Saturday, 24 December 2011

seasons greetings...

...many many happy glad tidings this solstice holiday time

may your days be merry and bright


Tuesday, 6 December 2011

new stock...

... to find  at solva woollen  mill
hand spun wool
hand crochet tea cosies

and cafetiere cosies

and corsages

thank you to anna and tom and all at solva woollen mill

its a lovely place to visit
go there if you can

Thursday, 1 December 2011

all roads lead... bethlehem this weekend coming
for the annual christmas fayre

a lovely little village in the brecon beacons
the fayre is housed in the old school
where the post office resides
you can get your christmas cards
stamped 'from bethlehem' here

and proves more popular each year

hope to see there

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

new website...

our lovely new website is now live

great thanks to karla

lots of new products being added all the time
so please check back regularly

do hope you like it
and value your comments

Sunday, 27 November 2011

christmas fayre... the national wool museum wales
this weekend
so good to meet lots of talented crafts people
and customers alike

lovely venue too

hand spun wool corsages

hand spun jacob wool stole

thank you all at the wool museum for such a great day
and well organised fayre


Monday, 7 November 2011

tea cosy...

... a lovely hand crochet tea cosie
made from jacob fleece
hand spun
and in our
shop now

with more to follow soon


Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Fall leaves Fall...

 By Emily Jane Brontë 1818–1848 

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;

Lengthen night and shorten day;

Every leaf speaks bliss to me

Fluttering from the autumn tree.

I shall smile when wreaths of snow

Blossom where the rose should grow;

I shall sing when night’s decay

Ushers in a drearier day.

Source: Poets of the English Language

Monday, 31 October 2011

happy samhain...

...or happy halloween
to you all
a time to take stock of where you are now

and to embrace the start of winter

feast well
love lots
keep warm


Monday, 17 October 2011

peg loom rug...

...i love making peg loom rugs
you can use various wools
this one uses both hand spun yarn
and fleece that is not spun
just washed and carded
they make a very robust yet really soft rug
and can be washed in the machine too

a peg loom is a series of dowel rods sat in evenly spaced holes
on a long straight piece of wood and can be any size

warp thread the peg loom
to the finished length of desired rug

prepare your wool or fleece
you will need at least 2 whole fleeces for a small rug
more if you want to use spun yarn
this picture shows both spun and unspun wool
and the effect each gives

weave your yarn or fleece around each peg
 when you have about 4" on the pegs
 lift each peg in turn and move the wool to the end of the rug
replacing the peg into its housing each time

continue weaving until your desired rug is complete.
tie off the ends securely

and hey presto
a lovely warm handmade rug

and jessy loves it too

woolly miles
the lovely beulah speckled face sheep that donated their fleeces for this rug
graze in the fields that surround our workshop

clean sustainable handmade
all our wool items are made from fleece sourced locally and the production of each item uses little or no machinery and electricity


Tuesday, 11 October 2011

wood chores... autumn is well and truly upon us
up here in the welsh hills
my chores include wood chopping
to keep us warm and toasty at night.

happy full moon


Sunday, 25 September 2011

autumn equinox...

... the balance of life
enjoying the fruits of our labours
harvesting and thanking

a happy time of the year

as i pick blackberry gems from
prickly stems
and eye up sloes to add to gin
this time is special
no expectations
no wonder of weather and bbq's rained off...

i love autumn
cool mornings with bright sunshine
woolly tights and warm jumpers
the hollow sounds of a wood pigeon
and the smell of wood smoke from the chimney
i love it all
free food harvested from the hedgerows
give way to jam chutney and wine

happy happy autumn


Sunday, 18 September 2011

handmade cushion...

...from start to finish
i have completely handmade this sweet cushion
this was the first fleece i was very fortunate enough
to be given
by a kind friend
i sorted and washed it
i carded the fleece
and hand spun the yarn
and crochet into a cushion
i even made cushion pad
i am pleased with my efforts and loved working
with real wool
from a sheep that i see
from my workshop window

woolly miles was almost zero in this case

i have given it to my kind fleece giving friend to say a
big thanks

i love wool spinning
there its official!

see me at the llandovery sheep fair next weekend
where i will be helping my spinning group
raffle the rug that i helped weave

all proceeds to
kidney research


Monday, 12 September 2011

pembrokeshire hols...'s some snaps from our
lovely few days in fabulous
a beautiful part of the world

we packed up our lovely little 1960's
sprite 400ci caravan
and headed for st brides bay
the very same place we honeymooned
2 years ago

jessy taking this relaxing holiday thing to a new level!
the view from our caravan, st brides bay

 jessys 1st ever swim, full marks she was brilliant
with a little encouragement from jack
brrr its cold in there...
i am a sheep dog,
is there a field we can play in
instead of this cold wet stuff...

we all had a great time


Saturday, 10 September 2011

artist in residence...

whilst we were at solva woollen mill
 we were lucky enough to meet a truly talented lady

she was signing her beautiful books that she both writes
and illustrates

an amazing imaginative artist
her books are full of meaning and wonder
and are a delight to read
her illustrations are

we purchased 'the ice bear'
a story of loss and decisions
 but ultimately
have your tissues at the ready!
it is beautiful

it was a pleasure to meet her
a great person with a wonderful spirit and an imagination that holds
no bounds can only wonder of the stories waiting to be told.


solva woollen mill...

...just had to be visited during our holiday 
in lovely pembrokeshire

solva is the oldest working woollen mill in wales
opened in 1907
the water wheel was lovingly restored
by the owners tom and anna grime
and a sweet poem to its sentiment
we received a warm welcome
one that can only come from a family run business

the owners have done alot of work restoring the mill and shop and
added a lovely tea rooms too
beautiful old weaving equipment grace the shop and tea rooms
this is an old jacquard loom
and one can only marvel at its intricacies

old bobbins take on the new role as shop display 
all of which make for an interesting informative visit
and if that wasn't enough
the looms of today can be seen weaving their magic

to produce wonderful rugs for the likes of our very know HRH The Prince of Wales
to name but a few that this unique woollen mill weaves for

we had a great visit and one that i can really recommend
thanks to anna and her team for making us feel most welcome
best wishes for the future

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

new chick...

...on the block
can you see our new addition?

21 days to the day
we have ourselves a newly hatched chick
mum and chick doing really well
it is truly amazing to see how our hen mothers her chick by pure instinct
chick is a delight
hatched by her mum
no interaction from us
except to keep mum fed watered and warm
and here we have a little new life
this will be henrietta
to replace our lovely hen we sadly lost to the fox
if she is a he, its henry of course!
looks like he is thinking of making a break for it already!

baby chick is sooo cool
love love love