Welcome to From Goats To Soaps

Welcome to From Goats To Soaps, Crafting Creations On The Farm,
the official blog for Les Belles Bouclettes!
We’d like to take this our first post, as an opportunity to introduce our blog and tell you a little about Les Belles Bouclettes, because it is the beginning of the story.
farmFerme Bonne Mine is the farm on which many of our creations are crafted , and it is located in beautiful eastern Ontario Canada.  In addition to Isabelle and her family, a happy herd of angora goats and their llama guardians live on it, and they are the foundations of Les Belles Bouclettes, where this blog was first conceived. But then everything about Les Belles Bouclettes begins with these fun loving, happy angora goats and their gorgeous mohair fleeces.  From their fleeces come the locks (from which Les yarnsBelles Bouclettes got its name, beautiful locks), rovings and  yarn. While selling the fibre was the original plan it quickly began to expand. First the idea of doing something extra, a way in which to use our fabulous goat’s milk was discussed, and soon there was a line of goat’s milk soap made especially for Les Belles Bouclettes.  (And when the soap became part of Les Belles Bouclettes’ story so did I, Grey Dove.)  And then, there were all these fabulous fibres, just sitting there while they waited for their new homes, and we couldn’t resist playing with them.  (Beg pardon, that is of course crafting and creating with them!)  From felting our goat’s milk soap, to “painting” with floral ovals goat's milk soapsrovings, and knitting the yarn into soap sacks and baby garments the mohair is a constant source of pleasure and creative inspiration.  Many of our other product lines are spin-offs from the mohair based products, or compliment existing product lines. 
We enjoy the processes involved in all aspects of our creations, from shearing the goats and sorting the fleeces, to wrapping the soap made with their milk and felting it in their mohair rovings; and we want to share all of it, with you!  From the rhythms and seasonal aspects of farm life and the way they impact our products, to  daily life working with the animals and the fibre.  From our goats latest adventures, to the newest creation we are trying our hand at, and all the topics in between.  Most of all we look forward to having this time and space to interact with you, the people who share our love for and interest in these natural materials and the variety of wonderful things we can craft using them. 
So Welcome to the farm, we are glad you stopped in!  Traditionally crafting was done in groups and had social aspects as well as practical and creative ones.  So please join us whenever you can in our cyber farm kitchen, and feel free to comment, share your thoughts and ask us questions.  We want this to be a conversation and we will be happy to discuss topics via the comments sections or even plan posts around topics that you raise or ask about.
To get things started our first few posts will be in-depths discussions of some of the ingredients we use in our bath and body care products, and some of the products we have made using our fibre.  We have video clips of the spring shearing to share with you, and wanted to post photos and tell you more about the sorting involved in choosing and preparing (skirting) the best fleeces for carding and spinning. 
Thanks for stopping by, we look forward to seeing you again soon, and often!

