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The Free Postage Offer on etsy ends on 20 October – don’t miss out!

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Just a quick reminder……

new etsy banner

Buy two or more items from my Etsy shop and pay NO postage!  

Click on this link to take you to the shop:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/julzcraftsupplies?coupon=NEWZFROMJULZOFFER

Your free postage will be applied automatically at checkout.  If you get to my shop by any other route, there is a box for the coupon code – please enter NEWZFROMJULZOFFER in the box to get your free postage.  I am offering this discount to all international customers as well as UK customers.

This coupon is valid from Friday 6 October to Friday 20 October only.

For more information, please see my earlier post HERE

A Special Offer for all my readers ……

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Etsy have started a new ‘coupon’ scheme, so I thought I’d try it!

This banner is what you will see when you go to my Etsy Shop:
julz craft supplies

Lampeter, Wales 565 Sales On Etsy since 2012   Favourite shop (458)  5 out of 5 stars        

The Special Offer is –

Buy two or more items from my Etsy shop and pay NO postage!    

Click on this link to take you to the shop:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/julzcraftsupplies?coupon=NEWZFROMJULZOFFER

This coupon is valid from Friday 6 October to Friday 20 October only.

Update 9 October:  I have now checked with etsy about how their coupon works – if you click the link to get to my shop, your free postage will be applied automatically at checkout.  If you get to my shop by any other route, there is a box for the coupon code – please enter NEWZFROMJULZOFFER in the box to get your free postage.  I am offering this discount to all international customers as well as UK customers.

 

cropped-3vert-dry-stone-wall-version-2.jpgNB:  You will have to register with etsy if you have never been there before, to take advantage of this offer, which I am also emailing to the customers on my mailing list as a NEWZ FROM JULZ.  

However, anyone can access my shop without registering, and if you would like to order without going thro’ etsy – you can just send me an order and I will give you the same deal.
Please see the buying direct page.

BELOW ARE A FEW EXAMPLES OF WHAT YOU CAN FIND THERE

 so far I have approx 50 different items listed.

A4 Pack of SILK FIBRES for making your own Silk Paper, using the Ironing Method - with link to instructions on julzcrafts.com
A4 Pack of SILK FIBRES for making your own Silk Paper, using the Ironing Method – with link to instructions on julzcrafts.com – All you need to make silk paper – including gummed cocoon strippings, throwsters waste, silk hankies and a few other fibres to get you started.
£9.99
50 gm Pack of White MULBERRY SILK HANKIES For Spinning, Felting, Paper Making  & Scrapbooking- approx 26 cm square
50 gm Pack of White MULBERRY SILK HANKIES For Spinning, Felting, Paper Making & Scrapbooking- approx 26 cm square
£6.99.  There is a separate listing for a small sample: £3.99
6 x 4.5 inch piece of Luxurious Mixed PINK/Green SILK LAP - can be used for Quilting , Spinning, Felting, Fibre Arts & Paper Making
6 x 4.5 inch piece of Luxurious Mixed PINK/Green SILK LAP – can be used for Quilting , Spinning, Felting, Fibre Arts & Paper Making
£8.99.  There is a range of colours also listed.
IRON ON Personalised Garment LABELS - 4 designs, for your handmade clothes and gifts - pack of 4 (2nd listing) - Free Worldwide Postage
IRON ON Personalised Garment LABELS – 4 designs, for your handmade clothes and gifts – pack of 4 (2nd listing)  There are 8 designs in total to choose from.
£4.50
100 gm cones pure MULBERRY SILK - BLACK Flecked with multicoloured cotton neps -2 thicknesses warp & weft yarn for weaving knitting crochet
100 gm cones pure MULBERRY SILK – BLACK Flecked with multicoloured cotton neps -2 thicknesses warp & weft yarn for weaving knitting crochet
£9.99
200 gm Pure COTTON WARPING Yarn, light cream, for Weaving Warp & Weft , Knitting, Crochet, Macrame etc
200 gm Pure COTTON WARPING Yarn, light cream, for Weaving Warp & Weft , Knitting, Crochet, Macrame etc
£8.99
SALE PRICE: Miniature Rachel of Greenfield Quilt Kit - Spotty Hen 13in X 15in - Free UK Postage.
SALE PRICE: Miniature Rachel of Greenfield Quilt Kit – Spotty Hen 13in X 15in. There are 3 designs to choose from.
£23.99
Pair of Stainless Steel Spinners and Felters MINI CARDERS - great for blending small amounts of fibres, right size for CHILDREN'S hands
Pair of Stainless Steel Spinners and Felters MINI CARDERS – great for blending small amounts of fibres, right size for CHILDREN’S hands
£28.50
Luxury  WOODEN SOAP CUTTER - Allows you to vary the thickness of your slices - robustly made - should last for years
Luxury WOODEN SOAP CUTTER – Allows you to vary the thickness of your slices – robustly made – should last for years
£29.50
WOLF fabric PATCH Badge - iron or sew on your jeans,  jackets, caps
WOLF fabric PATCH Badge – iron or sew on your jeans, jackets, caps
£4.50. There are several other badges to choose from.

