Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New Drop Spindles!

I just listed more Drop Spindles in the SHOP! The holidays are approaching fast, these would make a wonderful gift for a spinner!!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

New Drop Spindles!

Just listed more Drop Spindles in the shop!
The Clay Sheep

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Spindle Review

Susie with Knit Natural posted a review for one of my Sheep Spindles on her blog.  Thank you so much Susie!!!

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Clay Sheep Spindles

Ok, I've been really slack in posting anything. I have been getting so few views that sometimes it makes posting difficult. Oh well. 
So for those of you who are looking... I have some pretty big news. I have a new product in the shop now. Spindles!

The Clay Sheep Spindles are made with Red Oak wood, custom handcrafted polymer clay swirls, sterling silver filled wire accents, Argentium Silver hard tempered wire hooks, with a hand rubbed tung oil finish. 

They are rim weighted (the majority of the weight is towards the outer edge), balanced, spin really smooth & for a good long time. 

They come in 3 sizes - Small, approx. 1oz - Medium, approx. 1.5oz - Large, approx. 2oz
(Each individual spindle weight is listed in the title & first line of description.)
Choosing the weight of your spindle can be confusing & leaves a lot to personal preference. You can spin almost any type of yarn on any spindle, it just takes effort & skill. However, I think some spindles are better suited for certain types of fiber & weights of yarn. My general guideline is this:
Small - thin yarns, laceweight, fingering & possibly sport weight
Medium - medium weight yarns from sport weight to worsted weight
Large - thick yarns from worsted weight, bulky & art type yarns, also good for plying

Each one is completely handcrafted with a lot of love, effort & care, not a lot of fancy tools. :) They are all numbered & signed by me on the underside of the whorl.

CUSTOM COLORS: Feel free to contact me about having a drop spindle made with a custom color. Custom colors are an additional $20 per spindle over my standard price. What is a custom color? Any color that I do not have in the store stock at this time.

See all of my spindles HERE.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Custom Order

I made a few shawl/scarf pins for a customer this week. These were my first sterling silver pieces! I think they came out nice & I didn't mess up any of my expensive wire. :)  I was really nervous about that.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Magnetic Shawl Pin, Scarf Pin or Brooch

NEW Magnetic Shawl Pins, Scarf Pins, or Brooches!

These would be perfect for scarves or shawls made from your handspun yarns, wear it like jewelry as a brooch, or even a cute accent for a hat. It is paired with a coordinating fabric covered button magnet, it can even be worn with the button showing instead of the bead.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

May Newsletter

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New Listings!

I listed a few more DIZ & Threader Sets today.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Just Listed! Bunny WPI Tool

I listed a new Bunny WPI (wraps per inch) Gauge Tool today!


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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

New Product!

Mini Crochet Repair Hook - Choose Your Color of Sheep or Choose Your Own Farm Animal.

Fixing dropped stitches just got easier and a lot more enjoyable with this short (3 inch) mini crochet hook.
Perfect for traveling. Comes with a small lobster claw clasp that you can use to clip this little cutie on your project bag or anything.

The hook end is 3mm, color of crochet hook may vary.

I will be adding more of these to the shop soon!

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Friday, March 14, 2014

New Listing!

NEW in the shop!
Multi-Colored Sheep WPI (Wraps Per Inch) Yarn Gauge


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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Handspun Yarn For Sale Now!

I love to make my own handspun yarn. And I've come to the realization that I will never use all that I have in my lifetime. So, I decided to share some. I listed a few in the shop today. The Clay Sheep

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Friday, March 7, 2014

New Swirl DIZ & Threader Sets Listed!

New Swirl DIZ & Threader Sets listed in the shop today!

What is a DIZ?
A diz is used in the final step of combing fibers for spinning. You can diz off of combs, hackles & even a drum carder. The hole in the diz controls how much fiber can come through at one time -- it gets all bunched up and hard to pull, if you are pulling too much through. So, it does control the thickness of the resulting top.
You can still draft it out finer in spinning, and dizzed top usually drafts very easily, if you want a finer yarn.
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Sheep, Alpaca or Llama Buttons

I took the itty bitty sheep & alpaca/llama design & made buttons too! Got them listed in the shop The Clay Sheep.

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

NEW Sheep DIZ Sets Listed!

I tested the sheep DIZ today. It worked great. I tried rubbing the sheep side in the fibers & it wouldn't snag anything, awesome!

Here is a photo with it in use.

And here is the yummy braid of hand pulled roving that I made.

I got four different ones listed in the store. Check out the colored sheep & the little alpaca or llamas.


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Friday, February 28, 2014

Sheep DIZ Ready for Testing!

Here is my latest idea for a DIZ design. I love this, the little sheep are just too dang cute!!

I will be testing this one tomorrow, just to make sure the sheep & flowers aren't "snaggy" when dizzing fibers.
I will let ya'll know how the test goes (hopefully great) & when/if they will be listed in the shop.

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The Clay Sheep - A little about me...

Making fiber arts more fun!
I knit, crochet, spin, & weave. When I learned to knit I starting making my own stitch markers with polymer clay. Which led to selling them. And as my fiber interests grew to spinning & weaving my clay creations have also grown to include DIZ sets, Orifice hooks, Loom Heddle Hooks, buttons & shawl/scarf pins.

What started out as a way to support my fiber & yarn addiction has now become a full time job for me. I was able to quit my “day job” this past year & give my small business the attention it deserves. I love what I do for a living now. It brings me a lot of enjoyment & I hope my creations bring my customers the same.
My blog has had a makeover! This is now the official Clay Sheep blog.
Thank you all for your support!