Doespins

Luscious hand dyed and handspun yarns dyed in NZ.

Oamaru, New Zealand | 79 Sales

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Announcement   May 2015
I thought it was time I activated this shop and made my products more accessible online.
So I'm very excited to finally begin listing my yarns and make them available to a wider audience. Thank you for looking and don't hesitate to contact me for more information.

Announcement

May 2015
I thought it was time I activated this shop and made my products more accessible online.
So I'm very excited to finally begin listing my yarns and make them available to a wider audience. Thank you for looking and don't hesitate to contact me for more information.

Doe

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Doe

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About

I love to work with natural fibres and particularly alpaca and wool. Dyeing, weaving, spinning and crafting.

I'm a Brit living in the South Island of New Zealand. I've raised two children here.
I learnt to knit and crochet as a child and began spinning in my twenties. Living in New Zealand has been challenging as our small nuclear family has had to go it alone without the support of extended family and Grandparents.We are all very independent and self-sufficient. Compared to other countries of its size New Zealand is very empty population wise. Our towns and cities are well spread apart with lots of countryside between. I'm always amazed at the blackness of our night sky with very little light pollution. It makes star gazing very satisfying.
I weave on two floor looms, many of my fabrics incorporate my handspun yarns.
I co-founded The Oamaru Textile Emporium nine years ago. We're a physical shop in a big Victorian stone building that sells textiles, yarns, spinning and weaving equipment. Our textiles are created by a talented co-operative of local people who help man the shop.

I enjoy selecting raw fleece and fibre locally where possible to spin many of my yarns, which I may dye with either natural plant dyes or acid wool dyes. I do love the natural sheep colours too. I dye a selection of commercially milled yarns too. I try to select from New Zealand made yarn but it is a limited choice as most of the spinning mills here have closed so I also buy UK and Peruvian milled yarns too.

I would love to own my own small mill so I could spin bigger quantities of the yarns I want to sell and use from the beautiful wool that is grown here. Most New Zealand wool is shipped overseas in its raw state.
I consider myself a micro spinning mill as I own and use several spinning wheels, electric spinner and carder which I use daily. Spinning is like breathing to me. I like to spin every day . The filling bobbins satisfy my desire to achieve daily small goals and relax my mind and body.

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Last updated on May 1, 2015
I'm totally addicted to yarn. Sometimes I don't even want to do anything with it but display it and fondle it. I thinks it's because I find the spinning or dyeing of yarn so satisfying that I'm able to let it go to a new home and be the next stage in someone else's creation. I'm always thrilled when people show me what they made from my yarn.
I use natural soap and dish washing detergent to clean all my fibres and yarns. I prefer my yarns un-scented. I don't use any conditioners. I recommend that articles made with my yarn are hand washed gently in warm soapy water and rinsed with similar temperature water. Give the article a gentle squeeze and dry flat.
A PH neutral dish washing detergent is recommended for the naturally plant dyed yarns as the colours are sensitive to acidic or alkaline conditions.

There are natural variations from skein to skein with both hand dyes and hand spinning although I try to match batches of yarn as closely as possible. Please buy enough yarn for your project as the next batch I dye of that colour will not match exactly.

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If you are unhappy with your purchase I will refund your money (excluding return postage) providing the goods are returned to me unused within 14 days.
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I'd appreciate prompt payment. Any goods not paid for after two days will be re-listed for sale.
New Zealand buyers can contact me regarding paying by direct credit into my bank account.