We took down our former Fiber business website to reduce costs. I will be working on this page as a replacement, soon. You can find our own fiber under THISpage. Please call regarding our fiber arts supplies, tools, kits and classes. The wording from our previous page appears below, and will be set up properly soon.
Fleeces, Roving and Yarns...Fleeces: 2018 Shearing will be mid March, and we will have about 30 fleeces this year!
Please NOTE: The Herdwick fleece is a RUG WOOL, or good for OUTER WEAR. It is not recommended for wear next to the skin, as it will be scritchy. If you want the Herdwick colors, but want something softer, we may occasionally have a fleece that does not express the Herdwick traits as strongly, and will be softer. Please call to discuss availability and possible color.
US Herdwick Cross Fleeces - well skirted, unique color variations from black/brown to silver grey - some mixed color fleeces available. These fleeces are specially selected for showing the most Herdwick type traits of the dual ("quad") coat. See below for availability.
Additionally we have fleeces which display non-Herdwick type fiber. These lean toward suffolk and polypay style fleeces, but the animals they are from are 62.5% Herdwick from our own Flock. These fleeces are available in a nearly pure black, from "Alysia", and a milk chocolate grey, from "Helvellyn".
Hogget (first shearing) - $22.00/lb 2nd Shear on - $18.00/lb Non Herdy type - $15.00/lb Dark or Marbled color greys mixed
Shipping costs are additional. We will calculate your total cost and contact you before shipping.
NOTE: Availability, color and pricing are subject to change without notice.
We currently have about 10lbs of beautiful soft white, with Herdwick type texture, pin-draft roving. It is perfect for locker-hooking rugs, handspinning and felting. $6.00/oz
We have several lines of our Herdwick cross 3 ply yarn, ideal for rug hooking/punch needle, knitting, crocheting and weaving.
AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT PURE HERDWICK FLEECES!
Herdwick Wool is a unique "quad-coat", and contains wool, hair, kemp and a unique fiber called heterotypic fiber. This fiber changes its insulative properties according to the weather/season.
Because of these various fibers, Herdwick wool, in the UK, is primarily used for carpet/rugs, or outerwear - renowned for it's "Herdwick Tweed" jackets. It is not a fiber you would appreciate on the skin. However....
Because of these unique fibers, the wool is exceptionally warm, and weather resistant, allowing these sheep to survive at 3,000 feet altitude. Shepherds in England claim that after a rain, the Herdwick sheep are the first to dry.
Additionally, the hair and kemp make the wool very strong, which lends itself wonderfully for rugs and carpets.
These yarns will work excellently for outerwear, or garments that may be lined with another softer material.
Medium grey 100% Herdwick Yarn from the U.K.
A lovely two tone "Marl" yarn of light and dark Herdwick Aran weight - 100 g/ 80 m
6 skeins in stock- $25.00/skein
Black Hog 100% Herdwick Yarn from the U.K. Black Hog wool is the first shearing from Hogget, or yearling, sheep. Chunky weight, 100 grams
8 skeins in stock - $25.00/skein
Roving....Roving will be available sometime in 2014. It is available occasionally from England, which is special order. Call for arrangements and availability. This roving is available usually in light grey, medium grey and black. Price is determined at time of order, dependent upon order size, and shipping costs. ORDER FOR UK ROVING MUST BE PAID IN ADVANCE. I work with Crookabeck Farm to make all conversions in weight and price from grams and Pounds, to ounces and US $. Payment needs to be prompt, as currency rates change multiple times daily.
Luxurious Felted Soaps! Scrubbie and soap together as one! Each of our felted soaps are hand made inside and out and one of a kind. All natural nourishing tallow soap on the inside in lovely scents from essential and natural oils, for the upcoming seasons of balsam, peppermint, apple and pumpkin spice. Some goat milk soap available, made with fresh goat milk. Other scents occasionally available. 100% natural fiber felted scrubbie on the outside made with 100% wool in white, natural and dyed wools. Embellishments from natural fiber yarns. Special orders welcome.
Custom Orders welcome, additional fee may apply. See scents below. 4 oz bars
Felted Tallow Soap ~ were $10.00, now $8.50! or 4 for $30,
Scents: Peppermint Balsam Apple ~ Red with green leaves Pumpkin Spice ~ orange with green leaves Lavendar Juniper Berry
Additional Scents available, call for listing.
Felted Soap Kits!Make your own felted soap! Two kits available and another to follow soon! Kit's include supplies and instructions.
Felta Bar Kit ~ Includes instructions, one bar soap, supplies ~ $6.50 (limited supply due to replacement by the following kit)
Updated 4/16/13 Holiday Happenings and Santa Specials! NEW 2 foot Travel Tri-loom Kit!Save $20! Kit Includes: Loom wood hook, locker hook, golden scissors and instructions all in one of our NEW hand-crafted custom designed Carry~Alls! Shown below are the patterns in stock and availability. Bag details include soft padded roomy interior with deep, zippered pocket and notches for hooks. Double handles have rolled grips for comfort in carrying your loom kit where ever you go. Perfect for the busy person on your holiday list! Kit price: ONLY $175
Kit items are also available separately at regular prices (would total $195, compared to kit sale!)
