Felt From Fair Trade

Although I make a lot of felt items to sell I also buy felt from Fair Trade suppliers. Over the last few years I have visited many trade shows to talk to suppliers to ensure there is traceability of the gifts I was purchasing and they are part of a Fair Trade scheme which you can read about here https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/ . The supplier I now buy from has been a Fair Trade organisation for over 20 years in Nepal so they have been able to build and sustain relationships with the surrounding families and towns.

The wool used by the wonderful artistic Nepalese crafters is New Zealand wool , brought in a raw state which is then washed, carded and dyed with a fantastic rainbow of colours. Then comes the hard work with the wet felting. with some wool, warm water, soap and a lot of elbow grease you can make some fantastic items from small keyrings an inch wide to vast blankets and clothing. If you have never tried wet felting it is very therapeutic – you can book onto one of our workshops and try it your yourself when we get beyond Covid.

Take a leap

Just as well it is a leap year as I find myself with quite a few things still to do in February and a whole extra day will come in handy

So have you ever wondered about the history of the leap year?. For a date that comes around every 7 years there are a few theories as to its origin – lets take a leap into some of them.

Lets take a look at the origins of the Leap Year…..

So is it Norway , Ireland stories on the good old interweb suggest ladies from these faraway places could have been the influencer on finding a man and doing the asking of a hand in marriage.

Social Media – Friend or Foe?

Trying to build a small business is tough, and the added pressures of trying to keep up with the myriad of Social Media forums is time-consuming.

Facebook and Instagram are great for connecting with my customers and keeping them up to date with what I am doing and what crafts I am ferreting about with – this changes throughout the year!. I also love the interaction and getting comments back, I love to see alternatives to a product or craft be it felting, stamping, sewing – any craft will do.

So why is social media sometimes a FRIEND and sometimes a FOE?. Both these platforms use algorithms to get your post to your audience and sometimes it can work against you.

Quite often when I am writing a post it is really just a friendly ‘this is what I am up to’ – it is not a sales pitch to encourage people to buy something – as this is not something that comes naturally to me.

There are some proposed changes coming out to Facebook and Instagram so I apologise in advance if you see less or even more of me over the next few months going forward but if there are topics you would like me to write on – let me know…..