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Woman’s Hour (BBC Radio 4) on ‘The Business of Crafts’

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bbc_radio_four Prompted by an Easter theme, and broadcast yesterday, Easter Monday, this is an interesting slant on the “business of crafts”, by the BBC Radio 4’s long running Woman’s Hour.  Unusually, the whole programme was about crafts, and features several woman who have made successful businesses from their their various crafts.

The full programme is 45 mins long – so make sure you bookmark this page if you are not able to listen to it in one go!

NB: if you go to the page on the website below, its broken up into the separate interviews, which allows you to choose which of them you’d like to hear – might be easier for you – the pattern for the scarf kimono was not there last time I checked, but no doubt, it will be up asap. (9 May – you can find the pattern here)

A Celebration of Craft

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a scarf what I wove!

a scarf what I wove!

 The UK economy is boosted to the tune of 3.4 billion per annum by craft skills, which also provide millions of hobbyists an outlet for problem solving, creativity and sustainability.

Far from being design’s handy little sister, craft is practiced by three quarters of women with ever improving skill.

We explore the past, present and future of making with a look at the history of women and craft and craft education. We meet a woman who has embarked on craftivism; three women who have turned their passion and skill into a business and hear about the benefits of craft to focus and de-stress. And Jane Garvey wrestles with a sewing machine.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Corinna Jones.

If by any chance this does not work for you, here is the direct link to the Woman’s Hour Page

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05plght

Fair Isle Knitting – a radio 4 programme for you to listen to + more knitting info

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current fair isle knitting from the shetland collection

current fair isle knitting from the shetland collection

During January, BBC Radio 4, and Woman’s Hour, unusually, had a theme running about knitting, which I saved and thought I’d put it up on the blog for anyone who would be interested.

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Among the old programmes they added to their ‘Archive Page’, was this one, about Fair Isle. I’ve never tried copying one of these before, so if it doesn’t work, the page link is below this box.
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I have tested it, and if you click “listen in pop up player” you should get a new page and the 30 minute programme, with picture, direct from the BBC.  The original programme was first broadcast on SAT 31ST JULY 2010.
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I’m not sure whether this is a permanent ‘archive’ or whether, if you try and listen to it in a few weeks time, it will have been withdrawn from the iplayer – but its here now, if you want to listen to it – along with a link to the full archive page, below.

Fair Isle Knitting

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Moira Hickey visits Fair Isle, famous around the world for its knitting. With a plentiful supply of wool from the island’s hardy Shetland sheep, knitting kept many families from starvation, and the craft is still economically important for Fair Isle. Yet with Shetland schools soon to drop knitting from the curriculum, can it survive for much longer? Will Shetland’s children still learn to knit, and if they don’t, will it really matter? Moira Hickey visits Fair Isle to look at the importance of knitting to the islanders, and to ask what the future holds for this traditional craft. Available now

This is the link to the programme if you can’t use the the pop up link

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00t5vkh#auto

And this is the link to the whole Archive they put together on knitting

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/24yX6CDWJH6QkjvmJ3shhzF/radio-4-knitting

newz from julz: yarns for knitting & weaving

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scarfcopysThis post is written as a checklist for the latest newz from julz update, which goes out to all the customers on my mailing list – its easier to put the pictures and links on this blog, where they can be seen clearly, than try and put them all into an email.

I sell in the UK and WORLDWIDE

Anyone who reads this can join the mailing list – please go to the shop talk page, where you will find a form to fill in.  newz from julz updates are sent out when there is new stock or other useful information, and are not available unless you are on the mailing list, which has nothing to do with following this blog! If you want to know more about any of the yarns on this page, clicking on any warping yarn picture will take you to the ‘slideshow’ of these yarns and if you then click on the underlined caption, it should take you to the current listing.  Clicking on the pictures of the novelty yarns will take you to the listings directly. Of course anyone is welcome to buy anything they see on any of the sites I sell on – links to my etsy shop, my folksy shop, and my two sites on ebay, are underneath my photo on the right hand side.  If you are not registered on any of them, you are welcome to buy direct.

warping yarns for weavers

Warping Yarns are particularly strong and can take the strain of being the “vertical yarns” on the loom, as they are kept under tension whilst the cloth is woven.  They can also be used  for the weft – ie: you can weave with them – and for crochet and macrame. You can also knit with them.  Many knitters are so used to small balls of knitting yarn, that they don’t realise that you can knit straight from the cone – just put the cone in a bag or basket to keep it clean and allow the thread to be easily drawn. When you click on the pictures below, some of them will take you to julzweaving on ebay, and others will take you to julz craft supplies on etsy.  That does not mean that they cannot be found on the other sites, but as ebay listings don’t last as long as the etsy ones, I have used the etsy site for listings on ebay that are near to their end date. NB:  the links are current at the date of posting, but may not work in a few weeks time – that does not mean that I don’t still stock them – see below!

novelty yarns for textile arts

sample pack of tu-tu yarns

sample pack of tu-tu yarns

Anyone with an eye for unusual ideas and novelty yarns to experiment with will enjoy these ‘Imagine’ and ‘Tu-Tu’ yarns – but they may take some getting used to! Samples are available on request, and there is a particular sample pack of 4 colourways of Tu-Tu which is also listed.  If you would like to request a variation of colours, please ‘buy’ the pack and send me a separate request for the specific colours you would like in the pack.  (There are numbers on the banding that you can use for reference.