Pictured Left to Right - Around the World Postage Stamps pattern, and Burgundy color with Paisley designs. Custom designs available starting January - allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery. Click on the photo for a larger image.
STOCKING STUFFERS!Holiday Helder~Herdwyck Ornaments and Chocolates! Truly One of a kind! Great Package Toppers/ Stocking Stuffers/Hostess GiftsYou can't find these gifts anywhere else on Earth! Get your ewe, and a lamb, too! Our hand cut, hand painted Herdwick Ornaments from here at the Helder~Herdwyck are the perfect addition to your favorite Shepherds' trees! Include green or red satin hanging loops and say "Herdwick" in gold hand-written lettering.
Ewe - $7.50 Lamb - $5.00 SPECIAL - Ewe and two lambs ~ $15.00
Hand made Chocolates: (photos below) Dark chocolate ewes with white chocolate faces/legs, standing in their green pasture ("herdvyck").
Decorated baggie of two ewes ~ $3.50 Box o' Flock - 6 ewes in ready to give box w/ bow ~ $10.00
Check out our other stocking stuffer items below!
Great stocking stuffers!Introducing, our new Seasonal Felted Soaps. Each naturally scented soap is hand-felted. Just think, your soap and scrubby in one! Makes a lovely seasonal decoration for your guest bath, or great hostess gifts for the Holidays!
Available now: Christmas themes Now only $8.50 each, 2 for $16.00, or 4 for $30.
Scents available - pumpkin, Juniper Berry, Balsam and Peppermint
Here are some Gift Suggestions for the Holidays!
Gift Certificates available and usable for any item or service offered by The Wren's Nest, excludes workshops with guest instructors.
Small, medium or large Loom Kits to get weaving! Call for details and prices until posted soon.
Oxford Rug Punching Needle set, or Rug Hooking sampler.
Workshop registration deposit.
Custom woven item - hat, scarf, shrug, shawl, ruana, poncho, pillow, rug, washcloth, etc.
Gift basket with a collection of items from tools, fiber, books, etc. Consider this, and include a gift certificate!
Don't forget the little fiber fans on your list! The mini-mod looms and potholder looms make great gifts for the little ones.
Great Stocking Stuffers! - DVDs, hooks, Needle Punch kit in decorative box, sheep tape measures, stitch markers, soaps, spindles, chocolate Herdwicks and more!
Fibers: Roving: white Montadale or pindrafted Romney. $15 and $28 per lb., respectively. Ameri~wick Herdwick cross pindraft roving - great for weaving, felting, locker hooked matts and rugs. $30/lb.
Notice: Prices, descriptions and availability subject to change without notice.
NEW this year, our own, Herdwick bred natural colored roving! Use it for spinning, weaving, braiding rugs, felting and more! Our unique Herdwick cross Rug Yarn: At last, created from primarily 75% Herdwick cross wool, we created a beautiful, unique 3-ply bulky rug yarn for all your rug making needs - be it weaving, needle-punch or hooking. or outer-wear creations. In three luscious shades of all natural greys. This yarn is not available anywhere in the world but here at The Wren's Nest at Helder-Herdwyck Farm! The four different fibers that make up the fleeces of Herdwick sheep provide the same unique attributes to this yarn that help these sheep survive winters at up to 3,000 ft. Use this wonderful wool to create warm, weather-resistant outer wear, or cozy items such as coasters, chair pads or rugs for your home's decor. Over-dye these skeins for an antiqued, heathered look to your projects. Dark warm grey is limited.
Approximately 65 yards/skein - $25.00 or $28 for overdyed
Visit our Farm Website for additional NEW lines of American Herdwick cross yarns!
NEW for 2014! - Left to Right in photo, Approx. 65 yards
"From Our Flock" - a yarn created entirely from our own flock's wool. Dark cool grey only.
$25/skein, $28 overdyed
"Ameri~wick" TM, a yarn derived from Herdwick Cross wool grown on other farms in the U.S.
$20/skein, $22 for dyed
"Coyote" - two toned, plyed skein of Ameri~wick & From Our Flock
Various absolutely gorgeous skeins from ArtYarns. - Supermerino, Ultrabulky, Cotton Spring, Cashmere sock yarn, and Beaded Mohair (also contains silk). Photos to follow, just email or call if needed ASAP. $19.50 to $36.50/skein 1/2 price! Choices are getting limited!
Hand~spun: Now available - White - shiny Border Leicester 2-ply, can order dyed if you wish. White Romney - soft and luscious. 1 skein llama/romney blend in a warm grey.
