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July News

Hello everyone, it’s me, Reggie.

I hope you haven’t given up on me because I haven’t written a blog since March. I’m sorry about that. Well, I’m back again to tell you our news because Ros has found time to help me.  Shearing and a forthcoming exhibition are my two biggest pieces of news!

Ros has been working very hard in her studio and just hasn’t been in the right head-space (whatever that may be?…ridiculous, I think!) to do blog-type stuff. She has not only started to use the yarn made from our last year’s fleeces to make cushions and a rug, but she is VERY excited about getting stuck into Nuno Felting again.  Yes, what is that!? Well, to put it very simply, it’s when you use fibre (here our washed and carded fleeces) with another fabric like silk. The process works the two materials together as the fibre shrinks and produces a beautiful, delicate, light, soft way of felting…….and Ros makes beautiful things – well I think so – usually in amazing bright colours. It’s quite a shock the colours she dyes my and my pals’ coats once she gets hold of it! Pink or green alpacas! I hope she doesn’t dye us next!

Ros still has lots of fleece from last year to work with in her studio, but we had the horrible experience of being sheared a few weeks ago. Ben and his helper don’t muck about and treat us firmly but caringly. He really knows his stuff and does us all within the hour.

The shearing was much later than last year, in fact a month later. Ros is very interested to see if this extra month of our coats being on our backs will make a difference to the quality of our fibre and it may make it even better for Ros to work with.

It was b. cold the next day and we felt very sorry for ourselves! Now of course the flies are buzzing about and they like us far too much for my liking! But Ros sprays us with a concoction of citronella and eucalyptus essential oils, vinegar and water that has had cloves soaked in it. It does seem to help us, but we hate the spraying. It sounds like a snake and I don’t feel very manly when I’ve been sprayed with it! It’s quite a smell.

Oh, I mustn’t forget the news about Ros showing her latest pieces in early September.  It will be at Foxhall House, Nr Harrington, NN6 9JL with other artists Gina Glover, Graham Keddie and Susan Williams.  Dates: Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September 11am – 4pm. It will be part of Northampton Open Studios and the work is for sale. Please come and have a look – you might like to buy something – that will help Ros pay for the costs of looking after us so well!

Well I think that’s enough for now!…a long blog this time.

Wishing everyone a nice summer

Reggie