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SHOW & TELL – your chance to share your work with others

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decorated fantasia spinning wheel

decorated fantasia spinning wheel

I just got an ‘annual report’ from wordpress on this site, and the most visited pages are the SHOW & TELL FEATURES – especially the one on decorating KROMSKI’S FANTASIA SPINNING WHEEL. Click here to see it.

I love the idea that something posted over a year ago is still getting visitors and inspiring others.  There are several other SHOW & TELL posts – to access them, please see my new SHOW & TELL ARCHIVE PAGE.

I have constantly asked my customers to contribute to this feature, but somehow they are either too shy, or too busy,or feel its too much work!  Please don’t  let that put you off!  I will publish all contributions, whether you are just starting up or a professional – tho’ I reserve the right to edit your contribution slightly – and will give you a chance to publicise your work and for others to contact you if you want them to.

There is no time limit on this – just send me something any time you feel like to julz@julzweaving.plus.com, OR fill in the form on the CONTACT ME PAGE Please include as many pictures as you want, with some brief paragraphs about yourself and your work. Whist this opportunity is specifically for my customers, past or present – and future – I would also be interested to hear from people who just have something they’d like to share, and if its relevant in any way, I will put your contribution up too.

If you’d like to look at my current stock, please see the right hand column, underneath my photo, where the personal links list all the sites I sell on –  clicking on these links will give you a chance to browse. I am also aware that you may not currently be registered with any or all of these sites, and to make it easy for you to order at any time, and especially when you want to order various items spread across the sites, you are welcome to put in an order direct.  Please have a look at the BUYING DIRECT PAGE at the top of this blog.

HAPPY NEW YEAR – Hope to hear from you soon!

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WHY ROYAL MAIL IS LOSING OUT TO THE COMPETITION …..(£2.78 versus £11.99)

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OK – I’ve got a bit of a bee in my bonnet about Royal Mail at the moment – I was always against privatising it – and the privatisation process was botched, what ever Lord what’s his name has just announced in his parliamentary review!

white merino

100 gm of white merino tops/roving

As I post quite a lot of parcels, I have been very irritated over the past year at the changes Royal Mail have made to the cost structure.  They have restricted the sizes and increased the rates.  That’s actually meant that, as I sell quite a lot of wool in fibre form – for spinners to make into yarn – I have had to change the way I sell it.  I used to be able to stick it into a plastic bag, in its natural “ball shape” and go down to the post office and pay £2.20, if I remember rightly, to post whatever size it was, and I could send up to 750 gm for the same price.

a pair of carders used for preparing wool for spinning

a pair of carders used for preparing wool for spinning

That doesn’t mean I wasn’t annoyed when another of my popular items – carders for spinners – happened to sometimes weigh under 750 gm and sometimes just over 750 gm and I could never tell what bit of packaging made the difference! (About another pound or two in postage costs!)  Customers would get annoyed when they thought I’d overcharged them postage, and I’d be miffed if I’d set the price too low and made a loss!

When they changed the small parcel rate to 1 kg for £2.80 (2nd class), I no longer had a problem with the carders, but the wool ‘roving’ was a nightmare, as the box size was only 8 cm high.  That meant I could only send balls of wool for the medium parcel rate (£5.20) and tried every which way to avoid this, as sometimes the cost of the wool was only £3.

I tried to flatten the parcels, even bought a food vacuum machine, but the wool was either too compressed or not compressed enough.  I tried selling smaller amounts so I could fit them into the large letter rate,  which was fine for very small amounts, but if the letter was just over 2.5 cm thick, I then had to pay small parcel rate anyway!  (They put everything thro the size slots at the post office!)

Recently they have increased the height of a small parcel to 16 cm – for me that means that I can now post the 100 gm balls of wool, but not the 200 gm balls, cos wool is springy and however hard I try to tape it all up, it parcel seems to grow on my way to the post office – smile!  So I stopped buying in large quantities of fibres.

