Friday, October 21, 2016

Almost Halloween Time and ... style

After the whole storm and the huge tree that fell down on half of our yard, not to mention the no electricity thing, I have been trying my best to get back on top of things because , well, you know, lots of things needed doing: rare sheep breed adventures dyed, blended and dried and spun, the October sock club dyed and dried and skeined and patterns to be made, the huge amount of batts that needed to be carded and all the tops to be dyed, dried, braided and labelled and then…..all needed to be parcelled up and shipped. Yep, no rest for the wicked…it was a huge amount of work, but! Happy to say that all the parcels went out early this week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday AND I can start on the next things on my seemingly never ending list.

In the midst of it all I try to keep my sanity by watching politics and comedy (hard to separate the two at the moment) and preparing for the workshops I am doing next week at a retreat. People may not be aware but I really, really am a shy, introvert kind of person (I’m sure I told you this before but I am just reminding myself more than . I love learning new things, being creative and no, I can honestly say, I am not a social butterfly. Maybe it stems from being a single child without any siblings and then having to take care of my parents at a very early age, which may have attributed to the fact that partying and socialising was not among my key pass times. You wonder where this is going, I’m Well, the thing is , I have been in this fibre business , professionally (meaning I have to survive from what I make and do myself, no, here is no other income) for over 12 years. And as with everything, I have always kept a very open mind. I have always been very welcoming and ALWAYS shared information and processes. Why? Because I am a firm believer of the fact that everybody , whatever they do, whether they are a painter, a designer, a dyer, a spinner or a weaver or a writer: EVERYBODY IS DIFFERENT! You can hand 5 people the same skein or top of naked yarn or fibre and you will, at the end of the day, get 5 different variations of a theme. That is my belief. Even, and there are a lot of people out there that do not share my positive enthusiasm, if you think that evil forces will come and plagiarise your work, or try and imitate what you are doing, please, I beg of you, do not let it get to you. It will stifle you and cramp your own development. The thing what I am trying to say is, everybody is trying to find their own image, their own voice, their own style. It takes time and unfortunately copying other peoples work is not entirely how to go about it BUT there may be tiny elements that you take on board and grow it into something that connects with who you are.

You may, or may not know, that I started out this whole art craft journey when I arrived in Australia, trying to sell my art and my paintings. So I have a very big affinity with painting and drawing. I love design and colour. Lucky for me, what I do now, applying colour and pigments to yarn and fibre, is less far assay from what I have started with long ago, than what you may think.
In the end it is all about who you are and how you translate your personality onto canvas or fibre or yarn! And like I said earlier, everybody is inherently different. There is no easy road to do craft or art and finding “your style”, but at the same time, just being YOU is all you need to make it happen. Try and learn from good people and make it yours, something different, something special. Not only will it feel absolutely right what you are doing then, but also it will enable you to grow more and more and find a huge amount of energy, which you will need to keep going. So don’t stress, don’t copy the whole apple, but take bits and pieces you like about it and add it to make something that reflects you. You will be amazed how good it feels and how less stressful it is to achieve your own style. And , most importantly, share and have fun ! Please have a look at a great artist, Bobby Chiu, who runs Schoolism and does some awesome podcasts as well. I know it is not fibre related but I am sure you will get it. Here’s the linkie:

Tonight’s update is all about a Halloweeny special: Cashmere fling !

Have a fun weekend and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions! You know me: I always love to enable! Custom spinning and dyeing and creating blends Please contact me: I am here to help .

All my contact details are to be found at the end of this week’s blog entry. Have fun and stay warm!!

Cashmere Fling Tops        

100grams AU$23

Cashmere, Tencel, Bamboo, Glitz 

This fibre blend is like spinning butter ! It has an amazing drape and is smooth and soft  as !

Body Snatchers-1left-

Creature from the Black Lagoon-sold-

Frankenstein-1 left-



Here’s Johnny !-2left-

Ice Monster-sold-

Sally from Nightmare before Christmas-1left-

Scary Clowns-sold-

Silence of the Lambs-sold-

Werewolf in London-sold-

Timelords and Pumpkins-sold-

New IxCHeL Club sign ups are open !

for the months : January, February and March 2017 

(til quotas are reached or until December 31st)

For all our international club fans there is a possibility to ship all three clubs together to save on postage if you want :-) Just pm me and enquire about the options available.

