After what seems to be forever, things are slowly getting back to the new norm. County fairs, events and pop-up shops are advertising dates for this year. Hopefully it will all work out.
We have started to book into events and hope to see our customers face to face, as well as selling on our website and on line.
We are Lincolnshire based and intend to stay local, Carrington, Boston steam, Gunby Hall, The North Sea Observatory, Wrangle, Brockelsby and Gosberton are a few places already pencilled in.
We are also looking into being much more a brand of sustainability, we are already plastic free and want to maintain our policy of not buying anything in, timber being the exception, which is sourced locally.
Prices are going up everywhere and we are trying to keep our prices as low as possible. Timber has gone up over 200% and we have to increase our prices slightly. We are continuing to support other local small businesses and have started to stock bird boxes and feeders, as well as our dog pull toys in a local pet store, called Lilly Ark, A16, Stickney. PE22.
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 am looking into new venues for courses and am available for hire , if you have a teaching space.
Tracy is a qualified tutor, Bs Hons, with full insurance. I teach peg loom, and pin loom weaving, lucet braiding, from field to fibre, spinning on a traditional Ashford spinning wheel and hand spinning. I can be booked on an hourly rate, plus expenses, with equipment
included for a class, of up to 6. At a venue around the area of East Lindsey, Boston, Lincoln and Spalding. Or classes per person, at a set price.
On the eve of the COP26 climate summit, the news is full of celebrities and campaigners, adding their point of view. Arnold Schwarzenegger has added that one of the biggest pollutants is cargo ships.
"Buy local products. Every time you buy something from overseas, that is evil for the environment - this is like the worst thing you can do." He said in an interview with the BBC on 29th October 2021.
I have, for a long time, tried this philosophy. Although I do get the occasional parcel, which states UK, when ordering only to turns up with
a Chinese import label. It isn’t always as easy as we may think. Our customers
can rest assured that all our items, were made by Ed, in our GB workshop, in
Lincolnshire. All our wood is sourced in Lincolnshire and we try to use British
We also have an eco-statement on here. We use and reuse as much as possible. We reuse packaging. I loved the idea of fancy boxes, with our
logo on, coloured wrapped tissue paper and post cards with our information on,
thank you cards and stickers. However, the reality is that this is a waste of
resources. With unnecessary waste generated by the extra printing, sticky
labels and coloured glossy paper, that cannot be recycled. So, we chose to buy
boxes destined to be destroyed, as they were ordered by other companies and surplus to requirements. Every box we and our neighbours receive is reused. Shoe boxes, Amazon, eBay, I have even used a box that was home to a blow-up floating flamingo. (Not one of my purchases, I must add).