Weaving at The Wren's Nest...NEW LOOMS available, see our New Items! page for info. Price, description and availability is subject to change without notice. AND there is a NEW, SIMPLIFIED method of weaving on the Rectangle Frame Loom. Sign up for one of our workshops, call for more info! Welcome to the wonderful world of continuous strand weaving!! These are the only looms that dress themselves! No warping needed. That's because all warping and weaving is done simultaneously, with a single strand, from a center pull ball of yarn. After laying down the first two warp threads, just weave a loop down from the top of the loom and spread it apart. Each woven loop provides two wefts woven at once (the sides of the loop), PLUS the next warp (the bottom of the loop). As you continue to weave loops and spread them apart, the weaving progresses from the outside corners to the center AND from the top to the bottom of the loom all at the same time. Very different. Amazingly simple to use, and perfect for a beginning weaver while intriguing and challenging for an experienced weaver, as well. This technique, allowing unlimited creativity, also lets you see the entire weaving as it develops. Change colors, structures & fibers at your whim. Plan intricate designs. Unique and delicate yarns can be used in both warp and weft directions, with NO loom waste, thereby they are very economical, and great for your valuable handspun! Two or more pieces can be easily joined together to create blankets, ponchos, ruana, skirts, vests, scarves, rugs and more - limited only by your imagination. Hand-made in the USA, these looms are built of natural gorgeous hardwoods in Maple, Cherry, Red Oak and Black Walnut. We carry all sizes, from the Spriggs Patented, Adjustable 7' Triangle, which gives you 9 looms in one, 5' Square and 7' Rectangle, also providing numerous sized looms in one, to travel sizes and the famous Mini-module Kits. We also carry a variety of patterns for projects made on these looms. Looms can be built to custom sizes, as well. Call for more information. In addition, “The Continuous Strand Weaving Method ” is available here. Please call with any questions! All items can be shipped direct to your door - call for shipping estimate - or picked up at our shop or one of our shows. Please note, woods used are a product of nature and will exhibit certain variations in color or texture not affecting the functionality whatsoever, but certainly adding to the unique beauty of your loom, making it one of a kind.
All looms come with easy to follow, written instructions.
Looms are also available in custom sizes
Long sides of the Triangle looms fit to the matching size (7', travel size or mini-module) of Square or Rectangle looms, for ease in piecing shapes together. (see example in photo for 18" square travel loom below).
ALL LOOMS ordered for shipment will be shipped from Missouri - Shipping will be calculated and added upon receipt of your order - PLEASE CALL for delivery cost to your zip! Prices subject to change without notice. (518) 872-9081 Click the links below to go to our looms.... and HERE to see what I'm currently working on .
How to use our wonderful wooden weaving hooks....These hooks are handcrafted from hardwoods, here in upstate NY. Each tool is unique, one of a kind, and has a smooth large hook opening that accommodates even heavier yarns without pinching like other hooks out there. They are light-weight and comfortable to use. I use the hook to save a lot of time weaving, as they range from about 10" for smaller looms, up to about 24", the longest available.
gain a wider section of pickup per pass with it than using your hands, reduces number of repetitions of pickup to complete weaving each loop.
with fuzzy or sticky yarns like mohair, use the hook to slide across the loom to open the "shed" before bringing your loop down
easily weave twill with no misses, these hooks have a convenient hole on the other end that I tie a long section of yarn onto. That way, I can start at the very bottom, pick up my appropriate threads for the twill pattern all the way up to the top and the trailing yarn in the "eye" of this hook holds the pattern threads. Hook my weft yarn, and slowly pull the tail from the bottom, bringing hook and yarn down all together.
simplify lace - use the hook backwards. pick up your shed from the top down, numbering the threads to my eyes - 1, 2, 4, 1, 2 4, etc, using the eye end of the hook. Then, when the hook is near the top, hook it on the weft yarn to draw it down.
Useful for harness loom weavers, finish weaving the last narrow section of warp where your standard shuttle won't reach.
Actually a couple other uses - they are handy for the weaving itch between your shoulders, and, as a weaving instructor, I use it as a pointer, as well. Listening to classical music, you can join the conductor, too! (Drumming is not recommended.)
Smaller Sized Frame Looms with big possibilities! Updated 2/22/2012New, the Triangle Multi-Loom Triangle Multi-Loom Weave a triangle to match your Multi squares! Expand the possibilities of projects. Triangles can be woven Quilt Weaver style as well as Multi style, but either matches your 6" and 4" multiloom squares or the older types you may find in your attic or on the web. The instruction book that comes with your loom will illustrate both techniques mentioned above. Available in Maple, Oak, Mahogany, Cherry or Walnut. MADE IN USA. Shipping is additional, so call ahead. 4" triangle $31.50 6" triangle $41.50
Square and Bookmark Multi Looms Square Multi-Loom The Multi has a different look! It's the perfect 4" square loom for all your favorite finer yarns! It now has the famous three pin look you've been hunting for and it's called the Multi-Loom because, with corner pins, there are at least three different ways to weave on it. Each one gives you a different texture and a different type of fabric for your projects. There is also a Multi in a 2"x 6" rectangle, and any size can be made to order. The instruction book that comes with your loom will illustrate all three of these techniques for you. Shipping is additional, so call ahead. Available in maple, Oak, Mahogany, Ash, Walnut and Cherry. MADE IN USA!
Sizes and prices are: 2" - $27.50 4" - $31.50 6" - $41.50 2" x 6" - $31.50 4" x 6" - $39.50
From Harrisville Designs - Potholder Loom!These are the good old-fashioned METAL potholder looms. Comes with Custom made multi-colored Cotton loops. Enough for 2 potholders. $16.95
NEW! Sizes and Shapes of Frame Looms!These looms are made in the USA, of beautiful hardwoods finished in Danish Oil. They have alternating light and dark nails and all come with packing forks, weaving hooks and instruction booklets with project ideas. Indicate wood choice when ordering (see charts below), exotic woods add $10.00. Tumbling Block Loom ~ New!These looms come with the weaving hook, packing fork and a small booklet of weaving instruction and some ideas to get you started weaving new and exciting designs!
