Seasons Greetings to all.

A big thank you to all our valued clients & friends for your support and kind wishes this year. Our special hours will continue for a while, once we have reopened on 15th January 2019. [tue 130-5, Wed & fri 1030-330, thu 1230-430, sat 1030-1230].
Recently we received 14 spinning wheels into our shop [from one source ! ]…as is, they will be available at bargain prices. Once they are serviced the prices will increase according to time spent renovating & parts needed. Wheels include George Wright, Haldane, Wee Peggy, Sheridan, traditionals & upright styles … some with distaff!  Several have already been sold & others are tagged for collection on 15th. Please send an email if you are interested in a particular wheel/model so that I can hold it for you.
Also  into store, bales of fleece …ultra fine, superfine merino, corriedale, naturally coloured melanian fleece, english leicester, romney, strong lincoln PLUS the latest from Ashfords ... Kiwi 3 with folding treadle base, super jumbo electronic spinning wheel, wavy shuttles, handi handles for your rigid heddle looms and the current issue of Wheel magazine.
On a personal update, our ‘mni’ bub who arrived 17 weeks early at 810 grams, now weighs 2.97kgs, is 11 weeks old & thriving in hospital.  His weary parents & grandparents are exhausted but ok, and looking forward to welcoming him home in February.                          We hope your Christmas was merry and for 2019, may your days be happy, your hearts light and your New Year bright.   :]

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Workshop, Shop News, Perth Show

Whats Happening at our Willagee Store ?

You will have noticed a large ‘For Sale” sign at the front of the Harrison Street shops and the future of the shops was in doubt. However, I am pleased to tell you a very kind Melbourne couple are buying the shops as an investment subject to the sitting tenants continuing … and of course, we are all very happy to remain in our crafty corner. Now its business as usual, so don’t worry about the sign, it will remain there for a while, at least until settlement is finalised etc. Thank you to everyone for your positive support & good wishes.

Christmas Angel Needle felt **WORKSHOP** Sat 8th September 2018 1.30pm–5pm Needle felt a beautiful Christmas Angel as a tree topper or decoration, using pure wool and natural fibres [..sorry no children or teenagers..] $35 incl..materials & afternoon tea. Payment with BOOKINGS please. Please email or phone 9331 8818 to secure your place in this workshop to come along and join us for a fun, relaxing afternoon.

FRESH SHORN FLEECEearly shearing by one of our Melanian Sheep Breeder members has meant that we already have some fresh naturally coloured corriedale & merino fleece arrived at our depot/store. Natural colours include dark Grey, grey, brown, black [merino] .

2018 Perth Royal Showthe Black Sheep Shop will not be in the Jim Horwood Wool Pavillion at this year’s show but our competition coloured fleece will be there on display. The week after the show, most of the fleece will be available at the Wool Depot at our Harrison St Shop.

During Perth Show week, you will find us in the “Walk through WA” in the Centenary Pavillion with the District Displays. Our ‘Black Sheep Shop’ stall will have fleece, knitted goodies and spinning, knitting & weaving demonstrations.

New products … As spring & summer approaches, new stocks of cottons are arriving instore and as we continue to sort our back storage area, little gems and bargains will appear occasionally.

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Sat 21st April   … to  [afternoon tea provided] Proceeds to Cancer Research .  BOOK Now   ph: 9331 8818  [or email]                                                                     This workshop will cover shaping of core wool; attaching long fleece; clipping it into the final shape;    setting eyes; fashioning nose.   Come and join in the fun.



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NEW espinner by Ashford, spins like a dream.

NEW Light weight 2kg (4.4lbs) Espinner on display in our store for you to see and try .

Compact 26 x 14 x 21.5cm (10¼ x 5½ x 8½ins). Easy bobbin change with snap-in flyer bearing, a sliding hook flyer, frictionless yarn guides, 15mm (5/8in) orifice & reducer bush. Includes a padded carry bag, on/off foot switch, three 225 gm (8oz) capacity bobbins & a tensioned lazy kate. The eSpinner3 has a quiet, powerful 12 volt DC 2.0 amp 70 watt motor with soft start & infinitely variable speed from 0-1800 rpm.     [optional 12 v cord for car, caravan, etc with battery pack]              AVAILABLE NOW AT BILBY YARNS 9331 8818


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Come and join your tutor, Susan Ash as she guides you through the creative ways you can use dry needle felting to make a mini angel or santa. The skills you learn can be applied to most shapes. Having this workshop in October leaves you plenty of time to make more for Christmas!. Afternoon tea and all materials in a kit will be provided. Bookings with a deposit or payment essential, please phone 9331 8818 or email. All proceeds from this workshop will go to a charity nominated by the Tutor.


Greetings to all, springtime is such a gorgeous time of year and the mornings and evenings are still chilly enough to wear woolly garments. The Melanian Sheep Breeders did not have their usual Black Sheep Shop at 2017 Royal Show but their handspun, handknitted garments & items are on display for sale at the shop in Willagee. Texting gloves, beanies, jumpers, cardigans, socks and lots more, all terrific presents for Christmas as well. Luscious coloured fleece that was exhibted in Jim Horwood wool pavillion is now on the depot shelves. The large whole fleece can be split if required. [More may be available after shearing end of October.] Come and have a look.

