Monthly Archives: September 2012

NEW STOCK JUST IN …..

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Well despite all the changes of plans (see previous blogs) – THIS blog is to let you know about the new stock you will find on my ebay page – just click 85solway and also in my etsy shop julzcraftsupplies.

And WELCOME to the new members I have invited to join JULZ SPINNING & WEAVING CLUB by email.

For weavers, I have got some more of the ever popular standard cotton warping yarn  – hmm – the first problem – these pictures horizontal, and I’ve no idea why!  I’m still new to this blog site!

 and some good linen yarn which comes in white, black, grey marble, blue marble & brick red colours……there are other colours available in the range, and if you make a request I will add them in to the next order.

For spinners, felters and papermakers, I have got in some new packs of silk & merino fibreswhich seem to be happy enuf to be vertical!

There are various colour ranges of each of these packs, which sell for £4.99 each – and you will find the variations on the single listings. They are really nicely packaged and would make great gifts for Xmas – if they sell well, I’ll order more in – there are other colourways, but I didn’t want to go overboard, before I knew whether they’d sell – so there are only 3 packs of each colour at the moment.

Both the standard carders and the mini carders are available, and can be restocked quite quickly if I run out of them.

For knitters and rug makers – I have got a small stock of pure Berber Wool – and will be listing it soon – just haven’t got around to photographing it yet!  I have had some work done in the house, and haven’t been able to use my ‘photography suite’ (a table in the study, blocked by boxes) – smile.  Will do it asap – but thought I’d put this blog up now, rather than wait until I’d done it!

For other crafters – I still have loads of stuffing materials and pre-felt and wadding.  Unfortunately, the cheap white shetland wool that has been very popular is now out of stock, (well I have about 200 gm of it left, but its not listed – if you want it please contact me direct) but I have replaced it with some brown shetland wool of the same quality.  The mohair fibre will also not be replaced as it was a special from the wholesaler – so if you want it, buy it now, as there is not a lot of it left!

You may notice that I am experimenting with new areas of craft supplies and also have stained glass grinders, and some sheet glass (I dabble in stained glass myself and wanted the equipment, so I bought some extra to sell) – soap making moulds and a great stainless steel soap cutter, (I also sell some natural soaps and shampoos),  baking and chocolate silicone moulds and artists supplies – some of which are on ebay and some on etsy.  (You don’t have to register on either site to view my listings.)

The SPECIAL OFFER – FREE POSTAGE on the Kromski 24″ Loom with Carrying Bag is still on – please go to the last blog to see details – to qualify for the free postage, you need to contact me direct, and NOT buy it on either site!  ie: I can offer you this price, because I will not be paying selling fees.  Feel free to try me on other items as well!

Oh yes, I was about to restock with the LANDSCAPE DYES (info on etsy only at the moment) but my supplier is waiting for new stock to come in – do let me know if there are any particular colours you want me to order for you!

To add yourself to the mailing list and become a member of Julz Spinning & Weaving Club (if you have found this blog by chance) – please contact me at julz@julzweaving.plus.com.

That’s all for the moment, please feel free to leave a comment, tweet this blog, get in touch etc

thanks

NB:  If you like the mini cards or business cards I attach to your receipts, see the advert below – If you happen to catch this blog before midnight on Sunday 23 September there is a discount of 25% off all orders.  Please take your time over the design of your cards, or whatever you choose, I find the site rather confusing and complicated – but the print quality is excellent – and yes, I do get commission!


yet another change of plan……

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In the last newsletter/blog I was getting organised for my knee replacement op – I didn’t want to disappoint my customers by not being able to supply you for a couple of weeks whilst I was in hospital, and post op, when I wouldn’t be able to get around properly …….. and then I get notification of a change of date!

Currently, (and I now can only say this is the latest news, and it may change once again,) the op is now scheduled for 19 October, a month later than expected……I do love and appreciate the NHS, and hate the threats its under courtesy of our current government, but just at the moment, it’s making it rather difficult to plan ……..

