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FELTED SOAP – A CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA FOR YOU TO MAKE

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It’s even nearer Christmas, and Xmas Trees are now going up – a brief reference to my last post, the special offer about adding some sparkle is still on, so have a look.

If you’d like to try your hand at creating a few really individual gifts that don’t take too long to make, and don’t break the bank, why not have a go at felted soap?

         

Its really easy, and you can use any soap you like – whether scented or not, commercially made and bought from the supermarket, or handmade – or even a combination of small ends of bars!  You can also get the kids to help and turn it into a play workshop.

Felting soap is also a very practical way to use soap – the felt cover will shrink to fit the soap as it is used, and keeps the soap clean as it absorbs all those sticky bits left after use – as well as adding a soft but slightly exfoliating surface.

You don’t need much wool fibre for each bar, and quite a few of you will have odds and ends that you have been looking to find a use for – all kinds of wool will felt, and you can mix them for this project.

However, if you do want to buy some merino tops to use – please do have a look at my listings on ebay – I  currently have a few auction lots starting at 99p that will end on sunday, (I may add a few more during the next few weeks) as well as plenty of reasonably priced cream merino top     that  you can find here.

As a club member I can offer you a pot luck 50p mix of coloured merino tops to use to decorate your felted soap with.  To claim this special offer, with any purchase you make from my ebay listings, please ask for the ‘pot luck 50p mix‘  before you pay, and I will send you an amended invoice.  All combined purchases you make on ebay are charged at a fixed rate of £2.50 (2nd class) & £3.50 (1st class) for packages that weigh up to 750 gm for UK customers, and I will also keep postage to a mimimum for overseas customers.

I was going to write my own instructions, but a quick search on the web came up with two really excellent links.

The first is a fully illustrated web page with step by step instructions for felting bars of soap, and gives you plenty of ideas – click here to have a look.

The second gives you instructions on how to make decorative felted pebbles of soap – click here for more ideas.

Talking of unusual soaps I also sell picture soaps and solid shampoo on ebay and am about to list a few more – like this frankincence scented dove slice.  2dove soap frank

I also have some very nicely packaged selections of silk and merino fibres that are suitable as gifts that are available on both ebay and my etsy shop.   Click on the names to get to them – you will find different selections of stock 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.

So happy felting, and don’t get too frazzled before christmas!

All the best

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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!