Autumn Winter News 2015

Mohair fleece rainbow dyed with coldwater using Gaywool originals._800

GAYWOOL DYES have introduced a new starter pack for both ranges and includes a colour chart on woollen samples, a selection of dyes and a pair of protective gloves. Also new are the 1 kilo bulk packs in both ranges ideal for the Indie who need bigger quantities. These packs are to order only.

I just adore the wonderful colours I get from GAYWOOL DYES they are so easy to use, are non-toxic and take up approximately 96% of the dye. If you want natural colours choose from the Bush Blend Range if vibrant colours are needed use the Originals. We have been experimenting with using a cold water method, quite encouraging results with most dyes except the red colours which are not very colour fast when washed. They will work without Urea but are more muted. So have a play and see what colours you can achieve with this method. I have been busy dyeing new aran and lopi yarns for the colder days.

I am available to come to your craft, textile, embroidery, spinning, weaving, felt making groups or clubs to run workshops, give talks and demonstrations. For most workshops I’m able to provide the basic materials and equipment. So do you fancy learning the art of batik, button making, peg loom weaving, embellished felt containers or landscapes, lucet braiding, water soluble bowls, fabric covered washing line mats and bowls etc. I’m also able to bring my shop of goodies with me according to your interests.

My wools, yarns and kits are available in 3 other locations. I am a member of the Craftworkshop in Sedbergh which is run as a cooperative. Find me in the workshop on Tuesday mornings twice a month. It has been a great place to meet local crafters. There is now a good selection of my products next door in Farfield Mill. The other location is in the Forge Studios in Allendale in the North Pennines. I so enjoy my drive to them taking the picturesque route to Kirby Stephens, Brough up onto the fells above where I see my favourite Andy Goldsworthy sheepfold with round stones set in patterns in the walls, along through the historic mining community of Allenheads.

My oldest son and family have returned to live in UK. So grannie has been teaching Flora who is 4 how to weave on a pegloom. I have 6” looms perfect for children to learn on and would make lovely stocking fillers. Back in stock are the 4” and 6” pin looms made from hardwood in Scotland they are a great way to use up your yard oddments.

Strauch Carders
Strauch Carders
Customers ask me why my Strauch carders are the best on the market, so I thought I would give you a detailed response. On a standard carder they are belt driven which in time stretch and then slip. You physically have to turn the drum. The Strauch models with exception of the Petite are chain driven so are effortless to use you can turn with 1 finger. Check if on some other models the metal drum support runs on wood so will wear ours are metal on metal. Some carders have high sides making cleaning really difficult and you have to undo the sides, the Strauch has low sides for easy cleaning. The licker- in on most other carders is the same as the main drum but on the Strauch the licker in is made of blades so all the hard work is done here allowing easy feeding onto the main drum. The Strauch has a unique doffer with a handle and hook allowing for easy removal of the batt. The carders are available as single or double width and motorized.

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