Our recent posts

This Friday and Saturday will be In:… Quebec City - We’ll be at the Annual Convention of the Association of Quebec Weavers, in the beautiful city of Quebec, on Friday and Saturday (June 8-9). The show is open to the public Saturday, June 9th from 10am to 4pm. General admission is $2 per person, and free parking is available. The event is taking place at…
Pattern news! Releasing “Embracing Angel Wrap” Crochet Pattern! - We are delighted to present the latest addition to our pattern collection! In this pattern’s pages, you will discover 2 versions of the classic crescent shawl! Roxann of Beadaddict has created these gorgeous wraps. ““Embracing Angel Wrap” is a crescent shawl design that can hug the neck or rest lightly on the shoulders. With this…
Introducing:… Roxann Blazetich-Ozols! Crochet Designer! - At Almonte Fibrefest this past fall I had the pleasure of meeting fellow Ontario resident, Roxann Blazetich-Ozols of BEADADDICT. To our delight when she was asked she agreed to be part of our team of designers! We were and are really happy to have her join us. As you will see in her interview, she…
May,…What’s new on the farm!! - Finally!! The trees have their leaves, the grass is growing (we’ve had to mow it, twice!), birds are making their nests, flowers are out! Spring is Here!! All of our pregnant does have given birth. In total, there are 20 babies, 3 of whom need to be bottle-fed. You met Laurel and Hardi last month,…
Pattern News! Releasing Ballet Top!! - Wrap yourself in this warm top with beautiful lace details on center back and front trim. The lacy ties will hold the overlapped fronts for fitted or loose fit. A classy top that you will enjoy wearing for any occasion whether it’s ballet related or not. A cloud of softness around you!! This ballet top…
Pattern News! Releasing, Winter Plumage in Fingering Weight Yarn! - Remember our very first pattern, Winter Plumage Scarf? A richly textured extra-long cozy scarf knitted in our super brushed, lusciously soft Swan’s Down yarn. One day, our designer Nataliya and my friend Grey Dove were discussing Winter Plumage, and the possibility of designing a lighter lacy scarf (suitable for bridal wear), and the idea of…
April,…What’s New On The Farm! - This is it! Spring is finally here! At the beginning of the month, we could see snow was starting to melt; the buds were starting to come out too. But Winter came back for a last (hopefully) storm with freezing rain and really impressive winds. We were without power for more than 24 hours! (At…
New at Les Belles Bouclettes - Throughout the winter months, we have been working hard dyeing more yarn, and preparing new products. We are excited to finally be sharing the results of our hard work! All these new items are now available on our website, ready for you to checkout and buy! First, we are now offering larger cakes of yarn…
March,…What’s New On The Farm! - Spring is quite shy this year, we had another snowstorm around mid-March !! But the good news is that the snow is starting to melt even if there is still a lot in some places. Some daffodils are starting to grow but unfortunately my crocuses suffered from the cold temperatures that we still had this…
This Saturday We’ll Be At: …Peterborough!! - This Saturday, March 17, we’ll be at Peterborough at their 8th Fibre Arts Festival & Sale, organized by Peterborough Weavers and Spinners Guild. An event where spinners, weavers, rug hookers, knitters and crafters get together to share their love of fibres. It is open to the public (general admission is $5 per person – free…

6 thoughts on “Welcome to From Goats To Soaps

  1. What a wonderful blog! I enjoyed reading all about your wonderful farm. And may I say that your products are absolutely fabulous. My skin has improved since I started using your goat’s milk soap. My friends say that I’m “glowing”. I’m so delighted with this product!

    We are planning projects for the autumn and of course we will be buying our wool from Les Belles Bouclettes.

    I’m going to share your site with all my friends.

    Thanks again!

    Gibbi

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    • Thank you for dropping in Gibbi!,
      And thank you for the compliments and positive reviews! We love to hear that our customers are enjoying our products. Please let us know if you have any questions or need any suggestions.

      We look forward to you visiting on FromGoats To Soaps again and hope you’ll stop in and chat often.

      Grey Dove!

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    • Dear Jude,
      Delighted you enjoyed visiting our blog! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by. We hope you will be a frequent visitor. We look forward to chatting with you and sharing the interesting posts we have planned!

      Yours sincerely,
      Grey Dove

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  2. Congratulations on your beautiful site! I’m so happy to see that you now have an online store. I saw the farm when it was featured on Regional Contact and I had the pleasure to purchase many of your products. You have a reputation for excellence and it is well deserved

    I always look forward to your news letter and I’m absolutely delighted with the gift ideas and projects I find on your site.

    Rest assured that I will be a frequent visitor.

    Many thanks,

    Helen Marie

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    • Dear Helen Marie,
      So pleased to hear you are enjoying our online boutique and our blog. Hearing from long time customers is always a special treat!

      Also, thank you for the compliments on the television segment. It was filmed many years ago before Les Belles Bouclettes came to be (that is there weren’t any angora goats here at the time), but that was definitely Isabelle’s farm featured on the programme. We’ve expanded and changed so much since then!

      We’re delighted you like our products and hope you will keep visiting all our sites. And our comments sections, your thoughts and suggestions are Always welcome.

      Yours sincerely,
      Grey Dove

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