Friday, March 10, 2017

Shiny !

coffee and yarn: just what I needed !
Busy does not even cut the description of this week: Hectic with a capital H is more like it. Lots of dyeing, braiding, blending recipe testing, designing of labels, organizing of the clubs and last but not least , trying to keep my head above water in a business farm sense is more like it.

Everytime I am asked “I like to start my own business in Craft” by someone, I am always enthusiastic because I love what I do and would not want to do anything else. Saying that however, I do have to explain that I am not “normal” and I do not have a “Life” outside of craft. If you are honestly thinking of having either a family or life AND making a living from the stuff you make, please know that it is inhumanely almost impossible to do so, especially when you are coming from a paid job in the private sector with a steady income. So, asking my advice if you should start your own business in craft might not give you a full idea of what to expect in a reasonable way. Everyone’s’ reality is so different. If you are an insomniac, driven by crafty achievements and a huge competitor of yourself, I think you have come to the right place. This also goes for all the questions I get on how much to ask for something handcrafted that took x amount of time. Craft and art for that matter is something that is highly flammable a topic to discuss in a business kind of way. Craft and art are phenomena that have no price tag: it is either given away (therefore deriving the pricetag $0 and deemed worthless in capitalis society or priceless) or us crafters, frantically try to calculate “wort” by adding/multiplying/whatever to what you have made to try and remotely come to a favourable pricetag so that the something you have created with love can actually sell. And I say “sell’ opposed to “make money” for a reason. Craft is not something you easily make money from. Anything made by hand is per definition slow going, intensive and made with part of our hearts and souls. How can you possibly put a price on that ?

Saying that : the amount of people selling craft in the last ten years has increased hugely and that’s a good thing! Hand made or slow fashion is great! It signals that we cherish this handmade with heart fashion ! However, unless we all share the love, do not cave in to the principle of “ competition” that the modern economy thrusts upon is it is not going to go anywhere fast. Try to do your own thing, embrace your own way of doing things, love what others are doing and share. Honestly: living from what you make in craft is super hard and I am sorry to say: it will never give you a fancy car or a million dollar mansion. If you want that, go find a real job. However for all the determined, stubborn, “I would not survive doing anything else”-kinda people like me: do it ! The whole landscape fo business , especially small craft business or handmade is changing fast: you will have to do lots of different things: like designing, making and marketing. So many things in so little time. But if you love what you do or better still: if you are passionate about it, hours do not matter. The most important thing is to keep the passion! Always!

Tonight I am offering you Sign ups for the next IxCHeL clubs, Sock yarn!!!! And Silks! Shiny !

New IxCHeL Club sign ups are now open !

for the months : April, May and June 2017 

(til quotas are reached or until march 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 April, May and June 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 (April, May and June 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 #32 now. Numbers are strictly limited ! The April 2017 Club is going to be shipped out end of April. Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal. Just PM or email me your details

The IxCHeL Sock Yarn Clubs  April, May and June 2017

Every month for three months (April, May and June 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  April, May and June 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 April, May and June 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 april  Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal. Just PM or email me

IxCHeL Merino Nylon Sock yarn 4 ply Fingering Weight

Great yarn with fab stitch definition and drape, +/- 380 meters per 100g, needles 2.25-3mm

Merino 90% Nylon 10%
100+gram skeins       AU$26

Aligator Rock-sold-

Black Tulip-sold-

Blood Spatter

Everybody Loves A Zombie

Indigo Moon

Manga Sun

Mossy Night-1 left-

Powder Puff-1 left-

Purple Snuggle-sold-

Rainbow Happy

Tickled Pink-1left-

Time Warp

Mulberry Silk Tops
50+gram tops AU$26

Wuthering Heights



Moss Forest


Flying Monkeys-sold-


Blood Moon

Beauty And the Beast- sold-

Dates to put in your Calendar !!


Wednesday March 15th, 10am - 3pm
McClelland Spinners and weavers Group

McClelland Gallery, McClelland Drive , Langwarrin, (Melways Ref 103E3), 


Saturday May 6th   10am-3pm

Healesville Spinners and Weavers Guild Chat, Spin and Shop

Please join me with the Healesville Spinners and Weavers on Saturday for their annual celebration.
I will be doing a talk about the IxCHeLbunny farm, fibres and yarns and lots more !!! There will be fibres to cuddle (and buy) and also spindles of all shapes and sizes.

The event is open to all but everybody is asked to bring a plate of food to share with the others to make it even more fun. The Hall opens at 11am with a group meeting and my talk will start around 12. After the talk there will be ample opportunity to browse, shop and mingle.

V.C. Mullett Hall (Badger Creek Hall), 358 Badger Creek Road, Badger Creek.
The hall is located next to the Badger Creek C.F.A. Station and opposite the Badger Creek Primary School. There is off road parking.

Sunday May 21st 10am-3pm

Victorian Hand Knitters Guild Show Coburg Town Hall

THE extra ordinary super fluffy yarny event in Melbourne !!!
I will be there with lots of hand dyed tops for spinning and felting and happy rainbow yarn and sock yarn, some extra special art yarns and much much more!!!!
As well as some amazing Lair of the Bearded Dragon spindles and bowls that are pure magic to spin with !


Friday July 14th- Sunday 16th, 9am-5pm

Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show
THE event of the year !!!! Not to be missed!! I will be there in the Flower (Power Bunny) Shed again with heaps of new goodies, hand dyed and hand spun, IxCHeL new blends and rare sheep breed adventures and much much more ! Including a world first of something AMAZING AND FUN!!!!! Shhh not telling ! but it is AWESOME !!!!


date and venue info to follow soon.

Black n Coloured Sheep FIELD DAY  in Pakenham!

Landscape dyes 

 100g tubs   AU$11 
250 g tubs AU$26

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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