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#blackdogandgingercat - the #cat #needle #felt #kits have been very popular - and they are so, so simple. You get to make two cats in one kit - kit cat, cat kit xxx

Have had a go at needlefelting- meet Harry hare from a kit by #blackdogandgingercat and felt balls on an elephant decoration from a pattern by #solstitches

#feltbear #charity #childrenscancer #chateaulife #blackdogandgingercat bought this lovely kit from blackdogandgingercat and was so enjoyable to make.i fundraiser for children's cancer research so I'm auctioning him on Facebook chateau des granges page . Hope he sells well X

Grey Brigade at Blackdogandgingercat Stall G6 at Wonderwool in Builth Wells #blackdogandgingercat #Wonderwool #over50 #grey #felt #Fiftybees

Little brown bear. My first attempt at needle felt and I'm really pleased with him! Now for some finishing touches... #25thOctober #blackdogandgingercat #littlebrownbear #needlefelt #weddingprep #homemadewedding

Dog owners will have noticed that if you provide them with food, water, shelter and affection, they will think you are God.
Whereas cat owners are compelled to realize that if you provide them with food, water and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are God.
📸: @teamwork_media

| a7 | 28mm | ISO 4000| 1/50 sec | F 3.5 |
#gingercat #gingercats #gingercatsofinstagram #gingercatsrule #gingercatclub #gingercatsrock #gingercatlove #gingercatsarethebest #gingercatoftheday #blackdogandgingercat #femalegingercat #gingercatfriend #gingercatjaxart #gingercatofinstagram #gingercatsofig #thorthegingercat #gingercatlover #carlosthegingercat #ilovemygingercat #thegingercat #fatgingercat #tangothegingercat #gingercatappreciationday #harveygingercat #ilovegingercats

Finished brown hare needle felt kit. Something very satisfying about stabbing fleece with needles all evening! #wool #needlefelting #hare #woodland #wonderwoolwales @lydianeedle #blackdogandgingercat

MOST RECENT

I just reached my 150th sale on #etsy - how exciting is that?
Thank you everyone for you constant, amazing support - you made this small businesswoman very happy.
#handmade #vintage #blackdogandgingercat #etsyfinds #etsygifts http://etsy.me/2hT6cK3

I had a late afternoon run out to the post office to send off a few needlefelt kits; it gave me the perfect opportunity to take Charlie round the estate at Lytes Cary, one of his most favourite places. (Swipe left to see more pictures of him getting his treat.)
The clocks going back meant that the sun was very low, the light was beautiful and the smells were wonderful, greatly enhance by this morning’s frost.
Have you been out in the light at all today, it made me feel totally lifted?
Don’t forget, on just over 24 hours to make use of the 10% off discount on the kits website - click on the link on my main page.
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#collie #lytescary #somerset #blackdogandgingercat #needlefelt #kits #sprollie #choosewool #britishwool #themostethicalkitsintheworld #solopreneur #creativepreneur #womeninbusiness #etsysellersofinstagram #etsy #biodegradable #renewable #theinterconnectednessofallthings #dogwalking #dog #dogsofinstgram #theinterconnectednessofallthings #specialoffer #discount

In the Special Offer we have a HUGE variety of kits...
#cats #dogs #birds #reindeer #bunnies #chicks #squirrels....difficult to choose really.
But that’s 10% off everything on the blackdogandgingercat website NOW until midnight TOMORROW.
Just remember to use the promo code: BIRTHDAY TREAT when prompted.
So that’s 10% off everything - great wool, brilliant instructions and the most ethical kits you can get your paws onto.
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And hurrah once more for the interconnectedness of all things! .
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#smallbusiness #ethicalbusiness #somerset #blackdogandgingercat #needlefelt #kits #learning #choosewool #britishwool #themostethicalkitsintheworld #solopreneur #creativepreneur #womeninbusiness #etsysellersofinstagram #etsy #biodegradable #renewable #theinterconnectednessofallthings #recycled #reuse #refuse #theinterconnectednessofallthings #specialoffer #discount

Little brown bear. My first attempt at needle felt and I'm really pleased with him! Now for some finishing touches... #25thOctober #blackdogandgingercat #littlebrownbear #needlefelt #weddingprep #homemadewedding

Dog owners will have noticed that if you provide them with food, water, shelter and affection, they will think you are God.
Whereas cat owners are compelled to realize that if you provide them with food, water and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are God.
📸: @teamwork_media

| a7 | 28mm | ISO 4000| 1/50 sec | F 3.5 |
#gingercat #gingercats #gingercatsofinstagram #gingercatsrule #gingercatclub #gingercatsrock #gingercatlove #gingercatsarethebest #gingercatoftheday #blackdogandgingercat #femalegingercat #gingercatfriend #gingercatjaxart #gingercatofinstagram #gingercatsofig #thorthegingercat #gingercatlover #carlosthegingercat #ilovemygingercat #thegingercat #fatgingercat #tangothegingercat #gingercatappreciationday #harveygingercat #ilovegingercats

