Thursday, 24 April 2014

Working on some new ingredients for my packs......


Over the last few weeks I have been working on some new
ideas to include in my creativity and felting packs.

hand dyed pre felt fringing with my hand dyed locks


Hand made pre felt combining hand dyed wool 
fibres with silk...this is really lovely.


the blue piece is roving felted with several silk hankies.


Hand made pre felt from hand dyed fibres made into a batt.
This has a base of wonderful fawn suri alpaca.


There are more new things to come!
Vicky, Rita and I are having such fun.....


Sunday, 20 April 2014

Some holiday pics.....Oban was just lovely!


We had a great break at Melfort Village.


Outside our lovely cottage - Quarry Cottage - just everything we needed,


Stunning views


Found some great shells here......


Exploring!


Digging!


Walking....Hope went on loads of walks exploring the hills
around melfort.


Kite flying......


Easter Egg hunt.


Just perfect! Feeling very excited about being home 
and loads of new ideas in my head......

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Starting to get organized for our holiday.


We are all very excited to be heading off to
in Oban on Saturday for a much needed family break.

We have never stayed here before but it looks lovely and
the kids are really excited as there is a small
swimming pool onsite and some other activities.


Will put shops on holiday mode
 and send paid orders out Saturday morning 
before we head off.



Sunday, 6 April 2014

Silk noils and degummed cocoons


Lovely fluffy silk de-gummed cocoons

Some last minute dying on Thursday.
The kids are now off for two weeks for Easter Holidays
so I won't have the usual time to dye. 

Great textural silk noils.......


Saturday, 5 April 2014

Woolfest 2014....10 year celebration!

We are thrilled to have been accepted to show at 
It's their 10th Anniversary show this year.


I have been sorting our advert for this years programme.
We head off on holiday next weekend so trying to get a bit organized.

is the 27th and 28th June at Cockermouth in Cumbria
and with less than 12 weeks to go we are starting to make up all the 
display elements for our stand and of course new ideas for
packs to sell.......

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Happy Birthday Vicky.....One in a minion!


It's minion Vicky's birthday today......
Big Birthday hugs as she is at her other job(teaching)
today so we celebrated yesterday.

This is the necklace I made her and we had cake!
I would be lost without the minions (Vicky and Rita)
We have such fun picking and packing orders
and all the creative parts in between!


Sunday, 30 March 2014

Busy, busy week..........bfl locks


I have been absent from blogland this week as 
I have been making the most of a reasonably dry week in largs.


It takes me pretty much a whole week to clean, dye and 
seperate locks and then dry a complete fleece.


This was my last Bluefaced leicester fleece before
this years clip. 

Hopefully they will start making their way into shop on Tuesday.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Silk dupion and Thai silk ribbons....oh so lovely!


Over the weekend I have been fraying the beautiful 
Dupion and Thai single ply slub silk
that I dyed on Friday......truly yummy!

This is the first time I have worked with the Thai silk
and it has the most wonderful handle and takes colour brilliantly!


Friday, 21 March 2014

More felt pebbles.....


Yep more felt pebbles indeed.
I don't think you can have too many!


Thursday, 20 March 2014

Felt pebbles


Yesterday Vicky and I
made some felt pebbles.

The grey is a mix of grey merino,gotland and silk.
The natural is teeswater x, silk, bamboo and bfl.


Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Dying new fabrics.....


Today I had a go at dying some different fabrics....
Hessian


knitted cotton jersey 


cotton muslin

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Finally sorted all the sari ribbon


After the sari ribbon has dried....takes a while at the mo.
I sort into packs


short lengths


and super silk threads from fraying......great for texture in
felt making or spinning.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Yipeee...outdoor drying day!


So pleased to get a decent "drying outside" day.


The sun had gone in by the time I remembered to take pictures.
But it was a lovely sunny day in Largs today.


Thursday, 6 March 2014

World book day.....fraggle, horrible histories and Obelisk


World book day at school.

Go dressed as a favourite character.
Jacob - Fraggle Rock....Wembley
Hope - Horrible histories ......Egyptian fashionista
Caleb - Asterix......Obelisk

Such fun! And you take in a book to donate to 
the children of Mankunkha in Malawi.
Organized in partnership with Largs Rotary.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

More Vintage/soft shades silk


Silk caps and silk laps (below)
were todays jobs.


Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Dying silk filature....soft and vintage


A customer request for pale vintage colours was today's dying job.


Sunday, 2 March 2014

hand dyed and hand spun yarns


Hand dyed by me
 and Hand spun by Rita
yarn and thread packs
naturals and brights.