If you have been following this blog for the last couple of months,

you will know that I have moved recently, and have more stock to collect and list, when I can manage it, but what is listed on etsy is most of the stock I have here at the moment.  I still have those lovely fabrics and gift items, but – unfortunately, not here!

 I also sell on ebay, and there are a few of the same items listed there, as well as some other auction lots.  You are welcome to check them out HERE.  However the Special Offer does not apply to any purchases on ebay.

If you have problems getting your free postage on Etsy, please let me know.

I have never used their coupons before and I’m not sure how they work!
It does seem you have to arrive at julzcraftsupplies via this link.
I’m sure you will also want to browse the rest of the site, so if you want to return to my shop, please use the link again – or to just check stuff without accessing the
FREE POSTAGE OFFER
please type in julzcraftsupplies, in the search box.  Alternatively, just type in “julz” and you will see a list of other shops with julz in their name, and you will find me there – smile.
happy shopping

PS:  I seem to be having trouble with the spacing of this text – I’ve gone back and forth       adding extra lines between the paragraphs, but the system isn’t responding!

 

Update: What I have listed on Etsy so far

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I am slowly  putting up listings on etsy for the stock I have with me in West Wales – the updated list is below.  I also have a couple of items on ebay – and will be adding more soon.  I’m glad to say I have already posted several orders from each site!