*tutu yarn mixed

hanks of multicoloured tu-tu yarn

You can actually knit with these, and create ruffles within your pattern, and there are links to free patterns on the listings, on both etsy and ebay – all of these are currently listed on both sites, clicking on these pictures will take you to one or the other. You can also use them as eyecatchers by weaving bits of them into your work, adding them to needlework and sewing projects and incorporating them in any any collage or textile art project.

hanks of single colour tu-tu yarn

hanks of single colour tu-tu yarn

Similarly unusual, and useful for art work, are the imagine yarns, which have been created to be used to make things like scarves without knitting them! They comes as ‘tubes of webbing’, and there is a link on the listing to a video that shows how to make a scarf in a few minutes.  Buy a hank and see what else you can use these for!

These listings have expiry dates, and the links may not work in a few weeks time, but I will have stock of most of the yarns shown on this page on a regular basis, so if you cannot find the listings, please use the form on the contact me page and I will send you the link.

hanks of 'imagine' yarn

hanks of ‘imagine’ yarn

Gallery post: some of the stuff I sell

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Today’s assignment on the  blogging101 course was to try out a different kind of post, and I have been intending  to put together a page that shows the type of stuff I stock, for spinners, weavers, felters, knitter, quilters and other crafters – so, why not use the exercise for this purpose!  This is the first Gallery I have ever put together and its rather random in nature, I could have put them together in categories, but, I haven’t – not this time.  I also intended to link the listings on etsy and ebay to each picture – but not this time. If you want to browse the listings, click on the personal links underneath my photo on the right hand side. If you want to buy direct see this page, if you want more information on anything contact me here!

If you want to buy anything, please do, smile, I  sell worldwide.  To see the captions and find out what the fibres are,  just hover over them.  I think it turns into a slide show if you click on any of the images.

SORRY – I haven’t been keeping this blog up, but I’m back selling again!

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I have been having a break, and have not been well – but I’m now up and running again, altho not yet at full steam.

For those of you on my mailing list I will be sending out a NEWZ FROM JULZ email in the next week. (If you’re not on the mailing list, just send me a message at julz@julzweaving.plus.com, and I’ll add you to it.)

In the meantime, if anyone would like to join the Show & Tell, and feature your work or ask other readers for information on techniques etc, I will be very happy to put something up for you on this blog – just get in touch, (julz@julzweaving.plus.com) and hopefully I’ll be hearing from you soon.

Currently I have limited listings on:

ebay: http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/julzweaving/m.html?item=121458128910&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562

etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/julzcraftsupplies?ref=hdr_shop_menu

all the best

julz

SHOW & TELL? Send in some pics for the blog – please……

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To be honest,  I haven’t got anything new to plug, if you’ve been following this blog, you know more or less what I sell, and you can always click on the links underneath my (old) photo to see what’s currently on my ebay or etsy pages. (Personal Links)

I’m also looking for some new inspiration – its (almost) summer – well if we’re gonna get any decent weather this year, it should be around the end of May, the beginning of June.  Just in time for the exams…..

I know lots of people spin, knit, dye and weave all year round, but projects can tend to tail off until the autumn, and I thought it would be nice to see what you have been making – and perhaps we can all get some inspiration from each other, and think about planning what we might make next.

So how about a SHOW & TELL MONTH?

Please send in your photos of any craft work you have been doing and want to SHOW(off) to other members of this “Club”.  Don’t worry if you’re a beginner or a professional – it would just be nice to share our work.  If you have any problems you’d like to solve, why not see if anyone else can give you some advice, or praise – smile!

I have no idea how many, if any, of you will send your photos to

julz@julzweaving.plus.net   

(sorry, can’t work out how to make my email address a click on link, so please copy & paste it…..)

but I will publish ANY photos you send in – on this blog (approximately in the order they arrive) – please add a description for those of us who can’t tell what it is (joke).

Any craft work welcome, it doesn’t have to be textile based, and for those of you that have bought any of my hatching eggs, pics of chicks would be nice too!

My SHOW & TELL for today is the latest photo a friend took of me a couple of weeks ago – and yes, I did knit the beret – from some old mohair yarn I had hanging around!

All the best – look forward to seeing your work –

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