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What’s New At The Woolery – August 2018

While Fall/Winter might be our favorite seasons (because of all the warm woolies!), we also love the Summer because it’s the perfect time to stock up on some new products. We have all types of exciting things to show you this month.

African Fair Trade Stash Basket

Stash Baskets

We’ve had Fair Trade baskets before, but these are special because they are HUGE. You can fit a massive amount of your fiber stash in this 18-20″ tall 16-20″ diameter basket. Plus, you can feel good about your basket because proceeds from the sale help to provide healthcare, school fees, and community buildings for the weavers and their children.

Galina Turkish Spindles

Galina Turkish Spindles

These handcrafted spindles come in 3 different sizes, Small, Medium, and Tiny! We also have 4 different wood options for you; Beechwood, Mahogany, Wenge, and Zebrawood. The quality of the craftsmanship of these is very impressive.

Galina Hand Painted Turkish Spindles

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How cute are those little sheep! We’re completely head over heels for these new handcrafted Turkish spindles featuring adorable hand painted designs. These are complete spindles with all three parts, the photo above just shows the separate cross arms so you can see the designs. Right now we have sheep, alpacas, and rose designs. We’re able to get different ones as well so if you have suggestions on what spindle designs you’d like to see let us know in the comments!

Handywoman Pattern Stick Shuttles

Handywoman Stick Shuttle

Pattern shuttles are used to create interesting patterns in your weaving projects. The Handywoman Pattern stick shuttles have a gentle curve on one side and a more severe curve pattern on the other. These are laser cut and then the edges are beveled by hand to aid in beating the pattern into place.  Each shuttle is handmade and hand sanded and waxed to a satin shine so no two will be exactly alike.

Pineapple Fiber Top

Pineapple Fiber Top

If you’re into trying new and unique fibers, this Pineapple Fiber Top is going be right up your alley. This biodegradable cellulose fiber is harvested from actual pineapple plants. It’s cool to the touch so it makes for an excellent summertime next to skin fabric. Also, we can’t stop thinking about spinning it together with our Banana Top and Milk Protein Top to make a tropical fruit smoothie yarn!

Bluegrass Mills Hemp Yarn

Bluegrass Mills Hemp Yarn

Our hemp yarn is derived from line fiber from the highest quality European fair trade hemp.  This hemp is processed in the traditional manner of water rettting, breaking, scutching and hackling which produces the high quality long fiber.  This is not “cottonized” hemp fiber produced by harsh chemical treatment.

In other news, we have a brand new floor model that we’re really excited about! It comes flat packed in these boxes:

Ashford Jack Loom Boxes

Any guesses to what it is? Keen eyes will spot that it’s from Ashford.

Ashford Jack Loom Packing

Hmmm what could it be? Is that a shuttle in the far right corner?

It’s the Ashford Jack Loom!

Ashford Jack Loom Woolery Floor Model

It’s back after 10 years of being out of of production! Ashford brought their Jack Loom back by popular demand and we couldn’t be more excited. We currently have the only floor model in North America! So if you’re interested in seeing this loom in person, plan a trip to visit us!

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What’s New at The Woolery – June 2018

How has your Spring been going? We’re about to kick into Summer and we have been preparing by stocking up some fun new stuff!

Bluegrass Mills Silk Yarn

Bluegrass Mills Silk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are so excited to have this new, exclusive to The Woolery, 100% Extra Grade Mulberry Silk yarn! It’s available in both 20/2 and 60/2 in 8 vibrant colors. This is the perfect yarn to make your next weaving project extra special. Please note that this yarn is sold by the cone, not by weight, each cone is about 250g of yarn (+/-3%).

Snyder Glider Turkish Spindles

Snyder Glider Turkish Spindles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are each individually handcrafted by Scott Snyder and come in a few different exotic hardwood options like Zebrawood, Tiger Maple, Padauk, and Leopardwood. Each one is a unique work of art. There are 3 different sizes: Mini, Medium, and Large, so there should be one to fit every spinner’s different needs.

Deluxe Book Charkha

Deluxe Book Charkha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imported from India this is the authentic “Gandhi” Charkha Wheel. You might recall Ben Kingsley in the movie spinning on one of these. Hand-crafted in teak by an Indian firm for domestic users (yes, they are still used today), the most popular size is the book Charkha.

This deluxe model provides the familiar smooth “feel” of spinning on a traditional spinning wheel.

Lots of New Books!

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We started carrying over 20 new books! They focus on all types of different fiber arts: dyeing, weaving, spinning, just about anything your heart could want. Peruse over our Books/Magazines  section of the website to see what we have. One of our more unique book offerings is Wool and Wine by John Martin. This book tells the stories of the people behind unique pairings of yarn and wine – how they got their start, where they are headed and what has happened along the way. Captured in 175 stunning photos and featuring 12 family run wineries and 12 independent dyers from across North America and Europe, the book brings together yarn, wine, food recipes, knitting patterns and projects from some of today’s most prominent knitting designers in a fun, engaging package with a little something for everyone.

