Eeek - I've done it. The fleece is on etsy. I spent a bit of time yesterday seeing what else was listed and what sort of prices people charged. I couldn't find any plant dyed fleece and no cotswold and prices ranged from $12 for 2oz and some lower. So I decided to pitch my wool at $10 for the packet and guess what? I've had my first sale. It was Lucia. I love her.
Did I tell you what a good felting fleece cotswold is? I found this info on google: "Much quicker to felt than the other lustrous longwools. The finished felt is full of movement and texture created by the long curly staple and the surface has a slight sheen. Although this is an exceptionally soft fleece it will harden to a fairly firm felt. It is a creamy white shade – much richer than most white fleece". I'm wondering if I should make if I should make up a few kits to include some felting needles, some foam and the fibre. However, I don't have any instructions for anything and I think that would help too. Do you think a kit without instructions is OK?
Look what I made yesterday:
They're bunnies made with my dyed blanket and filled with a sachet of lavender. I found the free pattern here and thought it would be a lovely thing for the children to have in bed to help them sleep. The lady with the pattern used a plain fabric I think because hers was a wheat bag but as you know I need to use up my blanket. I used fabric for the middles so that the smell of lavender would come through. Oh, and the lavender is contained in a sachet/bag that I made using the same fabric as the middles. The bunnies are filled with sheep's fleece otherwise. If you want to know what the colours are: brazilwood on the left, then logwood, indigo and cochineal.
It's Sunday morning but I have to dash because I'm taking Amber to the hairdressers. She's decided that she's fed up with long hair and wants a change. I think it's just going to be shorter with some layers that's all. The hairdresser won't let her cut it off I'm sure.
11.25am. I'm back. Stupidly I waited with her rather than coming back home and we were there for what seemed like all morning. Still the haircut is lovely but she looks like she's sixteen not just thirteen. Here are before and after pics from the back - she had it straightened too.