3 1/2" - $30.00 7" - $43.00
Tiny Weaver Set ~ New!The set includes the square and triangle looms plus one packing fork made to scale, the weaving hook and instruction/project book.
$26.00 Triangle alone
$26.00 Square alone
Diamond Loom ~ New!These looms are intended to be used with a triangle or square loom, but could be used alone. It comes with the weaving hook, packing fork and a small booklet of weaving instruction and some pattern ideas to get you started weaving new and exciting designs!
3 1/2" $26.00 7" $42.00
Quilt Weaver Set ~ NEW!7" Square Loom with matching Triangle, packing comb, weaving hook and instruction book. $70.00
(Exotic woods, add $10.00)
Packing Forks ~ New!$6.00 and $12.00 each
Select Wood Choices below (only for looms on this page)Regular Woods.....Exotic Woods - add $10.00Add $10.00 to loom price for these woods. Left to right, top then bottom: Bloodwood Douglas Fir Jotuba, also called Brazilian Cherry Madrone Reclaimed Phillipine Mahogany Zebrawood Quartersawn White Oak Tenessee Red Cedar Birdseye Maple Purpleheart Lacewood Reclaimed California Redwood Subject to availability are: Ipe, Myrtle, Bobinga, Fishtail Oak-similar to Lacewood, Hickory (not pictured)
Weaving Tools... Updated 10/11/15 Wooden Hook Tools ~ our own, the longest available!We make the longest and only wooden hook weaving/lace tool out there!
These are a long flat and narrow wooden tool with a hook at one tapered end and a small eye at the other end which is specially formed for weaving lace. I highly recommend this tool for creating a longer swath of "shed" than you can with your hand or locker hook. It prevents pesky spreading in your warp threads as you progress. It is also excellent in separating fuzzier fibers, as well as maintaining structure when weaving twills and other advanced techniques. Also useful to harness loom weavers for filling in the last available warp, where standard shuttles won't fit. Recommended for Travel or larger frame looms, table or floor harness looms. Instructions below:
Short (8" to 12"): $12.00 Long: (13" to 24") $15.00
For wood color comparison - furthest left is cherry, next is maple, 3 middle are oak, next is maple, right is black walnut. Wood availability is subject to change without notice. We attempt to meet customer preference whenever possible, substitutions will be made at our discretion when necessary.
How to use our wonderful wooden weaving hooks....These hooks, pictured below, are handcrafted here in upstate NY of hardwoods. Each tool is unique, one of a kind, and has a smooth large hook opening that accommodates even heavier yarns without pinching like other hooks out there. They are light-weight and comfortable to use. I use the hook to save a lot of time weaving, as they range from about 10" for smaller looms, up to about 22". Pics follow this info.....
gain a wider section of pickup per pass with it than using your hands, which otherwise allows only about 8" of pick up at a time - this needs to be repeated many times all the way to the bottom, once you're near the center. With the hook pictured, I only need to repeat the pick up twice for each loop woven, and the loops pull down in one fell swoop
eliminate the headache of weaving with fuzzy or sticky yarns like mohair, you will see in the video, once you pick up the section of your fuzzy yarn, slide the hook across your warps to the other side and back, then hook your yarn and pull the loop down. Pick up the rest and do the same, anchor your loop and open across. Viola! No more headache!
easily weave twill with no misses, I pick up my pattern with the hook from the bottom up, BUT, since I would easily lose my place by working in sections from the top down, as with plain weave, these hooks have a convenient hole on the other end that I tie a long section of yarn onto. That way, I can start at the very bottom, pick up my appropriate threads for the twill pattern all the way up to the top and the trailing yarn in the "eye" of this hook holds the pattern threads. Hook my "weft" yarn, and slowly pull the tail from the bottom, bringing hook and yarn down all together. (Hint - if using sticky yarn in this use, slide the hook back and forth a few times on the way up to open the shed as you pick up). When finished, use the trailing yarn for fringe if made.
simplify lace - when weaving something such as Huck Lace, I use my hook backwards. I translate the pattern for the lace for 4 shaft loom, and therefore pick up my shed from the top down, numbering the threads to my eyes - 1, 2, 4, 1, 2 4, etc, using the eye end of the hook. Then, when I get to where the hook is near the top, I prepare to hook it on the weft yarn to draw it down. (Again, open the shed with it before bringing down the weft.)
Actually a couple other uses - they are handy for the weaving itch between your shoulders, and, as a weaving instructor, I use it as a pointer, as well. Listening to classical music, you can join the conductor, too!Locker HooksNickel plated, this tool is used for fringe work and removing your finished piece from the loom, as well as joining multiple pieces to working more advanced weaving structures such as leno lace, and embellishments.
