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Sheep's Fleece

Just a few beauties from the Great Yorkshire Show last week - I thought I'd focus mainly on goats here as there were plenty of lovely sheep for you from the Royal Norfolk Show last month.  Goats - I really rather fell in love with them, but only had a very short time to admire them. That's the downside of doing shows on your own - just not enough time to look around.         Just a few shots of wash and brush up before the day begins:     And a little walk to stretch the..
I'm just starting on next year's handmade calendar and, not wanting to duplicate ideas from previous years, had a quick look through the back issues.  Originally I thought a handmade calendar would be a fabulous way to welcome in the new millenium, so the year 2000 was going to be my year of the calendar. Just one year. Oh no, customers thought otherwise and here I am planning the 16th one. I'm actually quite proud of the achievement. Here they all are, all 15 to date:   This is the co..
At the shows I'm often asked "What's it made out of?" Well, I use sheep's fleece, but in very small quantities, so this year I thought I'd take some fleece along with me. A splash of colour in the corners, I thought.  I cut a large sack to size and then loosely stitched some of my dyed sheep's fleece to it. I'm not a great stitcher, so this was a tad tedious for me The first dyed fleece stitched to the sack: This shows my beautiful stitching!:   As I stitched on more blocks of f..
I love helping out at these bigger retail shows – there’s so many new people to meet, and so many new beautiful products to look at. In previous years, I have been known to slip away from the stand for an hour and get my Christmas shopping done early (very organised!).    But living out here in Taiwan means I had to miss it this year – I was very sad!   In case you missed our stand, here is how it looked this spring: Note the splash of colour down the corner - Mum stitched (yes, she ..
I thought I'd take you for a gentle walk today with Coota; he's our rescue staffie/lurcher cross who's been with us now for 7 months. I think he's doing really well, and to be honest, I think we're doing pretty well too since we've never had anything like him before. He's nothing like a collie!    So let's grab the lead and whistle and set off on our walk.....today I'm taking you to Broomscot Common on the Norfolk/Suffolk borders. It's part of a community conservation project, so it's lovely t..
My, that was quite a scorching hot Great Yorkshire show this year - a complete contrast to the wash out of last year! I was on my own this year for the show so I was very pleased to get this little message sent from Emma who is still overseas: Here is how we looked for this year's show, where we decided to have a much bigger stand than usual: They had to take my nameboard away to redo it as the letters were peeling, and this is what they brought back - we decided quirky was ok!   Op..
I was very excited to find a North Ronaldsay fleece at the Royal Norfolk Show. It's from a 4 year old ewe called Dianthe. They're an interesting ancient breed originating from North Ronaldsay in the Orkneys where they have been fenced off the land and confined to the beach. You can find out more about the breed here, from the Rare Breeds Survival Trust's.  It's one of the breeds that I first fell in love with when researching ancient European textile tools back in the 1980's. The following is..

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