KISS Triangle Looms

KISS Triangle Looms YouTube Video

Continuous Strand Weaving is one of our favorite weaving methods and these triangle looms are a great platform for it! Use these triangles looms to make all kinds of projects from scarves, blankets, purses, vests, and skirts. Loom disassembles for easy transport and storage. They come in 3′, 4′, and 5′ sizes (size measured by the length of the hypotenuse).

Banana Top

Banana Top

Unique fibers are something that we are always on the lookout for, so we can’t wait to share this Banana Fiber with you! It is a natural bast fiber.  Due to its lightweight and comfortable hand, banana fiber is popular in Japan for use in summer wear as well as traditional kimono and kamishimo garments.

Banana fiber blends easily with cotton and other natural fibers. It is similar in appearance to bamboo and ramie fiber. However, banana fiber is finer and easier to spin than either bamboo or ramie. Our favorite feature is: it is biodegradable and has no negative environmental effects, a true eco-friendly fiber.

We hope you are as excited by all of these fun new products as we are!

 

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What’s New At The Woolery – March 2018

It’s been an exciting month so far at The Woolery, we have all kinds of awesome new stuff to share with you. Let’s get right to the goods!

Calico Farm Stone Drop Spindle 

Calico Farm Stone Drop Spindle

You know we love a gorgeous handmade spindle, and these are no exception. These beautiful drop spindles are handmade by Anna Anderson. She uses the proceeds from the spindles to fund her organization, Wooly Rescue, which helps fiber animals and horses suffering from neglect. These spindles weigh 1oz to 1.25oz and each are tested for smooth and balanced spinning. We have five different stone options for you to choose from.

The Supplementary Beater

The Supplementary Beater

This is a great way to mix up your weaving and add some uniqueness to your next project. The Supplementary Beater comes in two sizes, Large and Small. These are expertly crafted out of hard maple in Rhode Island and are lightly oiled for a smooth finish.

Rosie’s Bobbin Speed Winder Insert

Dani shows you exactly how to use this awesome tool in the video above, it’s a super economical way to have a bobbin winder at home! Use with your cordless screwdriver / drill (not included). Place your boat shuttle bobbin on the end and go. Makes bobbin winding fast, easy and efficient. Made specifically to fit Schacht and Leclerc bobbins; it will not fit Ashford boat shuttle bobbins.

The Woolery Dining Room Set Weaving Kit

The Woolery Dining Room Weaving Set

Designed by Nancy Reid, Woolery’s own weaving teacher, this kit has everything needed to weave 4 placemats, a table runner and 4 napkins using Cestari’s Monticello Collection, a blend of 75% Virginia cotton and 25% linen.  The placemats and table runner are in plain weave and the napkins are huckle lace. We have 4 different color schemes for the kits, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.

Zoom Loom Swatch Critter Kit – Sidney the Sheep

Zoom Loom Swatch Critter Kit

We have loved the Zoom Loom Swatch Critter Kits from DJE Handwovens for a long time, they’re the perfect answer to the question, “What do I do with these little squares from the Zoom Loom?” We’re super excited to have some new critters for you to weave! The kits come with the yarn and all the instructions to make the cute little critters.

Jenkins Turkish Spindles

These aren’t actually a new product, but we did just get a brand new shipment of them in and they always sell out quick. Plus, we just dropped a YouTube video explaining all the different shapes and sizes of Jenkins spindles that we carry. Ed Jenkins’ life passion is working with wood, producing items with creativity, ingenuity and years of experience. Each spindle is made one at a time by Ed’s hands without computerized machinery. Each of Ed’s spindles is a one-of-a-kind work of art. Please note that the pictures shown are a representation of the colors and grains typical of the various wood types. Some spindles will also have hand-drawn designs or decorations on them. If you have questions about a particular spindle, please contact us or call the shop at 800-441-9665.

 

 

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What’s New at The Woolery – January 2018

It’s a new year and that means it’s time for… new stuff! We’re always getting fun new items here, but there is something extra fun about getting new things while we’re just starting out in 2018.

Rosie’s Dyed Bamboo Top

Rosie's Dyed Bamboo Top

We’re really excited about our new Rosie’s Dyed Bamboo Top! Bamboo fiber is made from bamboo pulp obtained through a process of hydrolysis and bleaching bamboo stems. This pulp is then wet spun in the same way as other pulp based fibers. This fiber is dyed in seven different vibrant colors.

 

Akerworks Swatch Gauge

Akerworks Swatch Gauge

This is the only swatch gauge tool you’re going to need! It offers both inches and centimeters and allows you to check both row and stitch gauge. The gripping teeth keep the tool in place so it doesn’t slip around while you are measuring.

 

Studio Craft as Career: A Guide To Achieving Excellence in Art-Making

Studio Craft as Career

If you’re thinking about turning your fiber art into a career, this could be a great read for you. Paul J. Stankard offers advice on self-directed learning as well as featuring 50 different art masters with their own works and advice for making a career out of art.

