Wow! Are we busy!

Wow! Are we busy!

We want to say a HUGE thank you to all our customer-friends!   We so appreciate you and your kindness!  You have helped us to have our best month ever…  160 orders in the month of March 2017!

We normally average about 80-90 orders a month, so this was quite a lot more!  A couple times we’ve had to have friends come and help and we hustle pretty much every day on our works.

We sure do appreciate your patience as we get through orders.  Trust us, we would love to have everything in stock and ready to ship the next day, but we’re just a little family run shop right now, just basically we three ladies and we’re just not there yet.  Someday!

We try and work all the orders as they come in.  We have started to get a wee bit of inventory done, mostly things like shuttles, lease sticks and weaving needles.  These items are simpler then our weaving looms and often once we set up to do some, an extra couple is not hard.  And if you order some of our decals or weaving cards, they might go out pretty quickly because they don’t have to go through the wood shop.

Jessy handles all the shipping and packing of orders!   She has help often but she is the manager of it all.  She deals with all the shipping and tracking information as well as entering the listings and doing all the photography for new items.  She has a full time job these days!  She also handles her own company, Dragon Mountain Treasures, which sells rocks and mineral kits to kids!

Wow!  It’s a cool story, actually.  You have helped to keep our little village post office open!  It was scheduled to close, which would have been sad!  (It’s only a 1/3 a mile from our homestead farm!)  But when we moved in with all our mail order business, they had to keep it open!   There is another fellow in town that makes and sells pocket knives and such and between us, we provide a whole town with a close by post office and the staff’s jobs!  There are two nice ladies that work there.   I think that is really nifty, don’t you?

Thanks to everyone!!!  We sure appreciate it!

Designing our Wool Picker

Designing our Wool Picker

One of the products that we have wanted to offer is a personal wool picker.  Something strong and functional for the fiber artist that is also easy to store and use.  We envision the spinner or weaver that processes a few fleeces a year.  And best of all, we want it to be extremely reasonable in price!  We feel that many fiber tools are just too expensive for what they are.  It makes the craft difficult for people to get into because of the investment of the tools that make it easy and enjoyable.

That being said, the picker is a rather complicated beast!  It involves a good deal of cabinetry skills, clamps, lots of holes drilled and nails placed at angles.  Maggie and Mom spent an afternoon with a set of basic plans and began to try and build one to specs…  not much alteration.  We wanted to see how one goes together and how it works when finished so that we could put our Windhaven spin on the thing!

One thing that we did notice right off the top is that this design is a little too short.  We would like to see the ends extend out more, to give you a longer stroke of the top piece and pull the wool over the points.  That’s easy enough to do when we get to production.

We found there is a bit too many pieces to cut and clamp…  we can make it a lot easier and more sound by using a router for the track and such.  The instructions we were following were clearly for a very minimal workshop without a lot of nifty tools!   That’s fine, but we want to make something that will be in your family for years and years if you wish!  And we want to be able to make it in a way that doesn’t take hours and hours!

 

We love making things!  And making them better!  Maggie really has an eye for how to craft things in wood!   Not sure where she got it, but she sure understands it all.  It’s remarkable to watch her make and figure things out.  Mom Sherri is the weaver and a class A tinker designer as well, so these two get together and some neat things happen!   It’s how most of our looms and tools have been developed!

Looking good!  Everything works, the tines line up pretty good and we are happy with the router edge and how it is functioning.  Still need to finish sand and wax it up and apply a handle.  But so far, so good!

Now, it’s into the studio to start working and get tested.  We already have a few things we’d like to change and we will!   But we thought we would share with you how we do things around here.  We decide to make something and research it.  Then we make a few prototypes and test them.  Sometimes we test for weeks and months!   We want to make sure it’s ready for production and our customers!   It’s very important to us.  We will release no tool before it’s time.

We’ll be sure to let everyone know when it is finally ready!

All about Heddles!

All about Heddles!

If you are curious about how heddles work in inkle weaving, we thought we would make a little movie to help out!  There is a sort of science all about how best to make nice heddles and how long and such that they should be.  We hope this little movie helps out!

 

 

Check out our Friend’s New Etsy Page!

Check out our Friend’s New Etsy Page!

You just have to go and take a look at our friend Jess’s new Etsy page!   She’s been making things for a while now, but her work is so very nice and clever as well!  I adore her grumpy little dolls…  you just have to go and read the descriptions of them!  This naughty little lady called 911 on her Dad!!!!  Hahaha….

 

She has a beautiful herd of Angora goats and makes the most delightful rugs and hand spun yarns from this beautiful mohair fibers!!!  Even sells some raw and ready for your own spinning.  And if you have never spun mohair…  you are in for a treat.  It’s like angel hair, so soft and amazing.  Takes to dying really well too!

And if that was not enough…  she and her clever hubby make these super fun dog toys!  Evee and Ratchet, our dogs, absolutely love them and offer their own testimony…  these are so fun to tug and fetch!

So please…  go and say hello, look around, like some of the items and maybe even make some your own!   She’s a wonderful friend and in fact, I bought my very first loom from her!  She got me back into weaving after YEARS AND YEARS away!!!!  (I won’t tell you how long ago it was that I had a little time weaving…  Let’s just say that I was living at home and starting my first year of college! Wow!)

Here’s her shop…  

Blackhorn Fiber Farm

Just click and visit!!!

Thanks everyone!!!