Handspun Tapestry Yarn
My handspun tapestry yarns are all yarn 'singles'. That means one single thread rather than a plied thread. In tapestry weaving it is desirable to have a firm twist, and not too much 'spring' in the yarn. So I spin these yarns with as much twist as I can manage, and as evenly as I can, although please bear in mind that they are hand spun, and not made by a machine so there will be some gently thicker and thinner bits here and there. My listings give much more information about the types of wools used in each yarn. All yarns in this section are dyed with natural dyes, or are undyed natural wool colours. When yarns are spun by machine, they are completely even in texture, and the dye take up is completely even because of that. But hand spun yarns will be more irregular with areas of differing twist, and fibres that are blended together that come from different parts of a fleece. Therefore the dye-take-up is slightly irregular. This produces over all a much more hand-crafted look to a finished piece. Handmade rugs and tapestries that are crafted with hand spun yarns are now much more rare because machine produced yarn is cheaper and more readily available than hand spun. So if you are interested in producing something really original, hand spun may be a good choice. My handspun rug yarn and handspun tapestry yarn sections of my shop are now combined as I realise many people wish to use both types of yarns in either rugs or tapestries!
Natural Dyed Locks
Wenslydale and Teeswater locks are like long ringlets of glossy wool. These breeds are amazing looking large sheep and the fleeces are very heavy. Getting good locks to start with can be quite an effort, but once I've found good fleeces, the process of washing, picking, mordanting, dyeing, over-dyeing, weighing, bundling and packaging is very time consuming but one of my favourite areas to work in. There's nothing quite so thrilling as seeing the locks all finished! When ordering, please bear in mind that all locks will differ just as all sheep differ. Therefore this is not a 'standard' product like handspinning rovings are. If you wish to message me any questions regarding your project and what would be suitable, I will always do my best to answer questions and try to find the right locks for your project. Please message me through Etsy by clicking on the 'shop now' button to the right.
Handspun Rare Breeds
In an effort to support rare breeds and small flocks, I like to focus on using the wool from lesser known breeds in this section of my shop. I am adding different yarns to this section frequently as I come across good fleeces. There are a vast array of different types of sheep breeds in the UK and their fleeces all have their own special niche. Some go into making rugs, others make baby garments or next to skin clothing. There are long staple wools, lustre wools, and short crimpy wools. Fine and coarse. They all have their particular uses and none of them are to be discredited. For instance, I have spun great garden twine from Swaledale because it's long and strong, and crocheted baskets from Zwartbles because it's a crimpy wool that holds well in crochet. Norwegian, Romney and Cheviot make great tapestry, and Bluefaced Leicester makes great baby props as it is super soft.
Natural Dyed Handspun
All the yarns in this section of my shop are hand spun and dyed with plants or other natural dye material. There are well known basic plant dyes that are reliable for obtaining certain colours and there are lesser known plant dyes that I gather locally. I like to have a go at obtaining dyes with plants that aren't in the dye-books! So you may find some unusual things in this section of my shop. If you are interested in plant dyeing, please do check out my youtube videos. In this section you will also find a range of handspun shetland yarns, that have been blended with recycled sari-silk. This silk is not naturally dyed by myself, but it is 'recycled' from the weaving industry. It is new fibre, but the left over end portions from the looms, that are re-carded for hand spinning. I think that makes a very sustatinable addition to my otherwise entirely natural yarns. It also adds great softness over all as I incorporate it at 20%. I use a variety of different wools, so please check out the listings in my shop for more information.
Natural Dyed Fibre
I use 2 base wool tops for natural dyed fibre. Either Shetland or Organic Merino. Both of these fibres can be used in either hand spinning, felting or art weaving. Packs of fibre are 25g and come in bio degradable bags. I use as many locally gathered dyes as possible, and also other more well known dyes such as cochineal, lac, and indigo which I have to purchase. When time permits I am happy to take on bulk orders of 500g or more at 10% discount. Please message me through Etsy by clicking on the link to the right.
This section of my shop evolved out of a 'find' of a box of bobbins I discovered that came from a long closed down local mill near my home where I used to live in Northern Ireland. One thing led to another. I'm always on the hunt for these treasures from the past textile industry of our country. Most of my bobbins go through a thorough clean and wax process before being put in my shop. I now sell bobbins that have originated from all over the world.
Handspun Rug Yarn
This section of my shop has changed over the years. Originally I only had the very thickest rug yarns here. But now I have combined tapestry and rug yarn into one section because I realise that people use both finer and thicker yarn in rugs and tapestries together. However, it's worth paddling through my shop to see the other yarn sections if you are working on a project because it can be difficult for me to categorise the uses of a yarn. Some that are very useful for tapestry or rug projects will be found in rare breeds for instance. Some are definitely coarse rug yarn, others are soft and could be knitted in garments, but also used in a tapestry or rug. As a rule of thumb, I only put yarns into the tapestry or rug sections that I would tend not to use for knitwear. Having said that, a lot of people wish to use tapestry yarn in knitwear projects!
Vintage Prints - Greetings Cards
Vintage reproduction photographs printed as greetings cards. A5 size on high quality laminate card stock. The inside of the cards are left blank for your message. They come packaged in bio-degradable bags with matching white envelopes. All the photographs in this section are of hand spinners, weavers, or crafts people.