Lowest Prices on Spriggs ~ Order these looms by May 31, 2013 and catch a deal! ~7' Adjustable Triangle Frame Loom - These looms are made from native hardwood Maple, our lightest colored wood, and Missouri Red Oak. (Not pictured). Nine looms in ONE! Adjusts to 9 separate sizes from 7 ' to 3 1/2'. Perfectly paired with the Tri-pod stand listed below. Disassembles for easy storage. We recommend keeping the box for storage and protection of nails. Piece several weavings together for blankets, rugs, jackets and more. OUT OF STOCK - ORDERS ONLY.
Shipping is additional, call for total price to your zipcode.
Oak or Maple ~ Regular $318.00
Cherry or Walnut ~ Regular $335.00
5' Square Adjustable Frame Loom -Use this loom for multiple sizes of pillows, bags, blankets and throws, or large bedspreads. This loom allows you to make a square without the need to piece two triangles together. Nine looms and more, in ONE! Adjusts to 9 different square sizes, plus some rectangles! (rectangles may not work with continuous strand method. Use as tapestry or the like.) Disassembles for easy storage. Fits the Tri-Pod Stand, listed below. OUT OF STOCK - ORDERS ONLY.
Oak or Maple ~ Regular $360.00
Cherry or Walnut ~ Regular $382.00
7' Adjustable Rectangle Frame LoomUse this loom for multiple sizes of rectangular scarves, shawls, table runners, rugs, bags, blankets and more. Nine looms in one! Plus more. Use the continuous strand weaving method, or, because of it's shape, warp it and weave tapestry style. Disassembles for easy storage. Fits on the Tri-Pod stand listed below. OUT OF STOCK, ORDERS ONLY.
Oak or Maple ~ Regular $360.00, Cherry or Walnut ~ Regualr $382.00
~ Tri-Pod Stand ~These folding tri-pod stands have 5 height adjustments to allow for standing or seated weaving, and are designed to hold the Triangle, Square and Rectangle Frame Looms. Also holds most travel size looms. Folds easily for storage under bed or in closet, etc. The stands are built of the same beautiful hardwoods, so you can mix or match. If purchased with your Loom, it will ship in the same box. $199.00 Shipping additional. Triangle Frame Loom Weaving Magic - DVD This easy to follow video walks you through an introduction to continuous strand weaving, showing you examples of projects and starting you right off from the very beginning with tying on your yarn through color changes to finishing your end piece. Several tips showing more advanced things you can do. Highly recommended to the beginner!
$36.95 plus $5 media s
Travel Tri-Loom Carry-All bag - holds everything! $75.00 Travel Frame Looms ~Updated 1/14/2014 2 ft. Travel Tri-Looms -Available in Maple, Oak, Cherry or Black Walnut. Perfect for smaller projects, or piecing huge ones! See our patterns page for garments and bags made with these looms. Fits the Tri-Pod Stand sold above, or the mini-tripod stand below. (Maple and Cherry shown)
Shipping $10.95 anywhere in continental U.S.
18 or 27 inch Square Travel Frame Looms ~ The 18" Square Travel Frame Loom, pictured on the right.
Note how the sides are equivalent for easy piecing (it's the same with all sizes)
18" - $100.00
27" - $130.00
Shipping $10.95 or 12.95 anywhere in continental U.S
3 ft. Travel Tri-Looms - Available in Maple, Oak, Cherry or Black Walnut. Perfect for smaller projects, or piecing huge ones! See our patterns page for garments and bags made with these looms. Fits the Tri-Pod Stand sold above, or the mini-tripod stand below. (Maple 3 ft. and Cherry 2 ft. shown on a Black Walnut Tri-pod Stand)
Shipping $12.95 anywhere in continental U.S
20 or 30 inch Rectangle Travel Frame Looms ~These are perfect for scarves, placemats, towels, long pillows, vests, you imagine it you can make it! 20" shown at top, 30" at bottom. Maple, Oak, Cherry or Black Walnut.
Shipping $10.95 anywhere in continental U.S
Mini Tri-pod StandAvailable in Maple, Oak, Cherry or Black Walnut, these folding mini-stands fit all shapes of travel size looms. Unique design at the top grips and holds the looms when the legs are extended.
$115.00 SOLD OUT Shi
Crochet Corner... Updated 5/28/2012NEW!! Chiaogoo Bamboo Crochet HooksOur all-bamboo, natural color crochet hooks have a Chinese blessing (in addition to the size) permanently laser marked on each hook. They have a perfectly tapered hook with a precisely placed hold for comfort in your hand. The all bamboo crochet hooks in sizes E/3.5mm through P/11.5mm are only available in the natural color. Sizes Q/15.75mm through U/25.0mm are available only in dark patina
NEW!! Chiaogoo Metal-head bamboo handle crochet hooksOur ChiaoGoo Metal-Head Crochet Hooks have a flat bamboo handle that fits comfortably in your hand. These crochet hooks are only available in natural color.
We are proud to give you notice that we will be carrying chicagou hooks and needles soon. Check back to get yours!
We offer all natural crochet hooks of various sizes and types, including the double ended, afghan or tunisian hooks. We will be listing by size and type soon. Both bamboo and wood available.
Tunisian Crochet Hooks - variousAvailable in various lengths and sizes in bamboo - call for availability/price.
Coming soon - Boye metal afghan/tunisian hooks (use for weaving too!)