If you are thinking of a new loom or spinning wheel as this year’s Christmas present, please order early. Delivery can be held till you are ready to collect. If orders for Ashford products are made by the first week of December, they will arrive in time; but Louet and Schacht need to be ordered by first week of November if you want them delivered in time for christmas.

SPECIAL week … tue 10th to 14th October for shop hours at Willagee. …. 1030am to 3pm tues 10th and wed 11th, ….. closed thu 12th & fri 13th … and normal hours saturday 14th Oct. White Lace merino and the Knatty Knitter will look after the shop for me whilst I am in New Zealand at an Ashford dealer retreat. My grateful thanks to both ladies for their help. See ‘ewe’ soon, The old Ewe

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August Workshop

…   saturday August 5, 2017
1.30pm tp 4.30pm    Bilby shop, 2,6 Harrison St Willagee
$20 includes kit & afternoon tea,  proceeds to charity.

Phone 9331 8818 or email to register your
interest.  Come along and spend a fun afternoon with your Tutor Susan
and make this delightful gnome.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.

We are taking a festive season break, closing at 5pm, Wed 22 December 2016. Office opens tue.10.1.2017 & our workshop opens l0.30am 17.1.2017

This festive season, visitors to our Harrison Street shop have been enjoying Christmas discounts on all Ashford equipment & tools. This 10% discount is also extended to all phone or mail orders received up until close of business on 22nd December. Please remember that from 21st December any equipment that is not in store and requires me to order from the factory will not be delivered until after 17th January.

On Saturday 17 December, the Bilby Spinners will meet at Point Walter, Honour Street, Bicton from mid morning until late afternoon. We will be in the shade underneath the large moreton bay fig trees at the north end of the foreshore, it’s a BYO chair, drinks, lunch, hat, equipment & fibre & bathers if you wish. Even though the weather bureau predicts a 31deg day, the cool sea breeze comes in early

We were delighted to have so many friends visit our Black Sheep Shop stall in the Jim Horwood Wool Pavillion at this year’s Perth Royal Show. The members of the Melanian Sheep Breeders Society of Aust.  certainly appreciate your support. Thank you and a big thanks to all the volunteers who came to promote WA wool, spin, knit and weave.     Shearing has finished and we have had our annual wool collection at Gingin , with some lovely fresh fleece coming into the Wool Depot at our Harrison Street premises

Our 2017 calender is filling up fast with events planned every month…… Sat. January 21 HWSD Guild spin at Matilda Bay, 3- 5 March .Bothwell International Highland Spin in,   Thu.16 March Porongorups Spin In,  17-19 March Stirling Range Fibre Weekend,   fri 21- Mon 24 April  Bilby Retreat at New Norcia,     Sat 22 April  Balingup Small Farm Field Day. My first stall at Perth Craft Fair at  Convention Centre Wed 24 to Sun 28 May [need volunteers here],    Sun 4 June Fibre Festival at Toodyay, Sat 10 June HWSDG 60th Anniversary Spin In at Craft House, Menora. Please have your entries into Creative Craft Perth Royal Show by 1st July.  Sun 2 -8 July Fibres West 2017 is at Muresk,  Sat. 19 August Toodyay Spin In  & Sat 23- 30 September Perth Royal Show. November is busy with wool collections and possibly a trip to Albany.

WORKSHOPS…If you would like to learn how to spin, crochet or knit? Our friendly tutors in store Tuesdays & Thursdays, can help you get started on your spinning, crochet or knitting journey. [$25/hour] Keep checking our Workshop page for special workshops, we hope to organize something in February and July/August.

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The Wandering Sheep

With our last holiday some 30 years ago, the Baltics beckons the old ewe and the old ram. We are off on a cruise on the Viking Star, and of course there will be time for visits to sheep farms and Textile Arts villages. We will be away from 21st June until 16th July. In our absence, the shop and our valued customers, will be looked after by White Lace Merino and the Knatty Knitter, although the hours from wednesday to friday will be restricted.

From June 21st to July 16th; our Harrison Street shop [ph: 9331 8818] will be open .. Tuesdays 1030am to 5pm; Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 1030am to 2.30pm Saturday 1030am to 1230pm. From July 19th, normal shop hours resume. The next Bilby Spinners gathering will be on July 16th.

Stay safe, warm & healthy this chilly winter. Happy crafting!

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A Blip in the Bilby Banter

Hello All,

Well there are 2 quite delayed posts due to some unforseen technical difficulties,

But all is restored, felted back together and we should have all the Bilby tech back together

The Blacksheep

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A busy winter season for all…..

Firstly may I say a big thank you to everyone who went to the Fibre Festival in Toodyay on the long weekend in June, Your support is greatly appreciated by the organising committee. Also to all the willing helpers on the Melanian Sheep Breeders stall, my grateful thanks. Sadly I could not be there. Unfortunately I was in the doorway when a strong wind caught my shops heavy back door, not only knocking me off my feet, but the door slammed shut on my hand. Yes 2 broken fingers and tendon damage, but I am a quick healer with physio treatment and lots of tlc & support from friends.

What a lovely Spin In day at Augusta on June 11th. Ellie drove my ute and we took the Melanian depot and Bilby Yarns to the spin in. Devon packed & unpacked the vehicle and Charmaine happily wrote up the sales. I did lots of chatting, it was lovely to catch up with old friends.

The Perth Royal Show creative craft schedules are very late being published this year but as soon as they are online, please do consider entering. 2016 is the Year of Wool.

Warm Wooly Wishes

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