blackdogandgingercat

Two kit discount

27 GBP / In stock.
Special Offer Needle Felt Kits - hare and bear and dog and reindeer and birds and bunnies, so much more. 2 kits for £27.

I was trying to work out why I think blackdogandgingercat kits are the best on the market - there's so many.
So, I wrote a TOP TEN REASON TO BUY countdown.

NUMBER 1: Our appreciation, love and support of important charities such as SANE, as seen here in our black dog kit. And in turn, the sales of all of the other kits help to support my other work alongside charities such as ACEarts, MIND, and Somerset Wildlife Trust, as seen in the ongoing FIFTY BEES project.

NUMBER 2: Our wool is Renewable - it just grows and grows on the back of the sheep as long as there is grass to graze on and that makes wool totally renewable fibre source. It's Biodegradable - totally. It breaks down; it returns to the solid and it makes fabulous mulch. And as it breaks down it releases nutrients into the soil – how cool is that. It's Natural - one hundred percent natural and it’s been used since the Stone Age. And I use British because I believe we have some of the best animal welfare in the world.

NUMBER 3: We love supporting artisan makers, small scale dyers, local suppliers and small businesses in our own area - we’re all linked, all interconnected so why not help each other out? Here you see Fern floating on a sea of hand-dyed British Wool, dyed in Wales.

NUMBER 4: Every single element, ingredient or component in my kits are as environmentally responsible as possible.
It is either: Reused, Recycled, Recyclable, Repurposed, and/or British to save on transport and for animal welfare reasons. Because we’ve got to give this beautiful world of ours a hand. In the picture you’ll see Fern and friend next to a pile of worksheets - all of them printed onto recycled paper. There’s one particular part of these kits which has troubled me since I began designing them. And that’s the sponges, nasty plastic things. But good news on that front and I’ll tell you about that down the page.

NUMBER 5: They are suitable for anyone, yes ANYONE! No matter what your skill levels are, whether you are a complete novice or whether you have been working in Wool for a while, there is a kit made for you.
We have super, super easy, beginners, challenging and, at the top of the Ladder of Learning, the ‘Oh So Very Challenging’. There is an ethical dimension to selling these kits, too, it’s got to right for you or I’m not doing my job! And if I don’t do my job, I create waste. For example, my plan is that if you’re a beginner and you buy a bear kit, by the time you’ve created the bear, you ARE A NEEDLE FELTER - you need never buy another kit. (Obviously, I’d love it if you bought more but you shouldn’t have to!)

NUMBER 6: Again, they are suitable for anyone, including needlefelters who already have some felting experience. The four-legged animals are at the top of the Ladder of Learning, in the ‘Oh So Very Challenging’ category.

NUMBER 7: Tip-top Aftercare. It’s really important to me (and I’m sure it is to you, too) that you get good follow up care when you buy one of our kits. So, have ‘a word in my shell like’, email me or stop by for a chat if you ever need advice or to pick my brains on tips on how best to work your wool.

NUMBER 8: I REUSE everything. In one of the pictures you see a box full of reindeer needlefelt kits on their way to The Cairngorms last week, in a World of Wool box - hurrah - it’s a bit like the circle of life.

NUMBER 9. Remember I said there was one part of my kits that I was unhappy with? The nasty plastic sponges? Well, good news on that front.Sometimes it can feel like an uphill struggle making sure everything is ‘right’, especially when you’re a bit of an ethical fascist, like me. A few weeks ago I was having a conversation with Nicky at Livingstone Textiles and moaning about my ‘sponge dilemma’ (you know, like you do). And I was overwhelmed when she later to offered me the offcuts from their amazing upholstery service. Isn’t that brilliant? So, I have the same basic ingredients but this time I’m not buying new. Instead, I’m using someone else’s waste. Just brilliant - and a very happy Lydia. Hurrah for Nicky! Hurrah for Livingstone Textiles! And hurrah for the interconnectedness of all things!

AND NUMBER 10: There's this special offer

So all you have to do is email me to let me know which two kits you'd like.