Scarf Fold-UpControl your growing scarf as you knit or crochet it. Keeps the finished portion tidy and folded as you continue working. Prevents tangles, pulls or other "injuries" occurring by tumbling in your workbag. ~ $12.00
Oxford Punch Needle Kit Oxford Punch Needle Kit I am excited to offer this lovely kit with keepsake box, punch needle, stitch gauge and instruction booklet. All are made in USA right in the state of Vermont. Box and book are made of recycled paper. Below are sample sizes of punch needles. There is a regular and fine width needle for each length available. Regular width works for bulkier yarns or strips of material or a combination of yarn/material. The Fine width works for finer yarns. The length of the needles determine height of the loops, or pile, you produce. Make rugs, bags, coasters, cushions and more!
Locker HooksPerfect tool for working with your frame loom project! These hooks are smooth, have handy weight to them and include an needle eye on one end, crochet style hook on the other. Used for anything from weaving, embellishing, decorative weave structures, to removing items from the loom and joining multiple pieces, as well as adding trim and embroidery. A must have for the continuous strand weaver!
Of course great for Locker Hooking Rug making as well!
Nickle Plated - $7.50 ea.
Traditional Rug Hooking KitCute starter kit, image of 3 sheep in a field.
Chiaogoo Needle Holder...This is an actual section of Moso bamboo (see Bamboo Facts, below) with a beautiful, laser engraved ChiaoGoo on it. They are approximately 4" in diameter and 6" tall and can easily hold up to 20 pairs of needles. Great in the kitchen or office too! $10.00 each Bamboo Facts
1. Bamboo is a grass! There are more than 1,000 different species of bamboo in the world. More than half of them grow in China.
2. Moso bamboo is the largest and strongest bamboo. It is mostly grown in China (6.7 million acres), but can also be found in Japan (1.2 million acres). ChiaoGoo needles and hooks are made from Chinese Moso bamboo.
3. Bamboo grows very fast! A new bamboo stem grows to a full length of about 75 feet in only a few months and matures to hardness in about 5 years. Believe it or not, in the spring you can actually hear the bamboo growing! It sounds like an army marching through the forest!
4. One mother bamboo plant can create several new stems each year. A single acre of bamboo forest can be harvested year after year not only for matuure bamboo, but also for new bamboo shoots which have a long history of use in the traditional Chinese kitchen. It is truly a fast, renewable resource!
5. By the way, Moso bamboo is much too big for pandas to eat. They prefer the much small bamboo species!
ChiaoGoo Needle Facts1. Using ChiaoGoo bamboo is environmentally friendly as bamboo is a quickly renewable resource.
2. Bamboo needles are approximately 60% lighter than aluminum needles of the same size, making it more comfortable for you, the knitter/crocheter.
3. Bamboo needles are very strong. Fibers under the bamboo's skin are extremely elastic and have tensile strength comparable to steel!
4. Knitters can benefit from the warmth and natural feel of the needles.
NEW!! Chiaogoo NostepinneStop using your thumb to wind that center-pull ball of yarn! Ball winder too clunky to carry along? Our Nostepinne (old Norwegian hand tool) can do the job. Approximately 11" (28 cm) long, this tool has a nice smooth finish but not too smooth. Long enough to wind a large ball of worsted or even chunky yarn.
$10.50 Each Tape Measures - Natural Colors - from Lantern MoonGet your flock today! These "ewe-nique" retractable fuzzy sheep faced tape measures are a must in your project bag! Now available in Black, Beige and Brown. $9.95 ea.
Shell Sheep ButtonsHand Made from lustrous shells, these ewe gotta have for your latest sweater project! $3.00 each
SOLD OUT Knit KardsSet, or singlesThis handy set of 14 informative cards all hook onto a key ring for safe-keeping and easily fit right in your project bag, providing at-a-glance info right at your finger tips. The needle and hook inventory kards are "write-on-able" with pencil. Don't ever buy any more extra needles or hooks! Set of 14 for $20.00, individual kards are $2.00 ea. (plus shipping)
Yarn Classification Chart
Yarn Yardage Estimator #
Yarn Label/Washing Guide
Kitchener Stitch made Easy!
