Wednesday, 8 January 2014

A new year ahead.

Looking Forward.

After a Christmas break that I would rather forget I am starting to look forward.

This year we will again be having fun with our stall at   The Wool Experience

Last year we had a great time chatting again to some old friends and making new ones.
Blaze Farm
A new spindler!

Last year we also attended  The Bakewell Wool Gathering  and were supported by a multi-tasking spinner who can spin and eat crisps at the same time!
Plenty of Gorfhooks for sale.

Multi talented Zoe

Friday, 10 May 2013

Dyeing workshop for Groundwork Nottingham.

I know I've done workshops in a variety of venues but this is my latest!

In April, I did 2 dyeing workshops for Groundwork Nottingham at the Windmill Community gardens.
It was challenging having no electricity and running water so as it was a Natural Dyeing workshop we went 'au naturel' in the polytunnel.

It was great fun and we even fitted in some spindling and pegloom weaving.  It did turn into a bit of a steam bath, as the weather was glorious outside, but at least I got a good facial!

The Windmill Community Garden is a great place to visit with lots of hands on activities. They had discovered Weld growing on their patch, so that's what we worked with.  We used some blue dye to represent Woad and made our own varigated Lincoln green skeins.

Wearing my favourite apron of course.

Friday, 15 February 2013

It's been a while.

Well, it has been a while and we have been 'up' to things!

After enjoying ourselves at Glastonbury we came home and prepared for BOB, the undercover craft festival. We had a busy 2 days and saw lots of friends. We also made some new friends. And we are now preparing to attend the newly evolved Bakewell Wool Gathering in October at the same venue. Bakewell Wool Gathering event Hope we get a spot under the heaters this time, or a lovely sunny October(pretty please).

Our little Etsy shop is ticking along and making us more friends so I'm a very happy bod at the moment..lots of friends.

Anyway, I made himself a very happy bod by taking him out the other a sawmill:)

So now he's planning on making more of these..

Who says romance is dead.. Happy Valentines..

Monday, 15 October 2012


A festival!!
Glastonbury Wool Festival  :)

The Alpacas on the way up!
We (I) had a great time. Enjoyed the stalls in the Town hall. Walked up the Tor for a fantastic all round view. Even thought the Alpacas not wanting to join in was funny. But my favourite bit was our campsite at the end of long, hot, sunny, fibre filled days.

Rob in a Harrier jump jet on site.
Great view of Tor in the distance.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Out and about

Blaze Farm by SuejayR

We had another great time at The Wool Experience, at Blaze farm.
This year the weather was kind and gave me a great excuse to have two scoops of their delicious ice-cream. I'm slowly working my way through their flavours which will take some time, as they introduce new flavours problem!

This year we had more items for sale on our stall as Rob has been developing his interest in spindles and has produced some Navajo spindles that come with their own stand.  Really useful for when you need to store them somewhere. He's also been playing with buttons...a lot!  I've been dyeing some of them to match the fibre in the Knit a felted bag kits that I have developed. We're hoping to put some of these items for sale in our Etsy shop, but just need to find something to pack Navajo spindles in first!

I enjoyed showing a few more folks how to spindle and some trainer kits and spindles were sold, so there are more new spinners out there. I also noticed a bit of spindling going on by himself.  It's a favourite event of ours.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

amonster speaks

Our eldest recently left home to really start his own life, new job, new house and new location. However it wasn’t so much losing a son as gaining room(s) for all of Sue’s collection of spindles, wheels and looms, not to mention the stash, or hoard as it’s become. Do I mean hoard? Going back to Viking times they were a weird mass of hairy objects taking over parts of the country…. Yes Hoard is about right!!

But can I really complain? Since turning a couple of cricket stumps into a pair of extreme knitting needles for Sue a couple of years ago, I’ve become hooked on making things from wood. Various tools have followed together with a bit of a wood collection that is taking over the garage. Whenever we go walking, I keep my eye out for a good stick to throw ‘for the dog’.  One of these days we may actually get a dog, but for now the stick becomes part of my ‘hoard’.

I’m impressed by all the wonderful clever designs I see around for spindles and the real artisans who make them. But for me it’s about what the wood wants to ‘give up’. I’ve often said I make sawdust and things fall out, and in many ways that’s how I feel. I want to make things that people like, enjoy holding and playing with and if it also does a functional job, so much the better. So if you buy a spindle, or any other turned wood related product from us, whilst there may be similar ones around, no one will ever have the same, as I’m not that clever and trees just don’t grow like that.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Stash or hoard?

It has come to it at last. I will have to admit that I no longer have a stash...but a 'hoard'!. And I'm only talking about the fleeces.
So...the solution is to buy a shed and admit that Rob needs all the 'workshop' space.
Now, the next problem is   'Does size matter?' Does the hoard need all the space, or can I fit in there as well?