Our next event date is September 25th -26th We have secured exhibition space at the North Sea Observatory, With regular monthly retail Makers markets and live demonstrations of craft. we will be show casing our new eco-friendly, plastic-free Kitchen range. Which includes chopping boards, serving platters, caddy spoons and so much more. .This will be a market dedicated exclusively to Handmade traders and conscious consumers, so naturally, it fits in very well with our sustainable products.
We have spent many hours of research and sample makes to bring you our new eco-conscious collection. Firstly, we had to consider where we would source our timber from. Trying to keep our carbon footprint as low as possible. We buy all our Timber in Lincolnshire. Who in turn supply us with as much British sourced timber, that they can supply. On occasion we have to turn to European sourced wood, which comes from FSC and sustainable forests.
The Covid-19 pandemic has altered people’s lives in both
enormous and small ways. Mentally, socially, economically and spiritually.
We are trying to lighten the mood by starting to stock our festive Christmas and Hanukkah gifts.
While freight costs have increased by 200/300% in the last year, with truck shortages in some regions, container availability and shipping problems, higher fuel prices, he problem with the stuck ship in Panama and workers not working around the world, due to isolation and restrictions, this year has not been easy for traders.
We are extremely lucky, as we make all our items ourselves. Wood shortages have been apparent. However, I am sure this will be a short-term problem.
Due to employees being furloughed, we strongly believe it will recover, when people are back at work and wood processing beings to get back to a normal pace.
We have been working hard, every day. We had a lot of stock and supplies available to us. We have also managed to source most of what we need. We hope customers understand that we are unable to make every bespoke item requested.
For us, we will continue to deliver our website on line services. Our store is fully stocked with readymade items. We are also looking forward to enjoying seeing people’s faces . July was plastic free month. We had decided long ago to adopt
this throughout our business. So not only have we been taking part, but it is a continuation of our commitment to become as zero sustainable as we can be!
We know the price tag of sustainable items can be overwhelming, and therefore, can seem expensive to live a sustainable lifestyle. You will benefit in the long run and it will be well worth the simple switch! By reusing over and over, the wooden items are designed to last. Our items are not just practical alternatives, but also
beautiful gifts. We try to keep our prices as low as possible. Why we are cheaper on our website. We sell on a few selling
platforms. Up until recently we sold on eBay, from 2016, Etsy from 2017, Amazon 2020 and our own website from 2020. We decided to close our Amazon and eBay shops, due to the high cost of transaction and payment processing fees. So, when our customers ask us why we can sell our items cheaper on our own website, than Etsy, I would like to share with you the additional cost we incur as a seller.
Firstly, every item is listed, which incurs a 20p fee. In the UK we are charged 4% +20p for every sale that we make. This is called the payment processing fee. 5% of all items costs, which is gift wrap, postage and the designated listing occur a transaction fee. Then we pay 20% UK VAT on all of these payments.
Breaking this down a £10 listed item fee is as follows
20p listing fee
Regulatory Fee 4p
60p payment processing fee
50p transaction fee
Which leaves just £4.20.
This is how we can charge less on our website. We do pay for our website and we pay PayPal a transaction fee on every payment processed. However if we paid the 12% of site ad fee, which Esty has auto enrolled us in , then we have to pay additional costs. Resulting in this sale giving us just £3
We are trying to become as carbon neutral as we can be. Our LED lighting is fitted throughout our office rooms and workshop. We also have solar panels, that generate approximately 65% of our electricity consumption. We recycle every piece of cardboard and packaging we receive. Every piece of timber purchased is used. We want to focus on a circular model, where every part of our material used can have a second, or even third life.
To make our items, fire wood, compost or animal bedding. We are a company dedicated to defending our biodiverse land and are careful where we buy our timber from. We try not to use plastic, but if we do, it is either recycled packaging or our 100% biodegradable recycled plastic carrier bags, which are available for our face-to-face customers, on request.
As we have moved to online sales, we started to have conversations. Among the many conversations that we collectively had, the one that worried me the most is the use of single-use boxes and plastics and the effect it has on life. If you have never shopped with us before you may be surprised with your parcel. The package you receive may look a little different from what you may expect. A cereal box, shoe box, supermarket surplus or recycled package. We use cardboard boxes, which are mainly recycled pre parcelled boxes, or surplus new food boxes that would have been disposed of. We also collect from family and neighbours. This way we try and keep the cardboard in use and give them another purpose in life. We also shred waste paper to use as packaging. This has not only been an excellent idea during lock down, but something we intend to continue to do.
During the war old pieces of wood were used as frames with
nails in them. they were known as nail looms.
Rugs were made on them. the gaps were usually 1cm, at least apart. sometimes an inch, and rags were used. According to the history I have found.
I know that they are widely used within the spinning and weaving community and lots of groups use them. I was given one,
which was a piece of wood with nails in. 10inch square with 8-inch square pins. I couldn't use it. I have a right arm disability. I found it bulky, hard to hold and almost impossible to weave.
So I asked Ed to drill a big hole in the middle. Then we modified an orifice hook, which we later made stronger, into our weaving hook we use today. After several goes, we decided to start again and make a wooden frame. Little did I know then that there was a market or even other loom makers out there. Which is why our looms are based on my needs and friends requests. It has just grown from there. I attended the Buxton, wool gatherings in 2019. We were the only loom makers,selling only a few. Most of the stuff we sold were all yarn bowls and spinning items. Our looms have gone as far as the Netherlands, Greece and Spain, as high up as Scotland's little islands and as far down as Devon and Cornwall.
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I have managed to acquire a beautiful Ashford spinning
wheel. This is actually my third.
It needed a full service and bespoke pieces to make it work.
Nothing Ed couldn’t make in the workshop. So now I have my own and two training spinning wheels. So watch this space for some spinning wool courses.
I run a variety of craft courses, mainly with the Alford Craft Market. Pin loom weaving , spinning , peg loom weaving and fibre preparation. As Covid has cancelled mainly of the classes for 2021 ,I am expanding my portfolio to offer more range, to my woolly orientated classes. Please look and book direct from the Alford Craft Market website.