“Shawl” sample

Having realised the potential of finger crochet, I began work on a shawl… only – as I still couldn’t get the tension right – it turned into more of a mini blanket (see picture). Despite the shrinkage, I felt I could be pleased with the technique I was using, and the general appearance. Again I …

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Meanwhile… Wood

As a 12-year-old tomboy, faced with the prospect of Home Economics classes, I rebelled. “I don’t want to do cooking,” I declared. “I want to do WOODWORK.” The school’s response was decisive: they said, “Don’t be stupid, you’re a GIRL,” and packed me off to flipping cookery lessons. I refused to take part, and my …

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Finger Crochet

So, not long after learning to crochet during a New-Year visit to my sister, and struggling to work my new crochet skills on my own yarn, I realised I was never going to get the tension right with a hook. And besides, the hook my sister had given me was a no.5, and my favoured …

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Learning to crochet

I’ve always loved crochet, and have long wanted to learn how to do it – so when my sister proudly showed off her novice (but accomplished) Christmas-decorations at New Year, I badgered her into showing me how to do it. So, while half-watching Esio Trot (I’ve always loved Dustin Hoffman too), I experimented with my …

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Meanwhile… Enamel

I’ve had a love affair with enamel since I was a child – maybe just because it’s shiny!! Even as an adult, I still opt for the enamel version of anything: it shouts “quality” and “longevity” and, most importantly to me, “BEAUTY”. When we talk about enamel in the art sense, we’re talking about vitreous …

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Welcome – Introduction!

Hello! I’m Leigh: plier of wool, herder of children, and drinker of (possibly too much) coffee. I’m having a long blog-break at the moment, but please browse the archive of weekly posts about all things beautiful and/or quirky. Between musings about my own wool-weaving (and how ridiculously excited I can get about the arrival of …

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Six-colour snood

I was so pleased to get this commission, not least because allowed me to play around with wool of many colours – many favourite activity – and create something new and beautiful. Making a six-colour snood seemed straightforward in principle – the standard snood as two strands (even if it’s only one-colour), and I’d already made …

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Thank you!

With the Christmas rush over, and the stock mostly replenished, it’s time to stand back (or maybe, sit down), and take a look at what just happened! I want to start by thanking everyone who supports me: firstly my customers, who gave me the best first-Christmas ever! Secondly all my fellow arty-crafties in the virtual …

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Meanwhile… Hot air balloons

There is something about hot-air balloons that inspire a child-like pleasure in us all: their colour, the peace and tranquility they convey, the freedom… If you’ve never been up in a balloon, I recommend it – even if you’re scared of heights*. There is nothing quite like floating silently above the planet (no rush of …

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Three-colour snood

The year started with a custom, three-colour, order in mustard yellow, charcoal, and green. This is the first snood I’ve made in three colours, and I was delighted with how it turned out – super thick and even warmer, and only 50g heavier! You can order this one by visiting its page on Etsy, or …

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Tweet me!

Are you on Twitter? I tweet about arts, crafts, photography, colour, humour, Scotland, nature, and all else that’s beautiful, including snoods (obviously). Also with occasional references to coffee. I would love to see you there, so please come and find me at wildbrookwool… look out for my avatar during #handmadehour, #crafthour, and #sussexhour too :o) …

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Meanwhile… The Travelling Tree

The Travelling Tree event is artist and creator Helene Barrott’s way of sharing her art, and creating new art in the process. This is no virtual tree-tour, where people feature a picture on their blogs or facebook pages, but a real-life tour, where participants get to host the actual artwork. The deal is they must …

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Vacuum-packed wool

I’d never seen this method of transporting yarn before. It came from an eBay seller (spinsneedles) and the dispatch note read, “We’ve vacuum packed your yarn as this enables us to give free p&p and means it will go through the letterbox”. There was an added assurance that the wool had not be squashed long …

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Fleecy Snoods

I was very excited to find this fleecy yarn – it’s as soft and snuggly as the merino/alpaca wool I use, but in a different way. But not long after I discovered it, I discovered it had been discontinued, so these fleecy snoods are seriously limited edition! They are available in seven colours (all named …

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Meanwhile… Baubles

Today, I’m featuring these baubles, which I think are so lovely I’m inspired to learn how to crochet! (Just as soon as I have time…) The pattern for these can be bought as a download for £2.60 from Planet Penny’s Etsy shop – along with many lovely lovely things, including the yarn used to make …

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New photos for the shop

Two of my lovely friends, Andrea and Lou, agreed to model some of my snoods, so you can see what they look like on real people! We had a hilarious time, having lugged a large sack (of snoods) through the woods, wondering just how suspect we looked! The weather was kind to us, Andrea and …

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Meanwhile… Artichicks

In my mind, Artichicks is synonymous with colour, talent, beauty, and masses of quirk! As far as I can tell, new works fly off the shelf, and it’s not hard to see why. The regular facebook-photos like this one brighten my days :o) Find Artichicks on facebook and twitter. Follow Wildbrook Woollies on facebook for …

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Etsy shop update

All the tweed-style snoods are now available in the shop, along with 45 other colours or colour mixes! If there’s a mix you want, but can’t see, let me know; I’m happy to make custom orders :o) For reference, the tweed-style snoods have an added fleck in the yarn, and I think they’re gorgeous! For …

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The tweed-style collection!

All eight tweed-style snoods are now in existence: they come in pink, orange, beige, green, blue, purple, white, and taupe, all with added flecks to give the tweed effect. Rest assured, they are still as soft, warm, and lightweight as all the other snoods, and they are still made from a gentle merino/alpaca woolly yarn. …

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Facebook

Have you seen the Wildbrook Woollies facebook page yet?! As well as snood-news, I share all kinds of other folks’ arty crafty stuff, including contemporary art, photography, embroidery, crochet, and so on. I try to share something each day… something that will make you laugh, or say “wow”, or both. Either way, it will be …

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Meanwhile… Isobel Moore

I found this on facebook today, from the incredibly talented Isobel Moore. You can buy this picture, and three more like it as postcards from her etsy shop (see link below). Find this, and more from Isobel Moore, at her etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/threadnoodle Follow Wildbrook Woollies on facebook: facebook.com/wildbrookwoollies  

Twitter Hours

If you’re on twitter and fancy joining me for some topic-related chat, just click on a hashtag (or search for it on twitter), during the given times to find lots of like-minded folk, and many many pictures of beautiful things! #wineoclock – Mondays to Fridays, 6-7pm #womaninbiz – Mondays to Fridays, 6-7pm #buyonlinehour – Mondays, …

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