IxCHeL Fibre Club January, February, March 2017

The subscription is for a period of three months and you will receive one special hand dyed top/roving per month to the value of AU$24 or more
All the tops will be hand dyed and will be especially made for the members of Ixchel Fibre Club ! Price to join the IxCHel Fibre Club #31 and receive your special hand dyed top :)) for three months (January, February and March 2017) is AU$72 + postage (parcel post or airmail). AND there are good value double serves available !!!

For Australia : single serve $72+$28 postage (parcel post), double serve $136+$28 (save $8) or triple serves $204 (save $12!) + postage
For USA + Canada: single serve AU$72+AU$56 (Airmail) double serve AU$136+AU$56
For UK,Europe, rest of the world: Single serve AU$72+AU$69 (airmail) Double serve AU$136+AU$69
For Asia: Single serve AU$72+AU$50 (airmail) Double serve AU$136+AU$50
If you want to receive a fibre surprise every month then join the IXCHEL FIBRE CLUB #31 now. Numbers are strictly limited ! The January 2017 Club is going to be shipped out end of January. Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal. Just PM or email me your details

The IxCHeL Sock Yarn Clubs January, February, March 2017

Every month for three months (January, February and March 2017) you will receive: enough hand dyed luscious yummy yarn to make a pair of socks or a lush shawl or scarf ofcourse! (the hand dyed yarn will be exclusive for the Ixchelbunny SOCK-IT-TO-ME Yarn CLUB and will range from a sockweight yarn or a 3ply or a 4 ply); Every month a new sock pattern, tips and instructions ! Now is that GOOD or is that GOOD ??!

I will even offer a double serve for those of you who like their socks extra long !

For Australia : single serve $78+$28 postage (parcel post) double serve $130 (= one skein FREE!!!) +$28

For USA + Canada: single serve AU$78+AU$56 (Airmail) double serve $130 (= one skein FREE!!!) +AU$56

For UK,Europe, rest of the world: Single serve AU$78+AU$69 (airmail) Double serve $130 (= one skein FREE!!!) +AU$69

For Asia: Single serve AU$78+AU$45 (airmail) Double serve $130 (= one skein FREE!!!) +AU$45

Numbers are strictly limited ! 
Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal . Just PM or email me your details 
  By the way: you don’t HAVE to knit socks if you don’t want to.. the hand dyed yarn is amazingly nice for scarves, cowls, beanies and even tops ! Anything goes .

IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batt Clubs January, February, March 2017

Here are all the details and just pm me when you have any questions or want to be part of the funky bunny batt club Movement ;-) Welcome to the blingy dark side ;-D
The subscription is for a period of three months and you will receive one special hand dyed funky bunny batt per month to the value of AU$40 or more .
The batts will range in weight from 140grams to 180grams with luxury fibres like camel , angora, cashmere, silk, yak, llama even wolf and bison and rare sheep breeds !!!! All the batts will be hand dyed and will be especially made for the members of Ixchel funky bunny Club ! Every month you will receive a HUGE luxury funky bunny batt !
Sign up now and you will receive an Ixchel Hand dyed , super luxurious funky bunny batt for January, February and March 2017.

Price to join the Ixchel Funky bunny for three months is :
For Australia : $108+$28 postage (parcel post)
For USA + Canada: AU$108+AU$56 (Airmail)
For UK,Europe, rest of the world: AU$108+AU$69 (airmail)
For Asia: AU$108+AU$45 (airmail)
If you want to receive a fibre surprise every month then join the IXCHEL FUNKY BUNNY BATT CLUB now. Numbers are strictly limited ! The first installment is going to be shipped out end of January  Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal. Just PM or email me

Dates to put in your Calendar !!


Spindling Workshops in Warburton at the Pea Green Boat !: more info to come soon !

Landscape dyes 

 100g tubs   AU$11 

Want to dye your own with easy to use acid dyes? I have been selling these Landscape dyes at my workshops and shows for a long time :  They are extremely easy to use and come in great shades.
Just contact me with the name of the colour you are after and I will get right back to you.

Have a creative week!
Please don't hesitate to contact me at any time if you have any questions okay? : Always happy to enable.

All my contact details are here:

How To Order:

1. You can email me on ixchel at rabbit dot com dot au or ixchelbunny at yahoo dot com dot au
2. Message me on facebook or 
3. Message me on  where I am Ixchelbunny.

I will email you right back with all your order details and payment methods.

Any questions? Any custom orders for yarn or dyeing fibre? : Please don’t hesitate to ask! Always happy to enable.

Thank you so much for your help and support !


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