Sunday, 23 August 2009

Spinning Around

Samples for the new boxes/bags have been sent and received :) Here are examples of the kind of batts I used to make my samples, although sadly I didn't take photos of the actual samples themselves. Must remember to do that next time :)

Shop Update

There isn't much in my etsy shop at the moment but I will be restocking once the kids go back to school so I'll be ready for the new boxes/bags going out after the 14th September '09. Commission orders are always welcome, examples of some I've done recently are available over on Flickr :)

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

The Thylacine - September samples and Fibrefest

This round my samples are grey merino.

I packed up my samples quite quickly one evening last week so I didn't get a chance to take photos. However I've got some photos of previous batches in full braid form.

Lake St Clair

Zig Zag Track

Kinvarra Estate

If you happen to be attending Fibrefest in Devon this coming weekend, do come over and see me at stall S11. I'll have loads of fibre including some interesting blends, and a bit of yarn too.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

BFL & Silk

I decided to send in a bit of luxury this time, Bluefaced Leicester and Silk.  I hand painted three different colourways, I did intend forit all to be the 'Black Pearl' colourway but I didn't have enough of the dyes needed to produce it so 'Mauve Pearl' and 'Blue Pearl' came along too!

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Black cat Fibres contributions for the September Fibre Box

I presume Its o.k to put my photos up.
here are my samples for the spetember Fibreholics box.;
They are, peach-Falkland fibre, Blue/lime/turquiose- BFL Fibre,
BFL Sock Yarn in my Summer berries colourway and Merino Tencel Sock Yarn in Hope colourway.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

September samples from Sheepshape Spinning

September's Sheepshape Spinning samples (say that three times fast!) are all made of Bluefaced Leicester spinning fibre. Most of it is blue and white, with five of the "Peaches" colourway mentioned a few days ago and four lovely blue and red samples - it was very difficult breaking that one up for samples! If I have time before next weekend, when my dyeing equipment goes on its little trip, I may have to do another in that colourway for myself...

We'd love to get some feedback from our blog readers. Have you bought a Fibreholics box? If so, what did you think of it? If not, how can we tempt you into getting one? The purpose of the box is to get products from British independent artists into the hands of the public. We're always interested in better ways to do that!

Thursday, 6 August 2009

A washing line full!

I have had a lovely day today and can look out of the kitchen window and view a line full of newly dyed stuff - I am ahead of myself as I have already dyed, dried and packed my samples up and am eagerly waiting for the samples to come from everyone else. I will attempt to post some pictures later on.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Peaches anyone?

The next round of Fibreholics boxes will be released on September 1st. All the contributors are busily making up their samples!

The contribution from Sheepshape Spinning will be all fibre this time. It's mostly Bluefaced Leicester, which is a lovely smooth fibre for spinning. Here's the fibre that I dyed today - click on the photo for a larger version. It spent a long time drying in the garden, thanks to the clouds today.

I dyed this fibre with orange acid dye but it came out a lot lighter than I had planned! I like the final shade though; it reminds me of ripe peaches. There will be four or five of these in the September fibre boxes. I'll also be sending in some blue/red BFL, some blue/white BFL and a couple of red/blue oatmeal shetland samples, if I remember correctly.

In the next few weeks you may see some changes to the blog and the box sale website. We're working behind the scenes to make things easier and more informative to you! Please feel free to make suggestions about what you'd like to see.