The silk fibres and silk laps are about to be listed, but I haven’t yet checked all the details, so I thought I’d give you an update now, and let you know with a follow up shortly – I have a few other unrelated things to do in the mean time – smile.
As I said in a previous post – if you are not registered on either site, you can still click the links – have a look, and let me know if you’d like to order something direct – I will send you a paypal invoice, so you have the same protection as on the sites.
Please use the “contact me” form if you are not already on my mailing list – which is now totally private!
SALE PRICE: Miniature Rachel of Greenfield Quilt Kit - Spotty Hen 13in X 15in - Free UK Postage.
SALE PRICE: Miniature Rachel of Greenfield Quilt Kit – Spotty Hen 13in X 15in – Free UK Postage.
£23.99
Hand Painted WOODEN CHICKEN BUTTONS - 3 Different Design Sets - will make any garment look special! Can also use as Badges
Hand Painted WOODEN CHICKEN BUTTONS – 3 Different Design Sets – will make any garment look special! Can also use as Badges
£4.75
Hand Painted WOODEN BIRD BUTTONS - 3 Different Design Sets - will make any garment look special! Can also be made into badges
Hand Painted WOODEN BIRD BUTTONS – 3 Different Design Sets – will make any garment look special! Can also be made into badges
£4.75
Hand Painted WOODEN SHEEP BUTTONS - 3 Different Design Sets - will make any garment look special!  Can be made into Badges too!
Hand Painted WOODEN SHEEP BUTTONS – 3 Different Design Sets – will make any garment look special! Can be made into Badges too!
£4.75
100 gm Ball of Natural Colour (CREAM) DISHCLOTH COTTON - Suitable for all crafts, home & garden - safe for tying up  the Sunday Roast!
100 gm Ball of Natural Colour (CREAM) DISHCLOTH COTTON – Suitable for all crafts, home & garden – safe for tying up the Sunday Roast!
£3.59
100 gm Hanks of RECYCLED  Blue and White SARI SILK for knitting, crochet, textile art, weaving
100 gm Hanks of RECYCLED Blue and White SARI SILK for knitting, crochet, textile art, weaving
£7.99
Sale Price Lot: 6 x 100 gm Cones of PURE SWALEDALE WOOL - British Sheep - for weaving and knitting
Sale Price Lot: 6 x 100 gm Cones of PURE SWALEDALE WOOL – British Sheep – for weaving and knitting
£39.99
100 gm cones pure MULBERRY SILK - BLACK Flecked with multicoloured cotton neps -2 thicknesses warp & weft yarn for weaving knitting crochet
100 gm cones pure MULBERRY SILK – BLACK Flecked with multicoloured cotton neps -2 thicknesses warp & weft yarn for weaving knitting crochet
£9.99
100% Black  Merino WOOL PRE-FELT - 1 Metre  x  Half a Metre - for quilting, dressmaking, wet and dry felting
100% Black Merino WOOL PRE-FELT – 1 Metre x Half a Metre – for quilting, dressmaking, wet and dry felting
£9.95
Bargain Lot: 800 gm (8 Cones) of Off White MACHINE WASHABLE Pure WOOL - British Sheep - knit a jumper or crochet, weaving- knits as Aran
Bargain Lot: 800 gm (8 Cones) of Off White MACHINE WASHABLE Pure WOOL – British Sheep – knit a jumper or crochet, weaving- knits as Aran
£35.00
Luxury  WOODEN SOAP CUTTER - Allows you to vary the thickness of your slices - robustly made - should last for years
Luxury WOODEN SOAP CUTTER – Allows you to vary the thickness of your slices – robustly made – should last for years
£29.50
KROMSKI'S Nicely Turned NOSTEPINNE - turns Handspun and other yarns or SKEINS into balls of wool for knitting
KROMSKI’S Nicely Turned NOSTEPINNE – turns Handspun and other yarns or SKEINS into balls of wool for knitting
£13.59
4 WOODEN Hand Turned DROP SPINDLES - made from Named British Woods - Great for Experienced Spinners and Learners
4 WOODEN Hand Turned DROP SPINDLES – made from Named British Woods – Great for Experienced Spinners and Learners
£21.99
TIBETAN Type DROP SPINDLE Unique Hand Turned and Beautifully Finished - 29 cm long
