It seems February has rushed by, where has that month gone ? It’s already mid March and I’ve started running to keep up :]
We have two very kind helpers, White Lace and Knatty Knitter, who have offered to look after the Bilby Shop [on restricted hours] from Wednesday 16th March until Wednesday 23rd March, whilst I am in the South West of WA.
I will be travelling, with Ellie Eaton, to Williams, Kojonup, Arthur River, Mt Barker, Porongorups, Stirling Ranges Craft weekend, Albany, Denmark, Busselton and then finally back to Perth. If you live in these areas and need an order of woolly goods, do not hesitate to ring and ask, I am happy to deliver along my journey.
The shop at Harrison Street will open normal hours on Tuesday 15th, then from the 16th-18th and 22nd-23rd the hours will be restrictd to 4 hours, (1030am to 2.30pm). On saturday the 19th March, the shop will be open from 1030 to 1230 and the old ram will be in the shop to help you.
If you get a chance to go down to the Porongprups for the Spin In on Thursday the 17th, do think about going onto the Stirling Ranges Retreat for the Craft weekend Fri 18 to Sunday 20th, they have lots of fun activities planned, including natural dyeing.
Best woolly wishes from Old Ewe.
It is time to start new projects or make new resolutions to complete old ones. :] There are some new merino top colours and new product lines from Ashford to compliment our extensive range of products in store. You are very welcome to just come in and browse. 2016 will see some new faces in store …more on this later.
After the festive season, we normally open the second week of January but this year we are still busy washing fleece for the old ram to pick ready for the school orders. To compliment our ebay listings, we are updating our website :[ with shopping cart, so that your online visits to our website will be more enjoyable. [Unfortunately I am a little slow whilst my injured right arm/shoulder heals] We have raw fleece to organise into new product as well as some reshuffling of shop fittings. The shop will reopen after Australia day on Wednesday, 27th January 2016 at 10.30am, however, if you need anything urgently, we will be in store all day on Saturday 9th January ..feel free to drop in. Warning, anyone found loitering on 9th January, will be given a volunteer task/job to do :]
I hope everyone is enjoying the lovely spring weather.
At Bilby, we are busy preparing for the Melanian Sheep Breeders ‘BLACK SHEEP SHOP’ in the Jim Horwood Wool Pavillion [near gate 8] at this year’s Perth Royal Show. [26 Sept to 3 October ]. We hope you will visit the sheep pavillion to see the fleece, sheep or watch the shearing and also see the Creative Craft at Milton Isbitser Pavillion. During Show week, the shop will be open with either old ewe or ol’ram to look after your woolly needs.
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th Sept, the Handweavers Spinners & Dyer’s Guild have organised an exhibition of the National Scarf Exchange at the Peppermint Grove Library. [details at http://spinweavewa.org/ ] Fibres West 2015 is at Muresk Sun 4th to 8th October…..Bilby Yarns will be in Traders Hall with a stall full of woolly goods. If you are participating & need a fibre/tool order brought to Muresk for you, please ring 93318818. On Tue 6, wed 7th & thu 8th, the ol’ram will be in the Willagee shop to look after customers.
WORKSHOPS… CROCHET and KNITTING . If you would like to learn how to crochet? Our friendly tutors Bev & Julitha, can help you get started on your crochet/knitting journey. Have a look at our Workshop page and then book your place asap with a $20 deposit. Phone 9331 8818 or email.
July has brought sad news for our West Australian Melanian Sheep Breeders Society, with the passing of our beloved wool guru, Ray Eaton. After visits from his family on Saturday 18th and a hug from his devoted wife, Ellie, Ray quietly slipped away. Our condolences and deepest sympathy go to his immediate family and all his friends. Ray endeared himself to everyone he met. He freely and willingly shared his knowledge of wool, sheep husbandy, genetic breeding [especially of naturally coloured wool] and farming skills.
It was a great privilege to have known Ray, we will miss him and hopefully he will watch over us as we endeavour to carry on his good work to make him proud. Rest in Peace Ray.
We will always remember … ‘Old farmers never die, they just go to seed’
In memory and honour of Ray, Bilby Yarns will close for one day only, between 22 to 25th this week- ***date to be advised. If you are planning to visit between this time, please check this page or phone the shop on 9331 8818.
Notes.. Workshops for Learn to knit on Thursday mornings and Learn to Crochet Wednesday afternoons will begin July 29th, if you are interested please advise by email or phone the shop.
Don’t forget your entries for Perth Royal Show Creative Craft Section close on July 24th but your items dont need to be delivered until Sepember. We would like to make a large and wonderful display again this year, so please support Perth Royal Show with your knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving, wet & needle felt articles. Details available from Perth Royal Show website or from Bilby Yarns Shop.
***Bilby Yarns shop will be closed Thursday 24th July. [Normal hours Friday & Saturday]
What a fun day Toodyay Festival was on May 31st-lovely weather, nice music in the hall, friendly people. If you visited the Festival, I hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did Thank you very much to friends who joined us ‘impromptu’ to demonstrate spinning, you are much appreciated and always welcome.
