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I live in Holland, but I am a New Zealander. In New Zealand we have sheep, lots of sheep. I know about sheep, and wool. I grew up around farms, I did my time working in the wool sheds, in the heat and the noise, among the sheep and the dogs and the shearers bent sweating over the sheep as they worked the fleece off with their rattling mechanical hand pieces. I worked beside them, scooping up the warm fleeces and flinging them over the sorting table, picking off the rough and dirty scraps, rolling the good fleece and pressing it into the bales ready for market. My hands were ingrained and brown with raw lanolin, and the warm wooly smell of the shearing shed, left quiet and resting at the end of the day, is still in my nostrils and my heart.

I love wool. I started spinning and dyeing my own wool just before my daughter was born. I used my first skeins to knit her first baby blanket, and I…

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  • Joined August 31, 2011

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Wool, fleece, Merino, roving, Alpaca, BFL, silk, mohair, bamboo, acid dyes

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I live in Holland, but I am a New Zealander. In New Zealand we have sheep, lots of sheep. I know about sheep, and wool. I grew up around farms, I did my time working in the wool sheds, in the heat and the noise, among the sheep and the dogs and the shearers bent sweating over the sheep as they worked the fleece off with their rattling mechanical hand pieces. I worked beside them, scooping up the warm fleeces and flinging them over the sorting table, picking off the rough and dirty scraps, rolling the good fleece and pressing it into the bales ready for market. My hands were ingrained and brown with raw lanolin, and the warm wooly smell of the shearing shed, left quiet and resting at the end of the day, is still in my nostrils and my heart.

I love wool. I started spinning and dyeing my own wool just before my daughter was born. I used my first skeins to knit her first baby blanket, and I colored it in lovely soft greens and pinks. There is something magical about handspun hand dyed wool, it makes heirloom items that have special meanings to those who use them.

When I moved to Holland I couldn't bring my spinning wheel, it was left in storage with my aunt (she who taught me to spin). So it was a great joy to me, on a holiday trip to New Zealand, to be able to flat pack my wheel (thank you Ashford for designing it that way!) into my suitcases to bring back here to Holland! It is with great delight that I have opened this, my second Etsy store, to share with you the wool I take so much pleasure in spinning and dyeing, I hope it brings you the same pleasure and helps you create your heirloom pieces made from the heart.

I can be found on Facebook, feel free to drop by and say hi :) http://www.facebook.com/woolwenchyarns
I also have a second Etsy shop for all my handmade accessories, made with my very favourite handspun yarns! Warped by WoolWench http://www.warpedbywoolwench.com

I am also proud to be a member of the New Zealand Spinning, Weaving & Woolcrafts Society http://www.creativefibre.org.nz

If you like original art, I have another shop here on Etsy, selling my artwork, marionettes, handmade cards and prints. If youre looking for a gift or special piece of art for your home, come and see me there at www.SuzyJaneB.Etsy.com

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