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Wonderful new outlet for Letterbox products

eightysevenshopfrontOur scarves and bed socks and alpaca hair
pompoms are eightysevenshopnow available at a new store in picturesque Melbourne, Derbyshire. The store is called Eighty Seven and is an independent womens fashion selling unique clothing and accessories from around the world.  Take a look at the other wonderful items available at the store by visiting their website www.eightysevenstyle.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blended Fibre Marque awarded

Alpaca Yarn

The Letterbox Herd have applied for and been granted the new British Alpaca Society PURE Fibre Marque and the Blended Fibre Marque.

The marques are a new initiative by the BAS and apply to products that have been produced by BAS members from registered alpacas grown and shorn in the UK and whose fibre has been processed and finished in the UK also. Most of our produce meets the criteria for 100% Pure British Alpaca but where we have used small amounts of other material we can use the Blended logo. 

The Fibre marques are shown on our home page.

New Stock for National Trust

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Our new stock is now on sale at the National Trust shop at Stourhead near Mere, off the A303.  A new range of hats, scarves and booties are available just in time for Easter.

A Load of Balls

Yarn-conesWe are so pleased with our newest batch of yarn. It was expertly processed by 2 Rivers Mill in Wimborne; we collected it a couple of weeks ago. The yarn is double knit, fully worsted and comes mostly from the 2014 clip. It is a soft mushroom colour comprised of five white 22 micron fleeces and blended with the last of the lovely soft fleece from brown Archie who moved to France in 2013.

 

Winding-YarnThe yarn is on cones and below is a photo of the Heath Robinson arrangement we constructed to wind it into balls. Each cone is the equivalent of five 100g balls; that means 70 balls altogether from the 14 cones, a lot of winding. There must be a better way!

 

 

 

National Trust at Stourhead

Bootees-OrangeWe are so pleased to learn that after a successful trial at Stourhead the Manager of the National Trust shop has offered to buy more of our knitted and felted produce and would like to continue to sell it in 2015. The range of products on sale in the shop include mens’ and ladies beanie hats, scarves and booties. This means that we are going to be very busy in the next couple of months making up more items ready for display from March onwards.  We are delighted at how well received the alpaca fibre has been.

The Letterbox Herd and the National Trust at Stourhead

NT-Stourhead-ShopAfter almost a year of planning and knitting The Letterbox Herd are very proud to be suppliers of alpaca yarn products to the shop at The National Trust’s Stourhead property. Stourhead is one of the most prestigious and successful properties the Trust owns with 400,000 visitors each year.

The manager of the shop is keen to support local suppliers and Letterbox produce is on sale alongside pottery, sweets, and cards where distinctive labelling sets it aside from more commercial products. The range includes bootees, hats, scarves and will soon be joined by some felted items. The yarn is mainly left in natural state but some has been acid dyed to produce vibrant jewel like colours and everything is hand knitted at home in Dorset. Each item is sold with a leaflet telling something of the story of The Letterbox Herd.

2014 Hay for Sale

Small bale, no ragwort or thistles, made in dry weather. May be able to deliver locally around Shaftesbury depending on quantity.

£2.75 a bale plus small delivery charge.

Please phone 07850 875429.

 

Stable Farm Home Trust Summer Fayre

Sinbad and Patrick went on their first outing to the annual Summer Fayre at Stable Farm Home Trust which is located at Bisterne near Ringwood Hampshire.  The event was held on 26th July and raises money for the upkeep and running costs of the centre.

Sinbad and Patrick are male crias born in 2013 and are available for sale.

Sinbad and Patrick

Please see our animals for sale.

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New Website

Welcome to The Letterbox Herd new website!