On Saturday, 6th June, we are having a special day to fundraise for cancer research -‘the biggest morning tea – all day!. Our neighbour shop , FS Hair, is joining us in the fund – raising If you visit during the morning, we will offer you a ‘take-a-way’ cuppa and mini cupcake … for a gold coin donation, and we thank you for your support. Then at 1.30pm, the Bilby Spinners will fill every available space in the shop and get busy spinning etc… that is after I have offered them tea or coffee with cupcake and extracted a gold coin from them! [You can find out when the Bilby Spinners are in store by visiting their facebook page ]Sunday 7tth we are off to Cunderdin to a gathering of wool producers & Melanian Sheep Breeders and then on our way back, we will be collecting more raw fleece for the shop shelves….you can never have too much fleece!
Saturday 13th June is the Spin In day for the West Aust Handweavers Spinners and Dyers Guild at their hall – Craft House, Clyde St, Menora. A small fee will give you morning tea and light lunch, and, all are welcome. We will have 2 trading tables there – for fleece and other woolly goodies. Whilst I am chatting away in Menora, the ol’ram will be looking after the Harrison Street shop to assist you, should you call in to collect supplies.
Whats new? We have some new blended colours in merino tops and merino/silk; fine 20/2 mulberry silk yarn to compliment our tussah yarns; handmade stitch markers; sheep milk soap and superine 17.5 micron merino wool yarn in 60/2 count. [white only]
Chilly winter mornings are upon us, so stay warm, healthy and keep smiling. theoldewe
Winter has arrived in West Australia, after such sunny, warm autumn weather, it has caught most of us by surprise. However, it is an ideal time to get woolly and crafty by the warm fireside in the evenings.
Newly arrived stock filling our shelves include fine merino solid colours, merino/silk, merino/alpaca, lots of luscious raw naturally coloured Melanian fleece, white fine merino, 30 micron dyed strong corriedale and the lovely naturally coloured 24/25 micron West Australian Dreamee wool tops in coco, silver, moorit beige and white. Have you tried our 19 micron West Aussie fine natural black and white tops yet? They are very soft and yummy.
Also we have spinning, weaving supplies, accessories, parts.
On Saturday May 23rd, the old ewe will be in Toodyay at the Spin-In being held at the Town Hall….I will have 2 stall tables…one for melanian fleece and the other with Bilby goodies – tops, equipment etc. [Sadly our Willagee shop will not be be open Sat 23rd whilst I am away…both my helpers, the black sheep and lamb, have influenza]
On Sunday May 31, the old ewe will be taking the Black Sheep Shop & wool depot to the Melanian Sheep Breeders’ stall at the Toodyay Festival [in the town hall again].
If you need a specific item brought to the spin-in or festival for you, don’t forget to let me know at least 48 hours before.
We’re off to a few events this April, but don’t worry our showroom will still be open for our regular opening hours courtesy of the “old ram”, who will be there to assist you and run the showroom while we are gone.
Below is a few of the events we will be attending, we will keep you updated of any new events as the month goes on:
This weekend (Sat 18th April) we will be attending the Balingup Small Farm Field Day to assist the Melanian Sheep breeders society with their stall, promoting coloured sheep and our beautiful natural fibres, we would love to see you there and the field day is always worth a day out.
Then Sat 24th April, we will be in New Norcia at the Bilby Spinners Retreat, spinning up a storm.
Hope to see you all in the showroom or in our travels
The Old Ewe is off on an adventurous week travelling the south west of Western Australia to promote our luscious naturally coloured wool……more than 1100 kilometres …visiting Busselton, Manjimup, Walpole, Denmark, Albany, Mt Barker, Porongorups, Kojonup, Arthur River, Williams and then home to Bull Creek.
This means limited shop hours for this week until we open again on Saturday 28th March ……..the shop at 6 Harrison St will only be open for 2 hours from 3pm to 5pm on Tuesday [24th March], Wednesday [25th] and Thursday [26th].
Please be patient with the lamb who has kindly ofered to shop-sit for these 2hrs x 3 days. Normal shop hours resume on Saturday 28th. If you require help or need to contact me, please do leave a message on 9331 8818 or send me an email.
Thank you for your patience and we look forward to being of service to you again soon.
The Old Ewe
Hello to all our needle felters,
We will be hosting a Needle Felting workshop on Saturday the 6th of December at 1:30pm, with an international tutor and the regular Bilby staff showing you how to create a 3D project, All materials are included (Needles, felting foam, pipe cleaners etc and of course the wool top), the workshop is $120 per person
Please register your interest as soon as possible by either calling our showroom or sending us an email, both which you can find here
The workshop is open to beginners and experts as we will guide you through the whole project (we do ask if you are completely new to the craft and have questions please feel free to ask us or arrive 20 mins prior to the workshop and we assist you with any queries)
Hope to see you all there
Hello Crafty creators,
The Wool lady with Bilby Yarns and the Melanian Society in tow, will be scooting across to the “The Australian Wool and Sheep Show” in Bendigo, held from the 18th-20th of July at the Prince of Wales Showgrounds.
Our stall will be located in building 24 (JPG or PDF), We would love to see you there so come find us and help us enjoy the weekend,
(for those having difficulty finding us we are in building 24 next to a large white marquee)
Don’t worry our showroom in Perth will still be open and is currently full of refurbished wheels if you would like to come and have a look