Perfect One Row Buttonhole
Knitting Needle Inventory
Rate of Increase/Decrease*
Long Tail Cast-on
Make to Fit
Perfect Gauge Swatch
Yarn Yardage Table
Crochet Hook Inventory*
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The Knit KitEverything you need in a compact kit. Stitch counter, thread cutter, finishing crochet hook, tape measure, folding scissors, needle tips and stitch holders - all in one container. Blue - SALE! - was $19.95, now $15.00! Black - $15.00 -1 left
Other Weaving supplies and LoomsWe now carry your childhood favorite, the potholder loom, and cotton loopers ~ and "Weave-It" style looms ~ CLICK HERE. We will soon carry floor, table, tapestry and other looms. Keep watching! Wooden Tapestry NeedlesUse these to open the shed while weaving on our travel and mini size frame looms, or use traditionally in tapestry style weaving. Two Prong Fringe TwisterAlso available in 3 and 4 prong, these handy tools make finishing your piece a cinch with a multitude of fringe designs. (Four prong is recommended - twice the results with half the work). Clip your two pieces to be twisted in the prongs. Turn them in the plied direction until they appear fairly tight - count the turns. Then, remove one and combine it with the other in the same prong. Twist in the reverse direction 1/2 the number of times of the first twist. Knot the e
Books & Misc. Patterns... Updated 5/9/13 Punch Needle Rug Hooking Techniques and Designs By Amy Oxford with Photography by Cynthia McAdoo
Learn to make beautiful punch needle hooked rugs with veteran instructor Amy Oxford. A complete "how to" photo essay walks you through every stage of rug making. Never dry, Oxford entertains as she teaches. A question and answer section, fascinating interviews with professional punch needle rug hookers, a look into the origins of the punch needle technique, and exciting photographs of work from some of the field's most innovative and inspired craftspeople make this book a must for any textile lover. A gallery of more than 140 rugs, pillows, chair pads, and stair runners shown in full color will inspire your original designs. Size: 8 1/2" x 11" 424 color photos, 37 black and white illustrations 160 pages. Soft cover ISBN: 0764316893 Price: $25
ALL Hillcreek Patterns on SALE - take $1.00 off! Only while supplies last.BeckShelLaura-JacketThis Jacket is made from 3 squares from the HFS 18-in. Square Frame Loom, and 6 triangles from an HFS 2-ft Travel Triangle Frame Loom. Several variations are possible. $8.00
Twisti Cuff Jacket$8.00
Celtic Mist Hooded Jacket for Triloom weavingfor Ruana, Jacket, and Hooded Jacket Created on the Triangle Frame Loom
by Carol Leigh Brack-Kaiser
This 16-page pattern includes detailed instructions for creating ruanas, jackets, and hooded jackets, and contains many colored photos of the fashions, line drawings, color grids for blending colors, Celtic knot pattern templates for decoration, fulling techniques, and a suggested yarn chart. $10.95
By Bridget Designs Flowing Triangles Wrap$6.50
by Bridget Designs Quick Fold Hat$4.00
by Laura Gavett Ruana Mariposa$6.00
By Bridget Designs Ruana Mariposita$6.00
By Bridget Designs Folded Triangles Felted Purse$6.00
By Laura Gavett Zig Zag Throw$8.00
By Laura Gavett Easy Plarn Bag$6.00
By Laura Gavett
Recycle plastic shopping bags by weaving this bag! Pl-astic + Y-arn = "Plarn" Triangle Baby Snug$6.00
By Bridget Designs Twisted Rectangles Purse$6.00 Uses two twenty-inch rectangles, twisted to make a unique purse or pouch.
Designed by Laura Haines-Gavett.
DVD - "Triangle Frame Loom Weaving Magic for Shawls, Blankets, Jackets & More" with Carol LeighA wonderful workshop DVD covering beginning your weaving, planning your project, color design, embellishments, removing your piece from the loom, and a few advanced weaving techniques. (90 minutes) $34.95
Crochet Edgings and TrimsSOLD - on order.
Patterns only from The Wren's Nest Updated 2/26/12 NEW!! Super Simple Series Patterns - Only from The Wren's Nest!Fall of 2011 was the dawn of our very own patterns for using various shaped frame looms. We owe our daughter full credit for the inspiration! Playing quietly as we are so lucky she is so good at, I glanced over to find she had found my proto-type pocket purse and had happily opened it, stuffed it over her head and was skipping through the house pushing "Baby" in her dolly stroller. An "OMG" moment. I immediately created another two foot triangle and, adding to the idea, wove 2 additional 6" triangles for ear flaps. (photo below). Voila, "Rena's Flaps-Hat". This is our Pattern #1.
Next was an idea I downsized from adult level to accommodate the silly Easter Dress companies that annually insist on sending summer-sleeved gowns to us in the northeast, in which to celebrate snowy Easters. Two 20" rectangles are combined to create a scrumptious warm shrug to keep her shoulders warm. (Photo right.) This is "Rena's Super Soft Shrug", our Pattern #2.
Pattern #3, although Rena's unknown inspiration, is for our Two-Pocket Purse. Coming soon.
All patterns ONLY available from The Wren's Nest! All patterns are $8.00 unless otherwise indicated, and are printed with sturdy cover.
NOTE: Patterns are scheduled for home-printing by mid-March 2012. Pre-0rders will be accepted. Call now!
Farm Products - Seasonal Updated 8/1/2014 Our Farm Products are now located at our Farm Site!Fresh, free range Eggs ~ BE GREEN-BUY LOCAL!The girls are allowed to range around the farm for fresh nutritious natural foods. We winter feed and summer supplement with chemical-free grain. These girls lay browneggs which we sell for $3.75 a mixed dozen. If you are local, order yours now to be put on our egg customer list.
Exquisite Chocolate colored sheep hidesLarge hides ~ beautiful dark Moorit with a "milk chocolate" coating, snow white and a new, "Cappuccino" color. Each one is unique and one of a kind. Tanned WASHABLE! Come with washing instructions. Use for chair cushion, rug or bed robe. $150.00 plus shipping - SOLD OUT
But - GO TO our Farm site for our rare, Herdwick cross hides....
