I wanted to start this update with upliftng exciting news of what I have been doing with my time, working hard to get a new blend to you, sharing a new and exciting fun idea for all of us for the next two months but instead I feel like that last bit of fun needed to wait til next week. Now, is not the right time. Instead, NOW is the time to think about diversity and acceptance and compassion.
I want to take this opportunity to give my respect and love to those who have suffered and those that are suffering still, from the unbridled stain on humanity that is racism.
What has baffled me more than ever, is the fact that somehow in the last few years, far right, Nazi and Ku Klux Klan fans have proudly come crawling out. If ever we thought that racism was this subliminal thing that was almost over: it most definitely is not and what is happening now , the protests and the voices being heard again and again of BIPOC , show that we are far , very far, from having equality and justice for all. Probably because those in Power are not at all interested in creating a peaceful environment where all can flourish.
Why, I hear you thinking, is this so important to her? Well, I have seen and felt discrimination because of my mum, with her black hair and dark skin. Her native American genes very obviously showing.
I noticed the difference in how people treated her or treated me from a very early age. My skin was much lighter and my hair was brown; I was treated differently. She was always questioned and watched. Continuously under scrutiny. Continuously treated either as an exotic on the one hand or not taken seriously or threatened on the other. The fact that she was treated differently by those in power. and, when she did speak up to ask for justice, it was swiped away as trivial and she should be respecting others not the other way around.
So yes, I feel very strongly about what is still happening at the moment. I am sorry that these terrible acts of racism are still allowed to happen. I am sorry for the fear that still lives to strongly in peoples’ hearts and minds. I am hoping that things will change. But, things can only become better for all of us, when we keep educating ourselves, opening our minds, listen and BE the change the world so desperately needs.
Read some books about fighting white supremacy: https://www.readings.com.au/collection/books-to-help-you-understand-and-fight-white-supremacy Read some fiction by Indigenous authors: https://www.readings.com.au/collection/indigenous-australian-fiction Watch the First Australians on SBS, it’s free and it’s excellent: www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/program/first-australians
I promised you on last week’s update that June and July were going to be huge months !!! I was not kidding!!! Since all the Yarn and Wool shows this year have been cancelled, I still would love to offer you some of the super special blends I have been working on! Every year for the Bendigo Sheep and Wool show for example, I prepare lots of special rare sheep breed blends and rare fibre blends. I wanted to keep that up for as much as possible and so I am starting the first update of June off by offering you Icelandic Leadersheep blend tops. These sheep are amazing, and I have compiled some photos for you below as well as two videos for you to watch with lots of information. It is extremely lucky that I have been able to receive a few of my rare sheep and rare breeds before the pandemic hit! Otherwise this would be totally impossible! I work year-round to try and get my hands on rare fibres to blend, process and dye. It takes months and sometimes years to get blends like this done. Not only because of the paperwork and tracking down of good fibre stock, talking to farms etc, but also the actual blending of it all, trying to create a blend that is awesome to spin and wear. It is something that can’t be done in a few weeks that’s for sure..lol
Here are two videos for you to watch :
Stay safe, stay connected and please, do not forget to have fun ! Please let message me if you have any questions okay? Always happy to help and enable !
IxCHeL Icelandic Leadersheep Blend Tops
100 grams AU$28
Icelandic Leadersheep, Cashmere, Angora, White Eri Silk
IxCHeL club sign ups are open !
Note to all International club members:
All international club parcels are now being shipped with tracking and expedited. There is an option if you want all three of your clubs to be shipped together to save on shipping cost:
just ask me for a postage quote !
IxCHeL Fibre Club July, August and September 2020
For New Zealand : single serve $78+$45 postage (parcel post) double serve $150(save $6) +$45 postage
The IxCHeL Yarn Clubs July, August and September 2020
For New Zealand : single serve $96+$45 postage (parcel post) double serve $177( save $15!!) +$45 postage
For USA + Canada: single serve AU$96+AU$60 (Airmail) double serve $177 (Save $15!!) +AU$60
IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batt Clubs July, August and September 2020
For New Zealand : single serve $114+$45 postage (parcel post)
For USA + Canada: AU$114+AU$60 (Airmail)
Woad, Japanese Indigo Dye seed packs
Woad, Japanese Indigo and True Indigo.
Please note that due to quarantine restrictions I have been advised not to ship to Western Australia, Tasmania or overseas.
Woad seed packs are $7
Japanese Indigo seeds are $8
both come with planting instructions and a recipe to make your own dye bath!
IxCHeL Aran Tweed Yarn
I have two colourways available at the moment: Both with the most colourful speckles and pops of colour you can think of and both in pure wool, spun with lots of love
IxCHeL Aran Tweed Coral Sea
IxCHeL Aran weight Tweed Coral Sea with bright pops of colour
|IxCHeL Aran Tweed Coral Sea|
IxCHeL Aran Tweed Opal
IxCHeL Aran weight Tweed Opal with bright pops of colour
IxCHeL Tweed fingering weight yarn
Spun singles, fingering or sock weight yarn
(A beautiful sunshine yellow that goes so well with the kookaburra the silver grey)
(an intense pure red that goes well with the Kookaburra and the Wattle and the Amethyst colourway and soooooomany others)
(a beautiful silver grey with ochre accents that complement the dingo colourway)
( A beautiful warm honey ochre with pops of royal bluebell, kingfisher and kangaroo paw)
(a gorgeous raspberry base with pops of royal bluebell, flowering gum, grey and daintree)
( a gorgeous medieval warm red with bright red, kookaburra and fern forest accents)
( a deep forest green with accents of bright red, dusky purple and daintree) )
( a fabulous deep purple with accents of royal bluebell, daintree, grevillea and kingfisher )
( a fabulous deep walnut brown with accents of dingo and kookaburra)
( a fabulous warm orange with accents of fern forest, royal bluebell and grevillea and dingo )
( a deep blue with accents of flowering gum, kookaburra and fern forest )
( a warm light brown with accents of soft blue and kookaburra)
( a fabulous Turquoise blue with accents of fern forest, kangaroo paw, Jacaranda and Grevillea)
250 g tubs AU$27
Have a fun weekend !!!
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