 

Wrist Ruler

Wrist Ruler

How cute are these? This is a handmade leather bracelet that is also a functioning ruler featuring both inches and centimeters! You’ll never be kicking yourself forgetting your tape measure again. They are super useful and stylish.

 

Erica Loom Stainless Steel Reeds

Erica Loom Stainless Steel Reed

Stainless steel reeds might not sound that exciting but if you are an owner of the Louet Erica Table Loom then they definitely are. We had these specially made for The Woolery and they offer the ability to weave with 6, 8, 12, or 15 dents. Previously the Erica was only able to weave with 10 but this makes it much more versatile!

 

Cestari Ashlawn Collection Yarn

Cestari Ashlawn Collection Yarn

New yarn is the best yarn. This new 75% cotton 25% wool yarn from Cestari is a 3ply DK weight. It’s Virginia cotton and merino wool and it comes in 8 different beautifully muted colors.

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What’s New at The Woolery – December 2017

It’s still the beginning of December but we’ve already got lots of really fun new items to share with you this month! Also, we’re getting close to a lot of our Christmas Shipping Deadlines so we wanted to share all these cool things with you as soon as possible.

Ashford e-Spinner 3

Ashford e-Spinner 3

This is one that we have been excited and waiting patiently for it’s arrival. It’s one of the smallest lightest and most versatile electronic spinners on the market. No treadling required! Nancy has been taking some time to get to know the e-Spinner 3 and made this video to show off her new favorite toy:

 

KCL Woods – 6″ Shuttle

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Is there anything better than using a beautiful handmade tool to create your own beautiful handmade project? We’re completely head over heels for these gorgeous shuttles made by Ken Ledbetter of KCL Woods. Aside from being beautiful they also have a comfortable placing for your thumb and a low profile to make throwing easy and quick.

 

Natural Cinnamon Cotton Sliver

Natural Cinnamon Cotton Sliver

Cotton doesn’t have to just be white! This beautiful cinnamon colored Sliver is completely natural and dye-free. It’s easy to spin up and a great cotton for those just starting out spinning cotton. This comes packaged in 8oz bags.

 

Nistock Skein Winder

Nistock Skein Winder

Designed and manufactured on an upstate NY sheep farm, this is the last skein winder you will ever purchase. The sturdy design can be used as a swift of skein winder and there is an option to include a counter that keeps track of each revolution of the arms so you can keep track of yardage.

 

Rosie’s Premium Wool Dryer Balls

Wool Dryer Balls

Add some wool to your laundry! These 100% New Zealand Wool eco-friendly dryer balls will reduce your drying time by up to 25%! They last for over 1,000 dryer loads and control static cling and wrinkles.

Plus, we have another favorite use for them aside from laundry, they make great starters for needle felting projects! How adorable is this ornament Perri made in our November class taught by Pat Pawlowicz? That’s a dryer ball at the center of the ornament!

Felted ornament using a dryer ball

What’s New At The Woolery – November 2017

We’re starting something new on the blog, every month we’re going to give you a run down of some of our favorite new products! We are always getting so many new items that it’s easy to miss some great things, so this will give you the chance to stay in the loop. Let’s get to it!

Felted Acorn Kit

Felted Acorn Kit

First up we have this completely adorable Felted Acorn Kit. It arrived just in time for Fall decorating. This is a wet felting kit so it’s great for kids (no sharp needles involved) and it comes with instructions and materials that are perfect for the beginner felter. If you are looking to start needle felting we also have a new Needle Felting Starter Kit!

Guatemalan Shoulder Bag

Guatemalan Shoulder Bag

The day these came in everyone working immediately flocked to them and started picking out their favorites. They come in 3 different sizes so they will work for any bag need you have. Plus they have a super useful pocket on the back side that is the perfect size to keep your phone safe. Also if you’re giving Fair Trade this year, this would be a fantastic present!

Tubular Spectrum Cotton Yarn

Tubular Spectrum Cotton Yarn

You know we love yarn so we are always excited when a new one comes in, but look at those colors! These are really special cones of 100% mercerized cotton. They come in over 25 colors that are vivid, intense, and very color fast. Keep your hand woven projects looking great even after several washings by choosing the right yarn.

Ivory Tussah Silk Top

Ivory Tussah Silk Top

If you’re a spinner who hasn’t tried silk yet, this is for you! Tussah silk is regarded to be easier to use for handspinning than bombyx silk because it is slightly coarser (but still will make very silky smooth yarn) which makes it feel less slippery. This light color will be perfect for dying and you’ll have your own beautiful handspun silk skeins in no time.

Schacht Lilli Loom 

Schacht Lilli Loom

Weave on the go! This new travel sized tapestry loom from Schacht is the perfect loom to accompany you while you are out and about. You can set the warp to either 6 or 12 ends per inch so it is versatile as well as portable. It also features no slip teeth so your warp isn’t going to go anywhere while you take your project with you.