrant scarlet-deep pink and another one in very vibrant grape purple. They are now displayed in my etsy store.  My handpainted slub yarns and drum carded batts are constantly being restocked. Yep, I am never bored. ;o)

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Time for curly art

4 handspun and handpainted wensleydale curly art yarns have come off the drying board and are now displayed in my etsy store. They are corespun except for the fourth skein in vibrant indigo blue, which was tailspun. The colours are so vibrant, I love them! Here they are:

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Plus I have painted a new set of royal baby alpaca fleece wool in earthy shades that are now available in packs of 4 colours. The fibre is as soft as pure cashmere, 17 micron, a very high quality fleece that comes from a German pet alpaca. You can find the mix in my ebayUK store and in my etsy store.

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Okay, back to the spinning wheel, where I am currently finishing a new skein of my beautiful “An Elf’s Dance” camel down/silk lace yarn. :o)

Sky blues and purple delights

A new handpainted lace yarn design has come to life in absolutely gorgeous vibrant purple shades called “Octavia”.  It will create variegated colourways. Apart from that I felt like painting strong sky blue and indigo shades into my super soft 50/50 merino/silk roving, and yes, I couldn’t help but paint more of my favourite magenta/grape purple cashmere blend roving, a fibre I could just cover myself up with and fall asleep…  The yarn and the rovings are already displayed in my etsy store.

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2 sets of handpainted very beautiful and very curly wensleydale curly fleece have made it into my DaWanda store:

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Don’t get me wrong, I am certainly not longing for autumn…just yet…but I love the rusty browns and burnt oranges in my curly fleeces. :o)

And last but not least a summer mix of 10 vibrant colourways of my space dyed wool slivers are also listed in my etsy store:

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I think I have picked a good combination of colours. It’s a large mixed bag of 210g (7.4oz).

 

Everyone have a fantastic summer time and HAPPY FIBRE CRAFTING!!