Birding at Helder~Herdwyck Farm ...... The peaceful Fox Creek, on our property, before Hurricane Irene... "The woods were made for the hunters of dreams, The brooks for the fisher of song. To the hunters who hunt for the gunless game, The streams and the woods belong. ~ Sam Walter Foss
Come bird with us on our 100 + acres of mixed habitat, by walk, hike, with or without llamas, or on your horse. Birding by appointment. We ask a donation of any amount for use of our property, but wesuggest for a full day of birding, which gives you the opportunity to picnic at your leisure in our meadows, woods or near our lovely bubbling brook, the Fox Creek,
$5.00/person self tour, $10.00 guided tour, or $25 horse-back per horse self tour, * $50 Llama Brunch & Birds includes meal $65 Guided horseback *
*Please see our boarding page for requirements with respect to horses entering the property.
The list below is of confirmed species to date on our property. I will keep a separate list of birds in the area but not necessarily on our property.
NO DOGS allowed on premises - this is a working farm with a dog and guard animal on duty. Special consideration for CERTIFIED service dogs will be considered on an individual basis.
Birds to mention to date from property purchase in Jan. of 2007 to last year spotted on the farm include, but are always increasing are:
Scarlet Tanager Black-capped Chickadee Red-Bellied Woodpecker Bluejay Great horned Owl American Goldfinch Tree Sparrow House Finch White Breasted Nuthatch Downy woodpecker Hairy Woodpecker Red-Bellied Woodpecker Pileated Woodpecker Slate Colored Junco Yellow Warbler Wood duck Canada Goose Turkey Turkey Buzzard - annual nest in our silo - 2 chicks, 5/28/11 Flicker Blue-winged Warbler White winged Crossbill Crow Raven Pheasant Ruffed Grouse - several 5/2012 Woodcock Brown Creeper Northern Cardinal - Pair American Redstart - nesting pair Killdeer Rock Dove Rose-Breasted Grosbeak - pair Kingfisher Great Blue Heron Green Heron House Wren
5/28/11 Green Heron Common Merganser Wood Duck Great Crested Flycatcher Song sparrow Veery Merganser
5/20/12 Screech Owl
I heard a type of rail the other day at the Beaver pond, but have yet to identify it.
In the area: Savannah Sparrow Bobolink Eastern Bluebird Indigo Bunting Screech Owl Snow Geese
Braided Roving Rugs... Updated 10/11/15
New this year, we have our own, American Herdwick bred fleece roving, for use in braiding roving rugs! Our sheeps' unique fleece make it an ideal wool for rug-making, among other projects calling for a durable fiber. In 3 natural shades, you can add pizazz by overdying our roving so there is no end to the variations of rugs you can make.
Roving - $ /oz or $ /lb
Book - $24.95
Waxed Linen Thread in slate grey- $15.95
Terms and Shipping....NOTE NEW PHONE - 518-505-9081 Updated 5/28/2012
Hours: by appointment or, when the shingle is out. Please call (518) 505-9081 between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm EDST, Weekends or Wednesday and Thursday. Please call to place your order. Thank you!
1) All prices, descriptions and availability are subject to change without notice.
2) Payment accepted by cash, check, Credit Card - Visa, MC or Discover. $15 fee for returned checks.
3) No discounts, except at the proprietor's discretion.
4) Refunds are available: ~ within 30 days from date of purchase ~ only for supplies or equipment in new, unused or unopened condition, as applicable to the item in question ~ at the proprietor's discretion ~ see "workshop terms" below are NOT available: ~ on items purchased as used, previously owned, or at a discount
5) Exchanges available within 7 days of purchase, for in kind items only for new unopened, unused items.
6) All sales final on clearance or sale items ~ no refunds or exchanges on such items.
7) Shop Credit given only at proprietors discretion.
8) NO DOGS allowed on premises - this is a working farm with a working dog and guard animals on duty. Special consideration for CERTIFIED service dogs will be considered on an individual basis.
1) 50% deposit is required to reserve your place in each class. Balance of fees is due at the workshop.
2) Custom classes not available ~ I currently offer beginning continuous strand weaving and beginning spinning. See the workshop page for what is covered in the classes.
3) Private classes available. Call for details and availability.
4) Pre-registration fees are refundable with at least seven (7) days notice of cancellation by student; or may be credited to another class, or merchandise purchase if the workshop is canceled
5) Workshops are designed to allow ample time for covering all information provided, and to allow completion of a beginner's project, including Q&A and are scheduled accordingly. 1 - day = 8 hours, 2-day = 16 hours, 3-day = 24 hours. However, if you should require additional time beyond the scheduled class time, an hourly rate may be charged and can be provided upon request.
Shipping and Handling:
1) Because of the great variety of sizes, weights & shipping requirements for the items we offer, unless specified, actual shipping and handling charges (and shipping method) for your order will be determined upon its receipt by The Wren's Nest, and appropriate charges will be added to your order. Please call for an estimate of such charges at (518) 505-9081.
2) Special Requests/Instructions may incur a handling fee of $5 minimum.
3) I offer the opportunity to save on shipping each year to those able to pick up their purchase at the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival, at the fairgrounds in Rhinebeck in October. This pertains mainly to purchases of the larger looms we sell.
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