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Soap Making

Since we bought our beautiful goats in the summer we have enjoyed many benefits from their wonderful creamy milk. Buying the goats was another step towards our drive towards a self-sufficient lifestyle. We now have our own alpaca fibre for dyeing, spinning, weaving and felting. Bees for our honey, candles and polish. Chickens for our  Continue Reading »

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decopatch

I’m really excited about our latest craft adventure – decopatch. What is decopatch? Decopatch is a decorative fab and funky papercraft, similar to papier mache but much prettier! The modern twist on decoupage, it breathes life into objects using a special paper and glue-varnish. Decopatch looks amazing on card, metal, wood, plastic and glass. It’s  Continue Reading »

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Dyeing Crafts looks at Carding

Previously I have talked about skirting and scouring (June 2013). So what is the next step? Once your fleece is completely dry it’s time to tease and card it. Teasing is simply opening up the fleece which you can easily do by hand by pulling the fleece apart and fluffing it up. Carding can be  Continue Reading »

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Woad Week

Several people have asked how to grow, process and dye with woad. Woad is a hardy biennial plant, native to northern Europe and the British Isles. It is the source of the blue dye chemical – indigotin. It is very easy to grow. It is the first year’s leaves which are harvested for dyeing.    Continue Reading »

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What’s New on the Farm

It’s been an incredibly busy summer and I have so much I want to share with you – it’s difficult to know where to start! We have spent time creating a new sister website – www.herbal-crafts.co.uk which promote the herbal side of what we do on our little farm. In addition to our natural dyes  Continue Reading »

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Skirting and Scouring

It has been a hectic few days sorting through the alpaca fleeces and putting them into some sort of order.                   The next stage will be to skirt them ready for scouring. Our alpacas are very beautiful – but they are very dusty as they love to  Continue Reading »

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Group Visit letter

Last week I gave a group of ladies a tour around my studio and farm and I received a letter from their organiser today and I thought I would share this with you. Dear Jean, Following last Wednesdays visit to your studio and farm by the St. Peter’s Ladies Group, Brandon, I am writing to say  Continue Reading »

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INDIGO DYEING

The indigo vats have finally come to order and I am keen to dye some lovely silk I have had for some time now. I want to try the Arashi Shibori method as I have never attempted it before. Shibori is a Japanese term for several different methods of resist dyeing cloth to make patterns,  Continue Reading »

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Alpaca Shearing Day!

This is the big day for the alpacas – haircut, pedicure and if necessary tooth trim! We shear our alpacas once a year in early summer. Whilst some of the herd enter the shearing area fairly calmly but cautiously, others resist and are positively rebellious! They lie down refusing to move, they kick, scream and  Continue Reading »

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Making an Indigo Fermentation Vat

Last year’s woad is now in flower and looking lovely and my bees are really enjoying them. But his year’s woad plants are still too small to cut and I would think it will be a few more weeks yet before I can make my woad pigment. In the meantime – now the weather is  Continue Reading »

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