In fact I stopped selling altogether for a while, for a combination of reasons.  When I started selling again this October, I found  that there is a collection point for a private parcel service just a few more miles away than my local post office.  They don’t have such restrictive sizing for their parcels, and so the problem was solved.  I’ve just put an order in for a whole bale of white merino tops ……

I do still post most of my parcels through the post office, not only is it convenient, but I actually believe in giving local businesses my custom, and making an effort to ‘USE THEM OR LOSE THEM’.

weaving accessories, just a set of sticks measuring just over 61 cm long!

weaving accessories

I was in a hurry on Friday, and had several items to post, so I took them all down to the local post office.  I did have my doubts about one parcel – a set of weaving accessories that weighed under 1kg, but was just over the 61 cm allowed for medium parcels.  I thought I might just get away with sending it 1st class medium (£5.65).  It was carefully measured and pronounced too large for that rate, and I’d have to send it by the Parcelforce – express 48 (hrs) service – £11.99!

So I went home, got online, booked the parcel into the private courier service, printed out the label and then took it up to the drop off point.

COST:  £2.78! (plus a little extra petrol)

AND THAT’S WHY

ROYAL MAIL IS LOSING OUT TO THE COMPETITION!

before the op …….SOME SPECIAL OFFERS!

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If you’ve been following this blog, you will know that I will be going into hospital on the 19th for a knee replacement op …BUT JUST BEFORE THAT…..I thought I’d fulfill my promise to re-stock the colours available in the Landcapes of Australia WOOL & ANIMAL FIBRES DYES.

I bought quite of lot of pots  and a bale of creamy off white merino tops (roving) for you to try the dyes on…You can also just use the 23 micron merino to spin and felt as it is, and the dyes for any other wool, silk, alpaca fibres you have and it also works on nylon and bird feathers.  If you click on the pictures you will get to the ebay listings, and they are also listed on etsy ……BUT …. don’t buy them there if you want to take advantage of the ….JULZ SPINNING & WEAVING CLUB SPECIAL OFFER…..

DIRECT CLUB PRICES ARE

£2.50 per 100 gm of the ecru merino tops (a saving of 49p per 100 gm)

£8.50 per 100 gm pot of Landscape dye (a saving of 29p each)

In addition, for UK customers, all parcels weighing up to 750 gm will be posted for a flat price of £2.50 (2nd class postage).

TO ORDER DIRECT please email me at  julz@julzweaving.plus.com and tell me what you want, and I will generate a paypal invoice for you.  Please make sure you have given me your name & address & phone number, AND the email address of your PAYPAL ACCOUNT.

If you want to add in any other items from my listings, please request them at the same time.

Overseas Postage & Packaging prices will be at cost for DIRECT CLUB ORDERS, and I will give you the total postage price before you pay –  use the postage on the published listings as a rough guide.

To make sure you get the dye colours you want, please order NOW, as it will be first come, first.  This is a time limited offer, as I will only take orders up to midnight on Tuesday 16 October – see below.

After the op, I will be recouperating for a few weeks, and rather than give bad service, I will be limiting the listings on ebay (85solway ) & etsy (julzcraftsupplies) to items that can either be posted in my local postbox – when I can walk to it – or despatched direct from the supplier.

My LAST POSTING DAY for current listings will be WEDNESDAY 17 OCTOBER, so if you were planning on buying something particular,  please order it in the next week, or keep an eye out for newsletters & blog updates.

“Normal Service” resuming will depend on how quickly the knee mends, and when I can drive again, but you should be able to buy Xmas presents in good time – smile!

You are welcome to drop me an email, or leave a comment below, if you want to reserve any particular items you have seen on my listings – I will be taking most of them down before I go into hospital…..the above dates assume the op isn’t delayed or cancelled.  I will also be planning what stock to buy in for the Xmas period and any requests would be helpful.

Oh yes, and I have finally got around to photographing the Berber wool, which is now listed on my ebay page (85solway).

Please also feel free to use the CLUB NOTICEBOARD which is looking very empty, altho I have to approve messages before they get published, I am quite happy for you to talk among yourselves – smile.

All the best to anyone reading this….

the advert box below is for anyone who wants to source other craft products whilst I’m out of action….I get a small commission from sales if you buy after clicking on it….I prefer to tell you that, so you don’t feel ripped off – other adverts for personal Xmas cards and business cards are on the Club Notice Board page…

Thanks