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

June,… What’s New On The Farm? - Well, we can’t say we had a beautiful Spring this year: All seasonning planting and harvest were delayed by about 3 weeks due to the rain and cold days! We finally managed to make our hay (almost at the end of June!). Our son came to help us to put all the hay bales (44)…
This Saturday We’ll Be in: …Lansdowne (ON)!! - This Saturday, June 22nd, we’ll be in Lansdowne at their 4th Annual Textiles Festival, a place where spinners, weavers, knitters, rug makers, quilters and crafters get together to showcase their skills. It is open to the public (general admission is $1 per person) from 10am to 4pm. It is being held at the Lansdowne Community…
This Saturday we’ll be at… Glengarry Pioneer Museum (ON) - This Saturday, June 15th, we’ll be at the Glengarry Pioneer Museum for their 4th Smith-In event. You will have the opportunity to see demonstrations of more than 20 blacksmiths at work. There will be fun and interesting activities for the whole family. It’s open to the public (general admission is $10 per person, $25 for…
This Friday and Saturday we’ll be In:… St Georges de Beauce (QC) - We’ll be at the Annual Convention of the Association of Quebec Weavers, on Friday and Saturday (May 31, June 1). The show is open to the public Saturday, June 1st from 9am to 5.30pm. General admission is $2 per person, and free parking is available. You will also have the opportunity to visit the exhibition…
May,… What’s New On The Farm? - This year, Spring is really long to arrive. We are at the end of the month and we still have not planted our vegetables in the garden! And our neighbours are very anxious about their sowing as a lot of fields are still really soaked (tractors can’t come in) . As our growing season is…
April, … What’s New On The Farm? - That’s it, we can finally see the grass. The snow has melted. at last! At the beginning of the month, we had another snowstorm and freezing rain. Then the weather warmed up. Our daffodils bloomed. Now there is lots of rain and since we had lots of snow this year, the rivers and lakes are…
Love-Ly Little Things, our new Collection pattern - Les Belles Bouclettes is proud to present Nataliya‘s latest Creations! Introducing, Love-ly Little Things Collection! All three of the delightful knitting patterns in this collection can be worked using one skein of our Amelia,  sport weight yarn. (In fact, you’ll probably have enough to make more than one once you’ve chosen your favourite of the…
March,…What’s New On The Farm? - We had more snow this month. But you can see that winter is finally coming to an end. I had a nice walk with the dogs it was still cold enough that I could walk easily on the snow. But now temperatures are rising and the snow has started to melt. Our crocuses along the…
Help Grow Our Forests! Plant A Tree! - Since November 2017, Les Belles Bouclettes has partnered with Forests Ontario, an organization devoted to helping plant trees and preserve Ontario’s forests.It is our contribution to continue to grow forest cover across Ontario. We know how important forests are in our lives: remove carbon from the atmosphere trough photosynthesis, help water to penetrate easily in…
This week-end March 16-17, we’ll be attending two events. - Saturday March 16, we’ll be in Peterborough at their 9th 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 for…

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!



    • 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!


    • 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


  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


    • 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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