REASONS TO BUY blackdogandgingercat Kits countdown....NUMBER 6.
They are suitable for anyone, yes ANYONE like I said yesterday - including needlefelters who already have some felting experience. The four legged animals are at the top of the Ladder of Learning, in the ‘Oh So Very Challenging’ category.
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#birthday #smallbusiness #ethicalbusiness #somerset #supportsmallbusiness #blackdogandgingercat #needlefelt #kits #learning #choosewool #britishwool #themostethicalkitsintheworld #solopreneur #creativepreneur #womeninbusiness #etsysellersofinstagram #etsy #homebusiness #woolweek #biodegradable #renewable #theinterconnectednessofallthings #hare #recycled #reuse #refuse #dog #borderterrier #schnauzer #reindeer

REASONS TO BUY blackdogandgingercat Kits countdown....NUMBER 5.
They are suitable for anyone, yes ANYONE!
No matter what your skill levels are, whether you are a complete novice or whether you have been working in Wool for a while, there is a kit made for you.
We have super, super easy, beginners, challenging and, at the top of the Ladder of Learning, the ‘Oh So Very Challenging’. There is an ethical dimension to selling these kits, too, it’s got to right for you or I’m not doing my job! And if I don’t do my job, I create waste.
For example, my plan is that if you’re a beginner and you buy a bear kit, by the time you’ve created the bear, you ARE A NEEDLE FELTER - you need never buy another kit. (Obviously, I’d love it if you bought more but you shouldn’t have to!) .
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#birthday #smallbusiness #ethicalbusiness #somerset #supportsmallbusiness #blackdogandgingercat #needlefelt #kits #learning #choosewool #britishwool #themostethicalkitsintheworld #solopreneur #creativepreneur #womeninbusiness #etsysellersofinstagram #etsy #homebusiness #woolweek #biodegradable #renewable #theinterconnectednessofallthings #hare #recycled #reuse #refuse #bear

REASONS TO BUY blackdogandgingercat Kits countdown....NUMBER 4.
Every single element, ingredient or component in my kits are as environmentally responsible as possible.
It is either:
Reused,
Recycled,
Recyclable,
Repurposed,
And/or
British to save on transport and for animal welfare reasons.
Because we’ve got to give this beautiful world of ours a hand.
In the picture you’ll see Fern and friend next to a pile of worksheets - all of them printed onto recycled paper.
There’s one particular part of these kits which has troubled me since I began designing them. And that’s the sponges, nasty plastic things.
But good news on that front and I’ll tell you about that in a few days. .
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#birthday #smallbusiness #ethicalbusiness #somerset #supportsmallbusiness #blackdogandgingercat #needlefelt #kits #learning #choosewool #britishwool #themostethicalkitsintheworld #solopreneur #creativepreneur #womeninbusiness #etsysellersofinstagram #etsy #homebusiness #woolweek #biodegradable #renewable #theinterconnectednessofallthings #hare #recycled #reuse #refuse #

REASONS TO BUY blackdogandgingercat Kits countdown....NUMBER 3.
We love supporting artisan makers, small scale dyers, local suppliers and small businesses in our own area - we’re all linked, all interconnected so why not help each other out?
Here you see Fern floating on a sea of hand-dyed British Wool, dyed in Wales.
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#birthday #smallbusiness #ethicalbusiness #somerset #supportsmallbusiness #blackdogandgingercat #needlefelt #kits #learning #choosewool #britishwool #themostethicalkitsintheworld #borderterrier #solopreneur #creativepreneur #womeninbusiness #etsysellersofinstagram #etsy #homebusiness #woolweek #biodegradable #renewable #theinterconnectednessofallthings #hare #leveret

REASONS TO BUY blackdogandgingercat Kits countdown....NUMBER 2......
Our wool.
RENEWABLE
- it just grows and grows on the back of the sheep as long as there is grass to graze on and that makes wool totally renewable fibre source.
BIODEGRADABLE
- totally. It breaks down; it returns to the solid and it makes fabulous mulch. And as it breaks down it releases nutrients into the soil – how cool is that.
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#birthday #smallbusiness #ethicalbusiness #somerset #supportsmallbusiness #blackdogandgingercat #needlefelt #kits #learning #choosewool #britishwool #themostethicalkitsintheworld #borderterrier #solopreneur #creativepreneur #womeninbusiness #etsysellersofinstagram #etsy #homebusiness #woolweek #biodegradable #renewable #theinterconnectednessofallthings #hare #leveret