However, unless you see a notice on my listings that I am away and will not be able to post orders for a while – its BUSINESS AS USUAL!

If you read the last post, you will know that I was about to put in a new order to Kromski in Poland for more stock, but as their delivery times are erratic, I thought it best to wait until after the op, and that still applies – however, I would still like to know what items you would like me to add to the order when it finally goes in……..so please get in touch if you know you want a specific loom, spinning wheel or anything else.  You can get info from the kromski website here.

In the meantime, I still have a number of the 24″ rigid heddle looms in stock and these are currently being advertised on ebay, with the carrying bag,  for  £159 + £13 postage – The loom is pictured in the last blog and to see the full details, please click here

CLUB members – or anyone who reads this blog – may buy the loom & bag direct from me POST FREE (UK BUYERS ONLY)

To buy direct, please email me at julz@julzweaving.plus.com with your order – don’t forget to give me your name & address & paypal email address –  and I will send you a paypal invoice, and promise to send you your loom within a day or two of receipt of payment.

If you want to pay by cheque, I will have to wait until the cheque clears – please just contact me to make the arrangements.

I will have a think about other special CLUB OFFERS to post – in time for pre Christmas buying…..and please let me know if there are any other items you would like to see on my etsy shop – etsy.com/shop/julzcraftsupplies.

I have set up a new page as a CLUB NOTICEBOARD.  One or two members have said they’d like to use this service, to ask for help and advice as well as selling fleeces, advertising events etc, but have not yet got back to me with full details…….you’re all welcome to use this service – as my customers are not only in the UK, but worldwide – notices can be  international.

PS – If you liked the look of the mini cards I attach to your receipts and would like to get some of your own business cards printed by the same firm – just click on the box below!  Be warned that it can be a bit complicated to design them – the last set I did took me ages – but that was because I uploaded loads of pictures to put on the backs!  For international customers – they deliver worldwide and are pretty cheap to use…..enuf of the plugs – I also get commission from any orders you put in……..smile.


All the best

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the best made plans……

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I have been doing a lot of research about how to post newsletters and information for Julz Spinning & Weaving Club, and was preparing to put together the first proper post in the next week or so, including some special offers for members.

Members are anyone who has been invited to join, after buying items from me on ebay (85solway) or etsy – etsy.com/shop/julzcraftsupplies.  The first invites went out a few months ago, when I sent out an email newsletter – and I was about to put together an updated list of new buyers and send you all a link to this page …..I know….at the moment this is such a new blog that no one knows about it yet!  And of course anyone who finds this blog is welcome to join!

However, this post is for the benefit of anyone who happens upon this page in the interim, to explain what Julz Spinning & Weaving club is all about – or will be……..

I trade under the names of JULZ SPINNING & WEAVING SUPPLIES & JULZ CRAFT SUPPLIES.

THIS IS ME !  Ok, for anyone that knows me the photo is a few years old, but it’s the nicest one I have and I use it as aImage kind of avatar on etsy so I’m putting it up here so people can recognise it.  I have been a photographer for over 30 years – its the old adage,  like builders who never get around to doing the diy jobs in their own houses, I hardly ever get around to having my own picture taken.  When digital photography came in, I, like many photographers, found that half their businesses just fell away, so I decided to add another string to my bow.

I’ve been involved in spinning & weaving for over 15 years, have knitted & sewn since I was a small child, and ‘once upon a time’ designed and knitted mohair jumpers which sold well – until the fashion for them also waned.  I have run my own craft fairs, and published  a range of my own photographic greetings cards some years ago, which I sold at craft fairs, agricultural shows and to retail outlets.  I occasionally post a few of them for sale, as I have stock left, but I don’t rely on sales of them, as the card market is now saturated!

As I was buying more yarns and equipment, it seemed sensible to buy at trade prices and sell on the extra stock I didn’t use myself, and that’s how I started on this new venture.

