Needle Felting Part II: Painting with Fibre!

In part I we covered the basics of needle felting and described the technique used to make a felted pin.    Painting with fibre is a lot like making a pin on a larger scale.       Selecting Your “Canvas”:   First, you will need a piece of fabric to perform the same function…

Isabelle’s Garden Notes

After the long winter, we are all excited to go out, to get our hands in the earth, to see our plants grow. So every month or so I’m going to share with our readers my family’s gardening activities ( nothing professional just a family garden). For several years, I have started plants from seed,…

Needle Felting Part I: Making Felted Pins!

Introduction To Needle Felting The term needle felting encompasses a variety of fibre art techniques. However, all forms of needle felting are made using a sharp tool that comes in several sizes and with different shaped barbs and blades called a felting needle. From one dimensional designs made by applying a thin layer of fibre…

Product Notes And Tips

Now that Les Belles Bouclettes has a blog we thought it would be a good idea to use a post to address some of the subjects and questions that our customers raise on a regular bases. Moisturizing Bath Products: To state the obvious, bath products like our Bath Candies that contain oil will make your…

Felting Soap Tutorial

How To Felt Soap! Since Isabelle and I began collaborating one of our most popular products has been the felted soap we make. (I make the goat’s milk soap, she uses her gorgeous mohair and/or alpaca rovings to turn the plain bar into a fabulous exfoliating felted bar that people Love!) The process that transforms…

The Perfect Baby Blanket!

What is the perfect baby blanket? My perfect baby blanket is a unique creation that was lovingly hand-painted, hand-pieced and hand-sewn by my maternal Grand-Mother. I was too young to remember when or how I was first introduced to this beloved blanket, but it is firmly woven into the fabric of many of my toddler…

Shearing time

We would like to share our angora goats shearing time with you. This is done twice a year ( in fall and spring ) because their fleeces grow really fast (about one inch per month). The day before the shearer comes they are all confined in the barn so they stay dry. Then we try our…

What makes Our Soap Gentle And Moisturizing!

In another post Why Use Goat’s Milk In Soap?,  we discussed the benefits of using goat’s milk and the properties it gives our soap.  However, making soap is a lot like baking a cake.  Every ingredient you choose ,  the amount of each ingredient, plus how all your chosen ingredients effect each other have an…

The Diamond Fibre! (Part II)

In part I we discussed mohair fleeces, and the characteristics of this extra insolating, light, lustrous, strong fibre. Now the fun part, … crafting with mohair! Mohair Yarn First the bad news, not all mohair yarn is created equal. For many reasons a yarn to be hand-knit, woven or crocheted is almost always a blend…