REASONS TO BUY blackdogandgingercat Kits countdown....NUMBER 2......
Our wool.
Now, I totally understand that we all have different opinions about what ‘ethical’ means.
But for me as an artist, maker, designer, small business owner and human being, I want my impact on the earth to be as small as possible.
This is why I use British Wool.
Contentious, I know.
Because Wool comes from sheep.
Sheep eat grass on land that could be used to grow more food for the world’s hungry >>>> I know all of the arguments and am always open to a good debate.
But I use Wool because it is NATURAL, one hundred percent natural and it’s been used since the Stone Age.
And I use British because I believe we have some of the best animal welfare in the world.
I would love to know your thoughts.
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#birthday #smallbusiness #ethicalbusiness #somerset #supportsmallbusiness #blackdogandgingercat #needlefelt #kits #learning #choosewool #britishwool #themostethicalkitsintheworld #borderterrier #solopreneur #creativepreneur #womeninbusiness #etsysellersofinstagram #etsy #homebusiness #woolweek

So, to celebrate the upcoming blackdogandgingercat birthday, here’s the REASON TO BUY blackdogandgingercat Kits countdown....NUMBER 1......
Our appreciation, love and support of important charities such as SANE, as seen here in our #blackdog kit.

And in turn, the sales of all of the other kits help to support my other work alongside charities such as ACEarts, MIND, and Somerset Wildlife Trust, as seen in the ongoing FIFTY BEES project.
So, thank you everyone who’s ever bought one of my kits - you are wonderful.
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#birthday #smallbusiness #ethicalbusiness #somerset #supportsmallbusiness #coffee #blackdogandgingercat #needlefelt #kits #learning #choosewool #britishwool #themostethicalkitsintheworld #worldmentalhealthday

Morning you lovely people.
On 20th October, blackdogandgingercat (my Little needlefelt business) celebrates its 4th birthday 🎉🎊 🎁. Hurrah!
To mark the occasion, I am going to be relaunching my kits and I am hoping they will be ‘THE MOST ETHICAL NEEDLEFELT KITS’ available to you.
So, today I will begin the TEN REASONS TO BUY blackdogandgingercat countdown.
Watch this space - but in the meantime, coffee????
(Listen to me advising Joy in the use of the splice app last year at @senseofplacebreandownfort 😂🤣🤣😂😂) .
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#birthday #smallbusiness #ethicalbusiness #somerset #supportsmallbusiness #coffee #blackdogandgingercat #needlefelt #kits #learning #choosewool #britishwool #themostethicalkitsintheworld
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Morning.
If you've been following my work for a while will probably know the origin of my business’ name, ‘blackdogandgingercat’. For those of you that don’t, I’ll explain.
Back at the end of 2012, I went to a needle felt class taught by the very talented Jennifer Barnett – I was in heaven and immediately hooked.
This class took place just weeks before I left my beloved teaching job due to on-going, repetitive, very boring & exasperating clinical depression.
I was devastated – I had been convinced that I’d be teaching until retirement so having to leave was a major blow and certainly didn’t help me, at the beginning.
And this is where the ‘black dog’ of the title came from.
As for the ginger cat, well that’s my beloved Jack – it’s well know that just by stroking, sitting next to or playing with a pet can help one relax and calm and that was Jack’s role in my improving mental health.
After I left teaching, I continued to needle felt because I found it to be so calming on my brain, but also, I’d really found ‘my thing’.
Eventually, as I did more and more, family, friends and then even strangers became interested in my work and wanted to learn to needle felt too.
And so began the business, with classes and kits.
One of the kits I make now is the black dog, seen here in the first picture, with 10% of profits going to the charity SANE.
Today, things are still changing. I still use needle felt, it’s still my main thing and I am so grateful that I found it because it’s taken me to places I could never have imagined.
Just lately, though I’ve felt tiny stirrings of the black dog’s attempted return, he’s nipping at my heels.
Because I know the naughty little pup quite well, I can recognise when he’s trying to creep back and why. Anyone else?
My mum, a very wise woman, says I probably need a little ‘fallow time’, to rest my brain after the adrenaline and creative rush of the last few months. And I think she's right. This is the card I sent her this week cause I thought it was perfect (this black dog seems quite lovely).
So, I’m practicing a little bit of self-care: resting, walking, reading and not much else. What about the rest of you - what do you do for self-care?

Thank you everyone for your lovely responses yesterday to my post about change and 'giving up the day job' - they were very moving and uplifting, so many of us appear to be at a crossroads in our lives.

One of the other reasons I had to go back to full time self employment is that I also run a small business selling needle felt kits which, in theory, supports my art making adventures. But it hasn't of late. There's been too much plate spinning going on for me to put any time and energy into #blackdogandgingercat. So, in another bid to bring about change for the good, I'm refocusing on the business today with a @somersetetsyteam photo walk round Wells.
But the first thing I have to focus on this morning is which one of my Etsy products to take with me.

Should it be the Border Terrier Kit with a sample?

Or the Reindeer Kit with a sample?

So, what do you think? .
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#needlefelt #kits #somerset #etsy #somersetetsyteam #needlefelting #borderterrier #reindeer #creativephotowalk

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