TIBETAN Type DROP SPINDLE Unique Hand Turned and Beautifully Finished – 29 cm long
£28.50
Pair of Stainless Steel Spinners and Felters MINI CARDERS - great for blending small amounts of fibres, right size for CHILDREN'S hands
Pair of Stainless Steel Spinners and Felters MINI CARDERS – great for blending small amounts of fibres, right size for CHILDREN’S hands
£28.50
IRON ON Personalised Garment LABELS - 4 designs, for your handmade clothes and gifts - pack of 4 (2nd listing) - Free Worldwide Postage
IRON ON Personalised Garment LABELS – 4 designs, for your handmade clothes and gifts – pack of 4 (2nd listing) – Free Worldwide Postage
£4.50
IRON ON Personalised Garment LABELS - 4 designs, for your handmade clothes and gifts - pack of 4 - Free Postage Worldwide!
IRON ON Personalised Garment LABELS – 4 designs, for your handmade clothes and gifts – pack of 4 – Free Postage Worldwide!
£4.50
2 Iron On Military looking BADGES PATCHES:  Eagle Wings and Sergeants Stripes - Heavy Metal Style!
2 Iron On Military looking BADGES PATCHES: Eagle Wings and Sergeants Stripes – Heavy Metal Style!
£3.99
SALE PRICE: Miniature Rachel of Greenfield Quilt Kit - Frosty & Friend 13in X 15in - Free UK Postage.
SALE PRICE: Miniature Rachel of Greenfield Quilt Kit – Frosty & Friend 13in X 15in – Free UK Postage.
£23.99
WHITE LACE ZIP - 35 cm length - for Wedding Dresses or That Special White Outfit - Dressmaking, Sewing
WHITE LACE ZIP – 35 cm length – for Wedding Dresses or That Special White Outfit – Dressmaking, Sewing
£5.59
100 gm cones of 3 thicknesses of pure TUSSAH WILD SILK - Cream Colour - warp & weft weaving yarn,  and great for knitting, crochet, macrame
100 gm cones of 3 thicknesses of pure TUSSAH WILD SILK – Cream Colour – warp & weft weaving yarn, and great for knitting, crochet, macrame
£9.99
SALE PRICE: Miniature Rachel of Greenfield Quilt Kit - Ham & Eggs 13in X 15in - Free UK Postage.
SALE PRICE: Miniature Rachel of Greenfield Quilt Kit – Ham & Eggs 13in X 15in – Free UK Postage.
£23.99
200 gm Pure COTTON WARPING Yarn, light cream, for Weaving Warp & Weft , Knitting, Crochet, Macrame etc
200 gm Pure COTTON WARPING Yarn, light cream, for Weaving Warp & Weft , Knitting, Crochet, Macrame etc
£8.99
100 gm cone of thick pure CHINESE WILD SILK - light Cream - warp & weft weaving yarn,  and great for knitting, crochet, macrame
100 gm cone of thick pure CHINESE WILD SILK – light Cream – warp & weft weaving yarn, and great for knitting, crochet, macrame
£12.99
200 gm cones of PURE LINEN YARN -  White, Vanilla and Gold - for weaving, warp & weft, knitting, crochet, macrame
200 gm cones of PURE LINEN YARN – White, Vanilla and Gold – for weaving, warp & weft, knitting, crochet, macrame
£11.99
2 Iron On Driving BADGES PATCHES: Motor Racing No 1 and Motorbike Skull and Crossbones - Heavy Metal Style!
2 Iron On Driving BADGES PATCHES: Motor Racing No 1 and Motorbike Skull and Crossbones – Heavy Metal Style!
£4.50
100 gm cones of Dark Pink, Emerald Green & Khaki PURE WOOL - Great for Knitting (hand and machine), Weaving, Tapestry, Felting etc
100 gm cones of Dark Pink, Emerald Green & Khaki PURE WOOL – Great for Knitting (hand and machine), Weaving, Tapestry, Felting etc
£6.99
Stainless Steel EMBOSSING RULER for Parchment Craft, SCRAPBOOKING, and Design Use - 6"- Free Postage
Stainless Steel EMBOSSING RULER for Parchment Craft, SCRAPBOOKING, and Design Use – 6″- Free Postage
£4.25
WOLF fabric PATCH Badge - iron or sew on your jeans,  jackets, caps
WOLF fabric PATCH Badge – iron or sew on your jeans, jackets, caps
£4.50
WELSH DRAGON and English Roses fabric PATCH Badge - iron or sew on your jeans,  jackets, caps
WELSH DRAGON and English Roses fabric PATCH Badge – iron or sew on your jeans, jackets, caps
£2.99

