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The end of summer doesn’t mean the end of savings, kick back and enjoy Labor Day weekend and FREE standard shipping* on orders over $75 now through Monday!  You must use code LBRD2015 at checkout to take advantage of this limited time offer.

Relax, shop and save this weekend – just remember to enter code LBRD2015 at checkout!

*Offer expires Monday September 7th at midnight EST. Order must equal or exceed $75 before shipping and/or sales tax. Offer excludes purchase of floor looms, gift certificates, special orders, bulk price three, expedited, and international orders.

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Mauch Chunky Roving is a wonderfully versatile custom blended 100% domestic wool roving that comes to us from the charming people at Kraemer Textiles in Pennsylvania. It’s a wonderful fiber for both needle and wet felting as well as hand spinning. From a quality company at a fantastic price of just $1.86 per ounce, what’s not to like? Give it a try!

When Kendra came up to spin a few samples – she was raving about this roving! “Normally, for what I like to spin, I’ll dye, blend, card, and then get to spinning… But I love these colors. I feel like now, if I want to knit up some mittens – these heathered blends are wonderful and ready to spin. I don’t even have to pre-draft! I also played around with the fiber in both needle and wet felting, and it works great!”

Choose from 8 beautiful heather colors:

 

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Eileen has been so convincing in her enthusiasm for Lucet braiding and cordmaking we had to put her in front of a video camera. This is the result, and we hope you like it too! The lucet is a wonderful tool – wonderful for kids and adults, for travel and at home, for quick bracelets and complex cords. Eileen shows a basic how to on her favorite lucet, and gives some examples of what she’s made and how it fits in with her yarn and fiber arts obsessions. Hint: this is the perfect tool to use up all those beautiful loose-ends and small lengths of yarn in your stash that are too beautiful to throw away!

 

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Back to school means back to cool-er temperatures and it won’t be long before hats and mittens are out of storage and back on children’s hats and heads! We’re kicking off our annual Cozy Kiddos campaign to collect hats and mitts for distribution to local schools and facilities this winter.  We’re offering a free hat pattern for all who want to help out!

We’d love for you to join our efforts to keep kids warm this season.  We’re accepting finished hats and mittens through the mail, or stop by and drop them in our collection basket right in the shop.

Last year we distributed hundreds of items to childcare centers, schools and after school programs, housing complexes and hospitals. Chilly kids come in all sizes from toddlers to teens, let’s work together to keep them warm!

Mail items to:

Halcyon Yarn
Attn: Cozy Kiddos
12 School St
Bath, ME 04530

Ancient, endangered fiber is finer than silk

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Sea silk is the name given to yarn spun from the attachment threads of pen shells (a mollusc). The history of the fiber and fabric made from it is recorded in texts dating to biblical times, possibly including the Rosetta Stone (more details here). We see a lot of fiber in our daily routine – but never yet have we crossed paths with sea silk. There is an increasing awareness of the extraordinary nature and value of sea silk. The BBC has a wonderful article about Chiara Vigo, the last person to harvest, dye, spin, weave, knit, and embroider the fiber using traditional methods. She harvests the threads herself from the sea, under the watch of the Italian Coast Guard, as the pen shells are endangered and protected. From the BBC article: “it is extraordinarily light. Chiara Vigo asked me to close my eyes and extend my hand. I knew what she was going to do, but still I could not tell when a small square of the cloth touched my skin.”

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Create your own masterpiece with Felt Tapestry Kits by artist Neysa Russo. Her own work includes hand felted rugs and tapestries in which her passion for antique tapestries and her expertise in color and composition (she designed needlepoint canvases for years) are evident. They’re simply amazing. Fortunately, she’s now sharing her talents by offering all inclusive kits.  Choose from Folk Art Sheep Needle Felting Kit Chinese Dragon Needle Felting Kit, or Rooster Needle Felting Kit. Just think, you can bring Neysa’s designs to life.

 

Each kit includes clear step by step instructions that will have even a novice needling in no time. Finished tapestry can be used as a wall hanging or made into a pillow or adorn a larger project. Kit includes instructions, a stencil, piece of pre-felt, 2 felting needles, fiber to complete the design and needling board. Design measures approximately 12″-14″ square. Plan approximately 4-6 hours to complete.

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We’re so excited to be offering 4 fragrances of LaviShea Lotion Bars: Lavishea Lemongrass Lotion Bar, Lavishea Lavender Lotion Bar, Lavishea Orange Pomander Lotion Bar, Lavishea White Lily and Amber Lotion Bar. Quite simply, they’re the best. We were first exposed to this “wonder” bar, as I like to refer to it, at a trade show and new immediately we wanted to offer it to our customers.

 

First and foremost, LaviShea nourishes your hands like no other product by integrating the moisturizing and healing properties of unrefined shea butter, organic coconut oil and 100% natural soy, complimented with premium botanical oils, essential oils, and/or fragrance. The combination of ingredients penetrates into the skin quickly and deeply without leaving a greasy residue – we can vouch for that. Plus… It’s made in the U.S.A. The easy to open packaging is made with BPA-free recycled plastic that’s totally recyclable. The product is never tested on animals. It’s TSA-friendly, so great for travel near and far. There’s lots to love, but the bottom line is it works so well.

You’ve got to feel to believe it. Imagine, moisturizing one minute and continuing on with your fiber work the the next. But you don’t have to be a fiber lover to love LaviShea. Man, woman, gardener, mason, librarian… Everyone loves LaviShea. Which fragrance will you try first?

 

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Next Steps in Weaving - What you Never Knew you Needed to Know by Pattie Graver is a definite “must have” for any weaver ready to move beyond twill. Having answered countless questions regarding specific weaving concepts from fellow weavers who lacked technical knowledge, Pattie knew there there was a need for guided education to take weavers to the next level. Thus, Next Steps in Weaving was born.

Pattie’s own words best describe the book…

Next Steps in Weaving focuses on fundamental weaving concepts and offers a direction of study with the opportunity to experience a variety of weaves and variations; it will help you dive in and become a weaver. By reading the chapters and weaving the samplers and projects, you’ll acquire a solid understanding of the concepts presented in this book. I’ve tried to include all the information I longed for when I was ready to move beyond twill.”

Each chapter has a specific focus, starting with twill and then moving on through color-and-weave, overshot, summer and winter, and finally lace. It’s a comprehensive, thorough education you’ll really value.

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