Monthly Archives: May 2018

Sheep Shearing Video

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Just thought you might like to see how sheep are sheared – for those of you who’ve never seen it!  Shearing is done very fast, and doesn’t hurt the sheep, if it’s done by an expert – and the fleece is rolled up to be processed and, hopefully sold.

This video comes from a farm near Niagara Falls, New York, who actually specialise in Shetland Sheep.  Shetland Sheep are the smallest of the British sheep breeds. They are bred for their wool, which is very soft and fine, a delight for handspinners. Shetland Sheep are very hardy, and easy to care for. They are ideal for families with smallchildren, handspinners and breeders.

The original post can be found HERE.

 

Some ‘British’ Gift Items, and Garden Ornaments

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It’s been lovely weather this last week, and I’m afraid I have been spending all my time in the garden, and haven’t been thinking about posting anything particularly craft based.

And, of course, I watched the Royal Wedding on TV on Saturday!

There are loads of ‘souvenirs’ on sale for the event, and it reminded me that I hadn’t got around to listing some of my new stock on julzcraftstore.com, where I also sell an eclectic mix of gift items.

Some of these are just for fun – and altho’ none of them specifically relate to ‘The Wedding’, I have a few ‘Union Jack’ bits and pieces that fly the ‘British flag’ and are often bought by my international customers.

You can find them listed in the ‘British Category’ of Julz Craft Store – HERE

I also sell a few garden related items, and have recently re-ordered some of these rather lovely small garden ornaments.

Prices range from £12.99 – £17.99 – and you can see the full information HERE

How Industrial Weaving gave us the Computer

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This is a short video produced by the BBC Future Series – worth a look!

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20180423-how-industrial-weaving-gave-us-the-computer

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Punched card pattern for a jacquard loom. Artist: Dorothy Burrows

“In the early 19th Century, Joseph Marie Jacquard invented a remarkable machine that reinvigorated the fashion industry – and ultimately led to the modern computer.”