Sheep Dyed Yellow!

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I went to Sennybridge Agricultural Show today, and among other things I saw something quite bizarre – sheep with their fleeces dyed yellow!

suffolk sheep dyed yellow

suffolk sheep dyed yellow

close up of a suffolk sheep dyed yellow

close up of a suffolk sheep dyed yellow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I did ask someone what is was about – he reckoned it was just cosmetic – to catch the judges eye.

I was wondering if anyone knows whether this is done regularly at shows now – its a while since I’ve been to an Agricultural Show – AND what dye is used, is it temporary or permanent?

Or maybe, just maybe, its an ingenious way to dye the wool BEFORE its shorn, and sell it as a pre-dyed fibre???

These are some undyed Suffolks for comparison.

Suffolk Sheep 'au naturel'!

Suffolk Sheep ‘au naturel’!

I took loads of photos at the Show, and will be putting some more up soon!

To see the very charming young riders Fancy Dress Parade – click here.

The 40 kilo/ 88 lb merino fleece – yes they sheared the sheep!

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Yesterday, I told you about the unsheared merino sheep in Australia, well here is the follow up – and how they sheared it!  Again, copied from the BBC News website.

If you’re not familiar with how the merino sheep normally looks, or what its wool looks like when prepared for spinning – it is the most popular fibre for hand spinners – have a look at my post on Merino Wool HERE

Overgrown Australian sheep Chris ‘breaks world record’

  • 3 September 2015
  • From the section Australia

An overgrown Australian sheep affectionately named Chris has set a new unofficial world record following a hair cut from five shearers.

Welfare crews warned it risked death because it was so woolly from living in the wild for several years.

More than 40kg (88lb) of wool was removed in what the RSPCA says is the heaviest wool haul from one shearing.

National shearing champion Ian Elkins was urgently called in on Wednesday to tackle the mammoth merino.

A heavily overgrown sheep near CanberraImage copyrightRSPCA
Image captionChris the sheep was spotted outside of Canberra on Australia’s second day of Spring
Kangaroos look at the camera behind one of the woolliest sheep in the worldImage copyrightRSPCA
Image captionKangaroos outside Canberra are dwarfed by the woolliest sheep in the world

 

Mr Elkins described Thursday’s marathon sheering session as one of his biggest challenges, saying he had never seen anything like it in 35 years of work.

Chris the sheep on his back as Australian shearers remove wool which has apparently broken a world recordImage copyrightRSPCA
Image captionChris’s hooves appear damaged after coping with the excess wool weight

Chris the sheep had to be sedated during the very delicate operation.

Chris the sheep had is sedated during the very delicate operation.Image copyrightRSCPA
Image captionThe difference a day makes: Removing the excess wool cut Chris’s weight in half

Mr Elkins said he was proud Australia had claimed the title from New Zealand, likening it to “the rivalry on the rugby field”.

Weighing the world's biggest wool haulImage copyrightRSCPA
Image captionSpring clean: Chris’s world-record breaking wool is weighed

The massive bundle of fleece tipped the scales at more than 42kg (92lb), but was revised down to 40kg (88lb) to counter the weight of the bag.

New do: Australian sheep 'Chris' shows off a lighter look, complete with pink antiseptic stainsImage copyrightRSPCA
Image captionNew do: Australian sheep Chris shows off a lighter look, complete with pink antiseptic stains

Animal welfare officials said Chris was “four-to-five times its normal size” before going under the knife.

The huge haul of wool removed from Chris the sheep's tiny frameImage copyrightRSPCA
Image captionLightening the load: More than 40kg of wool was cut from Chris’s tiny frame

Ever wondered what a Merino Sheep would look like if it wasn’t sheared?

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Found this on the BBC website this morning after seeing a piece about it on the news!  Oddly enough I’d also saved the piece about Shrek yesterday, another sheep in New Zealand that hid for years and was discovered and finally sheared about 10 years ago – link to that article below!

Australia urgent plea to shear overgrown sheep

  • 2 September 2015
  • From the section Australia
A heavily overgrown sheep near CanberraImage copyrightAFP
Image captionThe merino sheep is “four-to-five times its normal size”, animal welfare officials say

Australia’s national shearing champion has been urgently called in to help after a heavily overgrown sheep was found near the capital Canberra.

Ian Elkins responded after animal welfare officials warned the life of the merino sheep could be in danger because it was so woolly.

Sheep can develop serious health issues if they are not regularly shorn.

The animal – believed to be male – was “four-to-five times its normal size,” welfare official Tammy Ven Dange said.

“It’s definitely one of the biggest sheep we’ve ever seen,” Ms Ven Dange, head of the RSPCA in the Australian Capital Territory, was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.

She added that the animal was “pretty stressed out” around human beings after what was probably years of solitude.

A heavily overgrown sheep near CanberraImage copyrightAFP
Image captionThe animal is believed to have spent a number of years on the loose

RSPCA officials had initially wanted to shear the animal themselves, but later decided to wait for an expert.

Mr Elkins, a four-time Australian Shearing Championship winner, said removing the fleece “could be one of my biggest challenges yet”.

In 2004, Shrek the New Zealand sheep was found after six years on the loose.

The animal – also a merino – later lost his giant 27kg (60lb) fleece in a televised shearing broadcast live around the world.

The country’s most famous sheep died in June 2011.

See also my earlier post on Merino Sheep.