The Threshing Barn Summer/Autumn Newsletter 2016

To celebrate our 20th Anniversary there is 20% off the Strauch swifts made in 4 beautiful woods, for the table, floor and combo sets

I am planning to relocate my business to bigger premises so my Live-Work unit is for sale. I have 2 double bedrooms, office and bathroom on the top floor, then there is a large kitchen diner and lounge/dining room. Downstairs is the commercial unit with a retail area, a cloakroom and kitchen area. Outside is a patio area next to the river. The unit is in a converted spinning mill in a stunning location overlooking the fells. Do you fancy a lifestyle change then this unit makes an ideal base for a creative business? Contact me for the agent’s details.

Horsley wool posterThe main wool events have all been excellent so far this year. Woolfest saw us move to a bigger stand at the back. it was so much easier to set up and allowed customers a clear route around the stand. We were able to have more equipment out on display. I have visited 8 guilds so far with another 6 before the end of the year.

I am concerned at how many new events are popping up, so many cannot be sustainable. I am always the first to encourage small new businesses, but as a previous Princes Trust creative business mentor I always said run your business professionally, legally and conform to regulations. I know many people are just playing and not budgeting correctly for their expenses and overheads. I hear time and time again “its just a hobby” I wonder what HMRC will think if they are inspected.

It also worries me how many Indie Dyers are dyeing large volumes of wool and yarn in their kitchens. Powder dyes will float in the air and are not visible, masks and gloves should be worn, if possible in an area not used for food production and be well ventilated. I have a specific dye area in my workshop, next to a door and window. Our Gaywool Dyes are packed damp with the fixing salts so are not prone to floating around in the air. ‘Treat your dyes and your body with respect”.

New Ranges

New products are our large 200g batts with 4 colors of fine wools and 40g of silk noils. When spun they create a lovely tweed yarn. The batts will split and produce a textured felt. Available in a range of 12 colour ways £15 each.

A new jewellery kit has a selection of mini wooden bobbins, fancy yarns and makes 2 necklaces £10.

From the USA comes a range of fun coloured 3D printed spindles in top and bottom whirl, Tour De Fleece (bike wheels), Turkish and plying tools. Prices from £18 to £24.

New books include the beautiful sheep story and sock pattern book based on a tour of Scotland “In the footsteps of sheep “by Debbie Zawinski £20. Also based in Scotland is a bike tour called “Knit 1 Bike 1“ by Janet Renouf-Miller £12. Also by Janet her “Learn to spin“ book £12. All new products would make great birthday or dare I say Christmas presents.

I am offering a new talk and slide show on the history of textiles in Shetland to guilds or groups.

My holidays this year have included walks and concerts in the Swaledale Festival with my daughter who is in training for the London Marathon (I’m definitely not). This August I’m taking my three grown up children and families away to a farmhouse in the Newlands Valley in Cumbria. In September I attend the Borrowdale Shepherds meet, then go walking for a few days. Finally, I am off to Harris with friends to visit weavers and textile artists.

Finally I am available to run small group or individual workshops here at my unit or at your venue.

All the best

The Threshing Barn


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