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of postage, sealing wax and other things….silk “hankies” & white merino roving back in stock

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NB: please click on the links for my ebay listings or etsy shop just under the  photo on the right hand column, for prices and postage rates – smile!

As most of you will know by now,  Royal Mail, in their bid to make more money, have put up the postage rates, and not even the local post offices I use know what to do with them!

I seem to spend a lot of time peering at the new rate card, which amazingly, wasn’t available to anyone, until the day AFTER the rates went up – because they went up on 1 April, which was Easter Monday, and apparently, so they tell me at the post office I use most, there were instructions NOT to put the leaflets out until then.

elements chart -brochure pageMy local post office are sticklers for the rules, so they wouldn’t even give me an advance copy, knowing full well that I needed the new rates to change the postage on my ebay & etsy listings – and altho I’d looked them up on line, I couldn’t really make sense of them.

I still can’t.  On the one hand, for small & medium parcels – the new categories – you can now post up to 1 kg for the same rate – but on the other hand – you now have to measure the size of the parcels, and there seems to be no practical reason for setting these sizes.  I have asked.  They don’t seem to make any real difference to the way the parcels are sorted.

white merinoThe difference they do make is that, with the old rates, I could send a sack full of wool, fibres, rovings, stuffing etc for the same price as the small elephant trinket boxes – now it has to be squeezed into a ball small enough to fit into these odd sample white boxes they’ve all got – 16 cm cubes.  I watched yesterday whilst the ‘postmaster’ tried to fit the very squeezed wool stuffing into one, and whilst I had tried my hardest, it was about 0.1 cm larger, and he wouldn’t budge – I had to pay the higher medium parcel rate, which I hand’t charged for!

The other way round it is to lay  rovings into long skeins as flat as possible, so the depth of the parcel is no more that 8 cm – which makes for a very floppy bag, and isn’t the best way to avoid tangles.

silk-hankiesI was awake in the middle of the night last week and turned on the TV, to find that apart from the BBC or SKY news channels, all there was was the shopping channels, which I normally avoid like the plague – but happened to hit on an ad for a vacuum pack machine, for food.  You know, for packaging food for the freezer, or so the ad said, to save leftovers in the fridge!

It occurred to me that it might work for the wool, so I bought one.

basket of dyesIts been sitting beside the weighing machine for a couple of days now, and I still haven’t tried it – but I promise I will do a few tests in the next few days, and see if it makes a difference.  If so, I may have to change all the postage rates on my listings again!

What’s really annoying about these rates is that whilst I used to tell you all that I would cap the postage for any parcel weighing up to 750 gm (the old rate), I can’t do the same for parcels up to 1 Kg on the new rate, and thus have to add incremental rates that don’t really work, because if you buy say 200 gms of white merino roving, you get charged extra, so that the 300 gm rate works.

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This blog is by way of a long apology for the fact that I’ve had to put the postage rates up, and that, as I try to remember to say on all my listings – PLEASE ASK FOR A REVISED INVOICE BEFORE YOU PAY – because very often I can give you a lower postage rate – whether you live in the UK, or overseas – but if you don’t ask, I’m afraid I can’t refund the difference, once you’ve already paid.

And, by the way – two of my most popular items – the white merino tops / rovings, and the silk “hankies” (for spinning and paper making) are back in stock!  And I have added some new colours to the landscape dye stock – but I still can’t manage to stock them all, so please check which ones are available!

And if anyone wants to buy the huge 1 Kg cones of Merino Wool, you can save the postage if you want to meet up at Wonderwool on 27 April!

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IT’S COMING ON CHRISTMAS, THEY’RE CUTTING DOWN TREES….

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That’s a quote from an old Joni Mitchell song, which has been running thro’ my head in the last couple of days – and you really can’t miss the signs of  preparations for the festive period at the moment – not least the bombardment of pre-xmas emails encouraging you to buy … and I’ve just sent one out too ….. and hopefully you’ll find something among my craft stock that will catch your eye!

Please click on these links to see the full ranges – ebaymy etsy shop 

I don’t list everything on both sites, there is some overlap, but there is a different range on each site.   If you want to put together an order that includes items from both sites, you are welcome to order them direct and I will even give you a discount if you do!  Just email me at julz@julzweaving.plus.com.

I’ve bought in a job lot of mixed coloured merino tops – suitable for felting and spinning – these are just a couple of them   which I have put on as auction listings on ebay (85solway) – so go and have a look – they’re all starting at 99p – and if you win a few lots,  don’t worry about postage, because I always cap the postage at £2.50 for all packages that weigh up to 750 gms (2nd class UK only), so buy as many items as you want, from any of my listings, and make sure to ask me for a revised invoice so you don’t pay any more.

I also have some fixed price listings for merino & silk fibres.

HAVE  SOME SPARKLE ON ME!

As a special offer for Club members, anyone buying unpackaged fibres – there are also some lovely mixed selections packaged nicely enough to give as gifts–  will get a bit of sparkle to add to the mix – have a look at the listing for trilobal fibre which is a transparent nylon fibre that reflects back the light and gives a sparkle to any  yarn you spin, and can also be added to your felt or incorporated in paper making.  I will add a small amount into you package FREE!  (It goes a very long way!) Please ASK for this by quoting the title of this blog!

I have also put new items up on my etsy shop – if you’re getting into baking for xmas, there’s a range of silicone bakeware, including really great oven gloves and silicone baking mats, chocolate moulds etc.  The cake moulds can also be used for making soap. 

I’ve also added a new “About Julz” page so you know who you are buying from, and the Club Notice Board is available for any notices you want to put up, including adverts for xmas  fayres, or things you want to sell.

LAST POSTING DATES FOR XMAS – please keep in mind these are the dates that Royal Mail say they can guarantee that items will arrive before Xmas – there’s usually a bit of lee-way in them, and if you do order late, I will do my best to get stuff out quickly, as long as you pay 1st class postage.  If you are sending items on as Xmas presents, then please allow the corresponding extra time.

UK DATES:

2nd class & Recorded Delivery – Tues 18 December

1st class & Recorded Delivery – Thurs 20 December

Last Date for Special Delivery – Sat 22 December

Parcels – Thurs  13 December

INTERNATIONAL DATES:

Airmail to Asia, Australia, Far East & New Zealand – Wed 5 December

Airmail to Africa, Carribbean, Central & S America, Middle East – Fri 7 December

Eastern Europe, Canada, USA – Mon 10 December

Western Europe – Wed 12 December

I can also offer overseas customers a special service.  If you are buying a present for someone in the UK I will happily send it direct to their UK address, giving you the added advantage of only paying UK postage, and knowing it will get there more quickly than if you have to send it yourself.  I will also add a note in the package to say who its from and of course will not enclose the invoice!

I look forward to taking your orders – smile!

Don’t get too frazzled or overspend this year – just enjoy yourself!

all the best



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

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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!