The current incarnation of JULZ SPINNING & WEAVING SUPPLIES/JULZ CRAFT SUPPLIES is about 6 months old and is going well – just getting into its stride in fact – and as we are now in the autumn months, when people get back into their spinning & weaving projects – it’s the right time to do some promotion, which was why I decided to start this blog and post newsletters here, instead of sending out the rather badly put together email ones – smile.

However, the best made plans……as I titled this blog……can come a cropper – and I’ve just found out that, after being on the waiting list since february – I am being given the chance to have a knee replacement op in a couple of weeks time.  I have osteoarthritis,  and its been getting so bad I can hardly walk (another reason that I don’t do much photography these days), so of course – the op takes priority over building up the new business.

As soon as I’m back on form I will get back to the plans I have for the Club, and hopefully post those special offers in time for your Christmas gift buying.

So – a bit of information about what I do……

I am an accredited dealer for Kromski spinning wheels and looms, as well as all accessories. I currently have the 24″ harp – a nicely designed rigid heddle table loom in stockImage, as well as some accessories, including  the loom carrying bag, drop spindles, extra warp clamps etc, and can order in any of their other products for you, such as the fantasia and sonata spinning wheels – see http://www.kromski.com – you will need to click on the UK flag to read the english version as they are a Polish company.  I was about to put a new order in and ask members to let me know what they wanted me to add to it – but will get back to that post op!

I also sell some really good hand carders – the large (standard) size for carding wool & other fibres for spinners, and the small size for felters.  As well as warping yarns for weavers, I plan to add fibres for spinners & felters in the future, and some weaving & knitting wools.

I currently stock merino pre-felt, which makes picture feltmaking easy, and merino & polyester wadding for quilters and dressmakers.  For anyone making cushions or soft toys, I also have pure sheltland wool for stuffing as well as some cheap black polyester ‘stuff’.

I’m also branching into selling tools for stained glass – I wanted a glass grinder for myself, so I bought a few more in to sell – its a great package if you’re looking for one – and will be adding other tools and glass later.

Another strand I’ve added are some silicone moulds for soap makers, as well as a stainless steel soap cutter, which is very easy to use.  The moulds can also be used for baking, and I have some great small moulds for chocolate makers, that can also be used for ice and jellies!

For artists, I have a small wooden table easel, some canvases and paint sets, together with some drawing pads, and general design tools, like cutting boards and squares.

I’d be pleased to know what items buyers might like to see for sale on my sites, and will happily buy in stock that you are interested in – as long as I have enough cash in hand – smile!

I will be posting warnings about last buying dates on my selling sites (see above) soon, so that buyers will get their purchases before I am in hospital.

In some ways the name of the club is already a misnomer, but I’ll keep it for now!

The idea of the Club is to allow you to buy from me at discounted prices, but also to share information with each other.  Among the people that have bought looms and spinning wheels and supplies from me, there are some very interesting people involved in great projects, and I’m hoping they will overcome their reticence and write about them, as well as post some photos.  If you have a project you want to share, or fleeces to sell, and anything else you’d like others comments on – you are welcome to leave messages on the blog to advertise them – (I reserve the right to check them out first) – so please email me with your ideas.

If various strands of crafts want their own club page, I’ll work out how to do this – as & when needed.

TO JOIN JULZ SPINNING & WEAVING CLUB

please email me at julz@julzweaving.plus.com, and I’ll add you to the mailing list – which I’ll use to let you know when I’ve put up a new blog that might be of interest to you.  You can , of course, add this blog to your watch list.

ANYONE WHO WANTS TO MAY JOIN THE CLUB – AND I WILL ROUTINELY ADD NEW BUYERS TO THE MAILING LIST – you may opt out of membership at any time.  I PROMISE  that the mailing list will be totally private and not used or sold to anyone else.

feel free to add any comments below – all the best……PS:….

just to let you know – that as well as sending me comments in the box – the standard “leave a comment” button is still there – but it took me a while to find it – its at the end of the tag list, in red at the bottom of the blog – at least it is in my view – please feel free to use that as well.