Friday, April 23, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Seaside soap and candle are here!

The soap is made from coconut oil and palm oil . If you have dry skin or rough hands . Right now I have from gardening. These soaps are soft to the skin ,>click on link
Visit us on the Bristol Rd Bristol to see Seaside soap and candle on display and for sale
Open Fri,Sat 10-4 Sun 1-4 till the season begins
Open Memorial Day weekend with regular hours

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Spring is time for shearing and spinning yarn!


Well, I am going to share two new blogs I have come across . One is my neighbor that I purchase fresh eggs from They also have a herd of  Coopworth sheep that they grow organically selling the meat and spinning the wool. Jim ,shepherd also is a woodworker and creates spindles and spinning tools. Check their blog out as they have wonderful  handmade items for sale! Next is a spinner that is taking you through the steps of washing a fleece and has a youtube link to watch. Her spinning experiences are fun reading and I enjoyed her keeping the art of spinning alive.Go to:

You can also find her products on Look on the margin of this blog to find her link.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Taxes paid in wool!

In 1645 all sheep were accounted for and wool export from England was stopped.The colonist held dear their valuable sheep . By 1660 there were 100,000 sheep in the colonies.For their success the colonies were penalized .By an enactment of the Massachusetts courts every house hold was required to produce 3 pounds of spun yarn every week for thirty weeks.If not they were fined 12 pence. An unmarried aunt,sister,was given the legal title of "spinster" at that time to help meet that new rule.
The breeding of sheep and the processing of wool and the spinning of wool became the all-important endeavors of every man ,woman and child early in the colony.Raising of sheep became common for many New Hampshire in the seventeenth century as apart of their existence..Rhode Island payed their taxes from 1665 to 1690 not with money but with wool.Excerpt from the book"Handwoven Textiles of New England"Handwoven Textiles of Early New England: The Legacy of a Rural People, 1640-1880

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Crafting a Business for budding craftspeople for Spring!

 Kathy Fitzgerald  wrote her book on Crafting a Business which has got Phyllis Leck ,Village Weaver in it. This describes here profile and how she came to be a weaver ,mother of three and wife of the Scottish Lion Wrought Iron, Andrew Leck.