FormerlyFleece

Unique handmade textiles, ceramics and art.

Leitrim, Ireland · 67 Sales

FormerlyFleece

Unique handmade textiles, ceramics and art.

Leitrim, Ireland 67 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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Christine

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Announcement   Welcome here! I am intrigued by materials, colours, patterns - and sheep. All this shows in my work.
In knitting I use wool from my pet sheep., My current wool work couldn't be what it is without the fleeces they grow and carry for a year, without the colours that the vegetation around us normally keeps secret.

But I'm adding work made from stash yarns, older and other type of work to my shop gradually, as well as pottery, which is the newest craft I practice. Just look around. Find out more on my About page. And perhaps come back once in a while to see more of my work.

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Last updated on Jan 2, 2017

Welcome here! I am intrigued by materials, colours, patterns - and sheep. All this shows in my work.
In knitting I use wool from my pet sheep., My current wool work couldn't be what it is without the fleeces they grow and carry for a year, without the colours that the vegetation around us normally keeps secret.

But I'm adding work made from stash yarns, older and other type of work to my shop gradually, as well as pottery, which is the newest craft I practice. Just look around. Find out more on my About page. And perhaps come back once in a while to see more of my work.

I'm a proud member of etsyirelandteam

Christine

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Some background and information relating to my shop

As an artist by heart and mind I was always busy practicing various kinds of arts and crafts, including spinning and weaving. And I notice I can't tell a congruent story.

For some of my knitted items I use traditional techniques. For others I use a method I developed myself over the years that produces textured colour patterns, which is indeed a mixture of weaving and knitting principles. These items are very unique. You won't find them, anywhere else.

Pottery is the newest of my crafts, and more ceramic pieces will appear here in my shop in the future.

My knitting life is rather long by now. There's one person who influenced me enormously. By making and knitting beautiful things for me and others as long as I can think, my mother. And I want to thank her here.

A few years after I had moved to Ireland a few stray sheep arrived and convinced me to keep more.

I will add work made from stash yarns, older work from my treasure chests to this shop as well as other work gradually, but an important step was the discovery of a spinning mill in Cornwall that does spin small amounts of wool for customers. Right beside this text is a link to a post on my old blog where I told part of a story you might wish to read.

I did go back to natural dyeing since, because I think the colours obtained by it fit well with the yarn. In contrast to earlier times I use almost only vegetation that grows here, no imported dyestuffs anymore.

I'm lucky that our old farmhouse has a large tank in which the rainwater from the roof is collected.
Rain water is best for natural dyeing. It's also used for watering the garden, polytunnel and as drinking water for the sheep.

Naturally obtained colours age in time and may fade, when exposed to direct sunlight for prolonged times. My plant dyed and woollen work needs to be hand washed not too frequently with care. Never ever throw it into the washing machine.

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  • Christine

    Owner, Creator, Photographer

    Born and grown up in Germany I live in Ireland for more than two decades, became a shepherd at one stage, and use yarn from my sheep for my knits. An artist by heart and mind I practiced many art and craft forms so far. Pottery is just the newest.

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Last updated on April 11, 2016
Welcome to my shop!

Welcome here, where you can find one of a kind hand knit accessories and art.
I am intrigued by colours and patterns, and this shows in my work.

Please don't hesitate to contact me with any queries you have.

I'm open to custom orders. However, please be aware that colours are not easily repeatable. Plants for dyeing are also only available at certain times of the year.

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Payment
I accept payment by PayPal and Etsy direct payment. Etsy gift cards are also accepted.

I would appreciate payment to be made within 3 days of a purchase.
Items cannot be shipped until payment is received.
Shipping
I ship worldwide with the regular Irish Postal service, AnPost.

✈ Shipping cost unless indicated otherwise, is for Standard shipping (no tracking or insurance).

However, if you wish to upgrade to registered post, simply convo me, and I will send you the revised cost for shipping.

I ship promptly, usually within 3 business days after receipt of payment

Please be aware that the customer will be responsible for all taxes , customs fees or other amounts levied by your home country.
Refunds and Exchanges
Should you be unhappy with your purchase , please notify me immediately, so that we may have a chance to come to a resolution.

The customer may return their purchase within 14 days of receipt.

Once I receive it , in it's original condition, I will refund the cost of the item. Cost of postage cannot be refunded.
Additional policies and FAQs
The wool I use in my work was formerly worn for a year through often inclement weather by a small flock of sheep on the hill where I live. After the fleeces were clipped off them they were sent to a mill for spinning. Some of the yarn was dyed there to organic standard. The rest is naturally dyed in small quantities in my kitchen with various vegetation that also lives on and around my hill: in hedgerows, woods, my garden; on pastures and along small roads.

After that I knitted the items I offer here with expertise and passion for the sheep, their wool, the location, the flora, the craft.

The Aran type yarn, evenly and smoothly spun, reflects the rustic character and climate of the landscape from which it originates. My yarns are not as soft as merino or synthetics, however, but robust and resilient; knitted they are not prone to develop those awkward nubs you get with softer wools, and, in my experience, take longer than many others to soak up water.

Naturally obtained colours age in time and may fade, when exposed to direct sunlight for prolonged times. My work needs to be hand washed not too frequently with care. Never ever throw it into the washing machine.

(With all items depicted digitally you have to accept that actual colours vary for various reasons from those shown on your screen.)