Category Archives: spinning

A couple of free xmas knitting and crochet patterns you might like

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Courtesy of Sheila Dixon’s Hand Spinning News for this month, I thought I’d pass on these FREE patterns she found!

strick-muster-Nikolaus-Stiefel-knit-pattern-Christmas-socks-013-3-1100x1100This one is to knit your own Christmas Stocking.  Of course the pattern is free because you are supposed to buy the exact wool from the German (I think) company that is giving away the pattern, but, as the final size is not all that important, I think you could easily use any 2 ply wool combinations, especially if you have spun them yourself.  The pattern on the socks is apparently Latvian.  You can find the pattern HERE.  You have to fill in a form to get it, but it is FREE!

The second free pattern is for making this rather interesting leaf garland.  If you crochet you will find it very easy – if you don’t, its worth having a look because there are very full instructions on how to make each piece, and you could probably make it yourself anyway!

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You can find the instructions on Lucy’s blog here, and the overview and background info HERE.  If you do make it, let her know, I’m sure she’d love to see your version!

For my Readers, all over the World – a re-blog of “Winding Yarns into balls by hand”….

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nostepinne woundI’ve been checking my stats recently to see how many people have been visiting the blog and where they come from and what posts they are reading – yes I can tell all that with one click!  (But be reassured, I can’t tell WHO it was, so you’re secrets are safe – smile)

I can honestly say that my readership is WORLD WIDE!  I think I have had readers from almost every country in the world – lots of you are, of course, from the UK, but almost as many are from the USA, and all over Europe, and recently quite a lot from Australia, China and India.

I’ve noticed that, apart from my post about the Ystalyfera  Landslip,  which someone else must have publicised on social media, without telling me – (over 100 hits in one day!) smile – the most searched for post is this one: Winding Yarns into balls by hand – with or without a nostepinne which is also listed under the i/sheets tab (an archive of my ‘information  sheets’ or free tutorials – which I haven’t kept up to date lately, by the way!)  And by now,  you must have realised what that picture on the right is doing on this page.

Anyway, to save you the trouble of looking for it,  I thought I’d just repeat it here for those of you that are interested – and as I have only just sold the last nostepinne I had, and wasn’t actually going to buy any more in at the moment – this is NOT a sales ploy! (But do have a scroll down to the previous post – smile!)

Originally posted in August of 2015 – 

HuH – I can’t find a way to copy the whole thing after all, but this is the most important stuff – especially the video!

This is a very useful tutorial I found via Sheila Dixon’s Hand Spinning News, which has a video that takes the mystique out of how to use a Nostepinne, or any useful stick, to allow you to wind hand spun yarn, or just oddments of wool into tidy balls, manually.

It is copied directly from Roving Crafters – she calls them “cakes” – and she says on her blog that it can be freely copied – so I have!

How to Hand Wind Yarn Into a Cake

Winding warn cakes Confession #1:

I like to wind yarn. Its fun. Its an excuse to play with my yarn and when I wind up other knitters’ and crocheters’ yarn (I’ve been known to do that) I get to play with their yarn too. But its more than just play time. A nicely wound yarn cake will save you headache and frustration and make for a more pleasant knitting and crocheting experience.

A yarn cake sits flat on the table. It has a nice easy end to draw out of the center. If its done right, the yarn won’t tangle up and the cake won’t flop or bounce around. A yarn cake as a great and wonderful thing and nearly every yarn shop in the world will wind up your yarn into a cake with their ball winder.

But you don’t need a ball winder to make a yarn cake. You just need a stick. A dowel will work. So will a broom handle, a fat knitting needle, or the empty tube from your next roll of toilet paper. If you want to be fancy-pants about hand winding yarn, you can get a nostepinne. But only really hopeless yarn-geeks bother with those.

Confession #2: I own three nostepinnes.

I also own a ball winder but sometimes I make yarn cakes by hand and not just for fun. If I only have a small amount of yarn, say 50 yards or less, I wind it into a little cake using a small nostepinne thin stick. That works out much better.

 

 

 

 

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:
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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.