Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Oh so soft.....

The Oh so soft Angora and alpaca batts
have now been felted........yum felt.

And become the base of some new

Along with 
Hand dyed bluefaced leicester yarn
hand spun yarn by Rita
Wensleydale grey and white locks
hairy Alpaca pre-felt
felt pebbles.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Preparing luxury alpaca/angora batts for felting....

I've been desperate to make some felt with angora since I
managed to get some at Woolfest,
and now have found the lovely Bigwigs angora
who are supplying me for the great British range.

These batts have hand dyed suri alpaca, alpaca noil
natural angora(rabbit), Merino x shetland,
alpaca and mohair. (all grown in the U.K.)

Can't wait to get felting!

Saturday, 24 August 2013

New British Needle Felting packs....

The last few days I have been working on dying things
for the British Fluff packs.
This one is a needle felting pack.

It has very hairy alpaca pre-felt
hand dyed bluefaced Leicester yarn
Lovely hand spun by Rita
Teeswater x Hebridean white locks
hand dyed bfl locks
and some of the fun bfl pebbles

Tied together with our British fluff tag
and a hand dyed heart felt button using bfl yarn.
Pop over to see lots more colours in the shop.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Cotton Scrim...drying on the line

Having a wee change today as I have some dying request.

The first is cotton scrim...great for creative embroidery
and nuno felting.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

New Luxury British grown felting packs....Can't get enough of this British Fluff

Very excited about our new range of fibre packs.

"I can't get enough of this British fluff"

Luxury fibres grown in the U.K....
not necessarily native British
but nurtured British.

Alpaca, Angora bunny, Merino x Shetland,
Shetland, Bfl, Wensleydale all appear in the first packs.
Along with Rita's hands pun yarn using the same natural fibres.

Tied with Blue faced Leicester yarn and a felt heart button.
Also our Union Flag tag that I was working on a few weeks ago.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Chiffon Sari ribbons and packs....

Today I have been making up packs of silk chiffon
hand dyed recycled sari ribbons.

Also silk ribbon and thread packs.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Mixing Dye's.....

Today's job is mixing up dyes!
Trying to be good and remember the apron and rubber gloves!

I can't believe how long it's taken me today.
Have been an organized girl and labelled all my dye bottles
feeling quite pleased with myself.

Back to school

Sorry about terrible photo's but yes
It's back to school in Largs!

They don't look too distraught either.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Playing...... I just love it!

Wensleydale pebbles.

I set myself the challenge of creating my own nepps.
For those none the wiser....
Nepps are tiny bits of compacted/felted wool 
that add great texture
to yarns and  felt.

In my experimentation I have come up so far with pebbles
which I just love to bits!

Bfl pebbles.....great to dye....I'm thinking jewellery?

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Out with the kids and a wee sneak peek....

Today we took the kids to the

They had a great time....

We certainly didn't have to pack our bags.
It's just on our doorstep in Irvine.

Ooooo and a wee sneak peek....
We are planning some new fluffy packs.

Can you guess what they have in common?

Friday, 9 August 2013

Preparing new lock packs for the shop

Since I came back from my holiday I have spent most evenings 
locking takes soooooo long!

But at last ready to start making up new packs for the shop.
Must admit seeing all the locks together is 
pretty wonderful.

These packs are using Wensleydale, bfl
and the lovely Teeswater/ Hebridean X
that I bought at woolfest.

I am working on some really exciting new felting packs as well....
can't wait to share!

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Preparing a felting this is fun!

Main ingredient beautiful merino x fleece
bought at Woolfest this year.

The same merino scoured (cleaned and degreased)
 and dyed, I use acid dyes which are rinsed in metipex
to remove excess dye and then rinsed in conditioner.

My carding space in the studio.
I use an Ashford wild carder 
( I bought mine from Wingham Wool works)
You can of course use hand carders .

I card the merino x once to produce a rough batt.
( It can be seen to left of carder)
Then I chose my additions

This one has dyed tussah silk tops, bamboo,
silk noil and felt snipps.

Felt snips are pieces of my hand dyed merino pre-felt
that I sort into colour collections and snip into little bits.

I combine the additions in layers between 
my hand dyed Merino.

So the second carding look like the above.
Apologies for photo my camera doesn't like being inside.

Then I split it into sections and card it for the third time.
I like to keep it to 3 times so it retains as much texture as possible.

Similar felting bats can be made using my felting packs

Drying on the line

Soft pink and reds 
silk hankies drying on the line
for a lady that makes silk flower pictures....

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Mr Dye pot and I are firm friends again!

I have been very busy preparing an order for a
silk paper making workshop this week.
What a joy! Just wish I could go to the workshop...what fun!

Not great photo's as weather is rubbish!
Silk hankies........

Teeswater x fleece

Bluefaced Leicester fleece .......really lovely little curls.