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Newsletter 2017

18 March 2017

New Year

Thanks to all our old friends and customers, and also some new ones, for your support in 2016. We really appreciate it and enjoy being able to fill your fibre needs. Also, for those who have been waiting patiently for the 18.5 micron colours -- thank you! It took longer than we expected.

 

New Web Site Design

As you can see, we've changed the layout and content of our web site. Many of our customers are now using smartphones and tablets to access our site, so the new layout should make it easier to navigate. Please let us know if you have any problems or suggestions for improvements.

 

New Merino Colours

We're very excited to be carrying a lot more merino colours, both in 23 micron and 18.5 micron. Last fall we dropped the 23 micron merino, but are carrying it again after receiving many requests from our customers.

 

29 August 2017

Outlets

This summer, Elsa Elliot of Silo Weavers in St. Jacobs Ont., retired from her retail store, although she will still be active in her weaving business. I have been selling scarves and hats through Elsa's store for more than a decade, and am sorry to see her go. Elsa was a great person to deal with - thanks Elsa!

There is a possibility that I will be selling my things in two more outlets - details to be ironed out yet. I will update in September when things are finalised.

 

Summer Projects

I've been very busy getting ready for Fibrefest 2017 at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte, Ontario. Nothing like a show to get me off my duff!

I've been trying out new-to-me scarf styles. One with 5mm China silk, placing wool on one side, turning it over and placing wool on spaces between the wool on the other side. If you see what I mean. It results in a lovely crinkly effect on both sides while remaining nice and light.

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The other style I've been working with is cobweb felt. I've made scarves and wraps before with this technique, but not quite so 'cobwebby'. To put my mind at rest about strength and durability, I laid down a grid pattern with the cobwebs in between. I was surprised at the amount of shrinkage I got. I remember Chris White in her excellent book "Uniquely Felt" mentioning that the less wool, the more shrinkage. And it was certainly so - I guestimated a 35% shrinkage. The weight is 60g (about 2oz), finished size 27cm x 200cm excluding tails.

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I love texture on felt, and recently have been using silk hankies quite a bit. They dye beautifully and give a rich textured appearance to the felt.

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The Garden

The garden this year - well what can I say. A disaster. Last year too dry, this year way too wet. Fungus on the strawberries, rabbits ate the greens and carrots, blight got the tomatoes, and on and on! The only things that did well were the blackcurrants, blackberries and raspberries. There is a very nice Farmers Market in Campbellford with a great variety of produce. Hmmmm. Maybe next year we'll buy our veggies.

 

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