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The Date is Set for My Retirement

 

Looking to the Future as I Announce my Retirement

Looking to the Future as I Announce my Retirement

I’ve been doing a lot of pondering over the weekend, and as a result, the date has been set, and I am going to retire on 1st May 2019.

I’ve decided finally to hang up my Woolly Pedlar coat  to concentrate on my writing and Nanny duties. I had hoped to carry on with The Woolly Pedlar part time, but I’m such an all or nothing kind of girl, that this wasn’t posssible. I’m off to so my MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle University at the ripe old age of 57, and I need badly to free up some time to concentrate on this.

Today is the eighth anniversary of The Woolly Pedlar, and it has been a glorious ride. I’ve learnt so much, and more importantly, have met so many wonderful people. However, it is time for someone else to pick up the reins. I would love to see the business carry on, rather than fizzle out.

Do you know of anyone who would like to pick up on a small business, recycling waste wool knitwear, then do get in touch. I am offering all good will, my social media accounts, website, machinery, designs, stock and materials to enable the new Woolly Pedlar to hit the ground running.

You can contact me at sue@woollypedlar.co.uk to express your interest. Deadline for applications is  Monday 22 April.

If you would like to buy any of the remaining stock from the website, I suggest you hot foot it over the the shop asap!

 

Rainy Day Activities. A woollen flower brooch.

Rainy Day Activities – A Woollen Flower Brooch.

Having been out for a 5 mile walk this morning, enjoying what was a lovely Spring day, here in Northumberland, I’ve been spending the afternoon, experimenting with making woollen flowers. Woolfest will be announcing plans very soon, to ask everyone to bring a woollen flower along to the event,  and I’m working on making some crib sheets for how to do this for the Wool Clip shop, and to go on the website.

Rainy Day Activities. A woollen flower brooch.

Rainy Day Activities. A woollen flower brooch.

I’m really pleased with this rolled wool flowers. which I’ve made from a piece of felted wool jumper. It’s really easy, and would make a great rainy day activity. Here’s how

  1. Draw round something round and cut a circle from your piece of felted wool. You will be able to experiment with size.

    Rainy Day Activities. A woollen flower brooch.

    Rainy Day Activities. A woollen flower brooch.

  2. Cut a spiral into the circle, starting narrower at the outside, and getting wider towards the middle. The outer of your spiral will be the centre of the flower.

    Rainy Day Activities. A woollen flower brooch.

    Rainy Day Activities. A woollen flower brooch.

  3. Beging to roll the spiral, starting from the outside,

    Rainy Day Activities. A woollen flower brooch.

    Rainy Day Activities. A woollen flower brooch.

  4. This is what it looks like when you have finished. The very end of your spiral can be used to cover the rough edges of the back.
    Rainy Day Activities. A woollen flower brooch.

    Rainy Day Activities. A woollen flower brooch.

    Rainy Day Activities. A woollen flower brooch.

    Rainy Day Activities. A woollen flower brooch.

  5. Cut a couple of leaves from green felted wool.

    Rainy Day Activities. A woollen flower brooch.

    Rainy Day Activities. A woollen flower brooch.

  6. Pin everything in place, with the leaves tucked under the last part of the spiral.

    Rainy Day Activities. A woollen flower brooch.

    Rainy Day Activities. A woollen flower brooch.

  7. Sew around the edges using blanket stitch. You could also use a hot glue gun, or fabric glue, but I prefer to sew.

    Rainy Day Activities. A woollen flower brooch.

    Rainy Day Activities. A woollen flower brooch.

  8. Sew on a brooch pin and there you go, a quick and easy woollen flower brooch. I guess you could sew a bead in the centre too if you have one. 
    I’ll be getting some kits made up for The Wool Clip shop, or send me a message here and I can get one to you. Happy crafting.

    Rainy Day Activities. A woollen flower brooch.

    Rainy Day Activities. A woollen flower brooch.