needle felt fever

When I first heard of needle felting I thought that it was okay and that I would try it at some point.  I was looking for something else when I came across a set that was on sale so I bought it.  The rest as they say is history.

I stated trawling the sites to learn how to do it and came across some beautiful realistic needle felting.  Yup, I thought, not going to be doing that for a while.

I started just trying to get the basics and the first thing I made was supposed to look like a rabbit. No, picture not going up.  It was bad. It looked like a long thin hare (at a push).  So I practised and think I’m doing pretty well.

IMG_20160408_104337 My little teddy.  One of the first things I managed to get right.  Then I realised I wanted to do more and realised  that this was another craft that I am now addicted to.





When I first started at our little shop spinning and weaving were the furthest thing from my mind.  When asked if we wanted a weaving loom that had been found at Dunaskin Railway I jumped at the offer.  Not realising what I was about to put myself through.

The weaving loom was OLD and in pieces and NO instructions how to put it together.

Eventually  worked that out and then realised, I didn’t have a clue what to do next. So bought books, googled, you tubed until my eyes started to bleed and finally got my first piece of warp on the loom.

Since then I have not looked back and have found myself hooked on this amazing craft.


Needle felt

Well so far I have managed to get 10 of my birthday baby dragons done. just 2 to go.

Have also done a little teddy bear.  I plan on doing a big one soon.


This is Amethyst

getting started

Coffee, the perfect way to start the day.  In my life the best way.  I found that my new website had gone live and I was really excited.

Then I thought Yeah start my blog.

Then I sat in front of the computer and my mind went blank.

So I finally came up with the idea of how this whole thing got started.

I will give the story in instalments and hope you enjoy how we got started.

It started through a conversation about how it would be a great idea to have a place where people could sell their handmade arts and crafts.  A few months later that conversation became reality.

Doon Valley Crafters was born and the hard work was just about to begin.



Crafty Community

Welcome to the start of our Crafty Community where I will let you know what is happening here in our little shop.

Please feel free to comment and ask questions.  I will answer as soon as I can.

My name is Dale and although I am not new to crafting I am relatively new to weaving, spinning and needle felting.

I enjoy trying new and unusual types of crafting.

I have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember and my Gran introduced me to the wonders of knitting, crocheting, embroidery and baking.  I have tried to pass on what I learned to my children and grandchildren and now to all of you.

So here’s to an enjoyable time learning old and new crafts and ideas