Monday, 26 December 2016

Friday, 23 December 2016

Monday, 4 July 2016


By nature...

Had a super weekend at The Big Day Out, which is Humble by Natures 2nd year of festival fun....a festival on a farm that is small enough to be personal yet big enough to loose yourself for a while in all the activities and workshops, music, cookery and so much more, without bumping into everyone else there.
Super grounds for camping, facilities second to none, very, very well organised.

I held weaving workshops all weekend, peg loom weaving with Welsh wool making seat mats and hand held loom weaving to create wall hangings.
Everyone that took part created something unique and wonderful.

Great fun and learning had by all.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Hammock fun...

...lovely way to enjoy one of my rugs.
I was asked to make this peg loom rug by a customer for this very purpose.
Think it looks great and I know from experience that it will be very hard to leave the super cosy comfort of pure Welsh wool.
Happy hammock lounging

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Busy bee...

...getting stock ready for Wonderwool Wales. A fabulous event of all things wool related at the end of April at Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, mid Wales.

I always think I have planned well ahead, am on track with making stock, dyeing wool, hand spinning yarn, weaving rugs and carding fleece ready for kits....and then it's April and I feel a lump in my gut as I try hard not to PANIC as time ticks on by, far to quickly!.....

I can only do what I can do I have consoled myself....nothing I sell is bought in, nothing commercial, just me, a tin bath for washing fleeces, spinning wheel to spin yarn, drum carder for combing wool and a simple loom for weaving. All dyeing is done on the Rayburn in small batches and plant stuff harvested by hand seasonally. It's the way I like to be, perhaps not the greatest business model, but I can't produce my products any other way. I have a passion to keep things as natural and honest as possible.

....soooo here I am running about the place, washing fleeces, and packing up beautiful, natural coloured wool....loving it....but needing a bit more time.....

What will be will be......

Washed some lovely old hessian sacks today ready to be filled with carded wool for loom kits....

Am a slightly anxious way...not stressed as such, not yet!

Sunday, 20 March 2016

More plant dyeing...

...with last years blackberries

I had squirrelled away some blackberries in the bottom of the freezer last Autumn and felt the need for a new colour to add to my collection of plant dyed wool.

I was happily surprised with the super lilac the dye pot gave and am embarking on another round tonight with the exhaust.

A lovely gift from last years harvest.


Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Wool washing...

..In the spring sunshine.

Always good to take advantage of any sun that happens to come my way here on a hill in south west Wales.
This winter has been wet, wet, wet, not at all good for washing and drying fleeces, but here is the sun, apparently with us for at least a week, so I am happily doing all the prep that my hand spinning and weaving yarn requires before it gets anywhere near a wheel or loom.
I wash my fleeces in a tin bath using collected rain water and let it sit and soak for a good few hours before rinsing a few times and then pick over the wool for vegetation!
It is then set out to dry in the sun on wooden racks that my hubby has made for me. They work really well.
My chief 'egg'pert hen keeps a check on my progress whilst the others sunbathe or follow me around hoping for treats, they are very funny little hens...
Happy days

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Plant dyeing...

...kind of a day

Red onion skins, last years Rosebay Willowherb make super colours, yellow, green, grey/mauve.

Results to follow when the dye pots are cold. X

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Crochet heart...

...just right for Valentines....

...and at my crochet workshop yesterday, hearts, groovy mittens and more...