Saturday, November 30, 2013

New Arrivals

We finally received our shipment of spices.
We will be continuing to add in stock spices to our website.
If you need something that is not listed contact us for availability and prices.
Here are a few we have added and in stock :

True Cinnamon, Saigon Cinnamon, Vietnamese Cinnamon, Cinnamomum loureirii, Ground or Sticks

Nutmeg Whole or Ground

 A New Addition to our Gourmet Salts:

 Kala Namak Salt, Indian Black Salt

                                              © 2013 Brush Creek Wool Works

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Winter Time Delights

We have added a few teas to our line of teas, here in time to warm you for winter.

Also, a shipment  has arrived that includes Vietnamese Cinnamon, also known as Saigon Cinnamon or True Cinnamon- both ground and sticks-, Cardamom -  pods, seeds, or ground, and Kala Namak Salt.
 These are here just in time for holiday baking.
We hope too have those listings updated within a day or two.

Please check our website from time to time, as we also have many more herbs and spices plus teas to list.

All of our in stock sheepskin slippers, mittens, gloves, and hats have been photographed and listed listed on our website.

 Below are the new teas:

                              Candy Apple Flavored Black Tea 

                             Summer Rose Flavored Black Tea

                                    Bonfire Flavored Black Tea

                                           New Sheepskin Slippers
                          Ladies Small , Shoe Size 5-6 $ 29.95

                         Ladies Medium, Shoe Size 7-8  $ 29.75

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Natural Dye Series

Starting this week, we will be posting short, but hopefully informative, articles on natural dyes .
Each post will cover a traditional natural dye, presented in order in which the colors appear in the rainbow.

     Below are some examples of wool yarn dyed with natural dyes.

 Natural Dyes and Mordants are available on our website.

© 2013 Brush Creek Wool Works

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Chasing Red, Madder Root Natural Dye

Madder Root has been used for centuries to produce red, orange, and orange brown natural colors of fibers and fabric. The color chemical is called alizarin.

The most common species known is Rubia tinctorium. It  is a perennial that can be grown in colder  climates. Normally the plants are planted in a deeply tilled bed of soil., The bed is tended for 2 years allowing the roots to spread and mature. At the end of the two years, half of the bed is dug up to harvest the roots, which are then dried. The other half of the bed is left to grow more roots for future harvests.The roots resemble bright reddish orange worms when dug.

 Ground Madder Root with wool yarn samples and fabric woven from different mordanted yarns.

Our Madder Plants

Freshly Dug madder Root

There is a North American wild native plant , Lady's Bedstraw, Galium verum, that supposedly also has the dye chemical in it's roots. It's physical appearance resembles Madder. The amount of the dye found in the roots is supposedly less than in Rubia tinctorium. However we yet to test the plant roots as a dye to verify these claims.

Another species of madder is Indian Madder , Rubia cordifolia. also know as Munjeet.
As with Rubia tinctorium, the colors that it yields vary from red, through orange, and orange brown.

 Ground Indian Madder Root with dyed wool yarn using different mordants

All colors produced by Madder Root, depends on the place where the plant was grown, species, temperature of the dye bath, ph of the dye bath water, and the mordant used to make the dye colors fast.

Both Madder Root and Indian Madder Root, plus Natural Dye Mordants, are available on our web site

                                             © 2013 Brush Creek Wool Works

Friday, October 18, 2013

" When the Frost is on the Pumpkin ...."

" When the frost is on the pumpkin ......."

The above quote from the poem by James Whitcomb Riley was one of my father's favorite sayings for fall.
So many delightful sights, smells , foods, and holiday icons are associated with this season of year.
Below are some pictures of those items, some of which can be found on our web store.

Fall Leaves in Pennsylvania

A Dyer's Garden by Rita Buchanan

Hand Spun Hand Dyed Wool Yarn 

                                             © 2013 Brush Creek Wool Works

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Featured Zibbeter

Our thanks goes out to the on line selling site Zibbet, who surprised us this week by making our shop the Featured Zibbeter.
Originally, when we were contact by Zibbet about the interview for this article, it was to post on September 30, 2013.
We do have a shop on Zibbet, in addition to our stand alone site.

The site links are :  - or click on the link at the top, under our banner.

 If you wish to read the article , you can follow this link to Zibbet's Blog:

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Monday, September 9, 2013


We recently added some items to our web store, which we have not had for some time.

Nostepindes, also known as a nostepinne, are now back in stock, made in our wood shop.

Each nostepinde  has a different pattern, are made of various woods, has a wax finish, and comes with instructions.

A nostepinde is a hand held ball winder, on which you wind yarn.
If the yarn is wound on properly, you will end up with a ball of yarn, which will set flat, and  you will be able to pull the end of the yarn from the center of the ball.

    Nostepindes  left to right:
 African Mahogany, Oak, Spanish Cedar, 
Black Walnut, Butternut,  Cherry

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Keeping You Updated

It's been a busy spring and summer with attending the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, the beginning of May, and then Pennsic War for two weeks in July.
We are now back home, unpacked and have many of our items listings back up on our website.
Many of you may know that we also have a shop on Etsy.
After much contemplation, at this time, we have decided to move all of our regular in stock items from Etsy to our web store.
This allows us to have all of our regular items under on roof, some of which we could not list on Etsy.

                         New and Exciting News

Our Wooden Knitting Yarn Bobbins have been spot lighted in Interweave Knits Magazine, Fall  2013 Issue , under New and Notable, News and Reviews, Ranch Style Rustic Yarn and Tools Inspire Colorwork with a Touch of the Old West

 Available in left to right: Spanish Cedar, Oak, 
Mahogany, and Maple


We also have a shop on Zibbet and will be the featured Zibbeter shop on September 30, 2013.
You can visit their web site blog to read the article on that date.
We will provide a link when the article is out.

© 2013 Brush Creek Wool Works

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Getting Ready for Spring

 We finally got our Blog up and running.

Inventory for taxes is done and we are in the process of getting the dye pots going to have dyed wool rovings for our show season.
These last few days were nice, so we decided to do some of the dyeing outside.
 Below is work from yesterday, as it is drying,  for you to enjoy.

Merino Hand Dyed Rovings:
Left to right :
Blue Vineyards, Rocky Coasts, Ashes of Roses, New England Autumn, Colored Wines, and Hawaiian Flowers.

                                                                                                       © 2013 Brush Creek Wool Works