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Monday, February 13, 2012

Barn Cat Buddies...Princess Nikki


I was looking for a dog to adopt on Angels of Assisi website, and I stumbled upon the MasCat program. I decided to email Dianne from Barn Cat Buddies and asked if we'd be able to do it. She responded quickly and we talked about putting a cat in the store.  Yesterday, she brought the cat to stay for a few hours with us.  We fell in love with Princess Nikki!  So we're getting a store MasCat. Princess Nikki, will be coming to join the store as part of our staff!! She'll be the official greeter. Ms. Nikki, will be with us until she's adopted. I'm really excited that we're able to help a cat be saved. Nikki was in the pound ready to be euthanized when Barn Cat Buddies saved her and now she's coming to stay with us for a while! Ms. Nikki, is the sweetest a...nd most loving cat I've ever seen. Nikki will be here this afternoon, ready for her close-ups and ready to show what she's got! If you ever get the chance to meet her, I'm sure you'll love her as much as we do. If so and you are interested in adopting Nikki, please visit: www.barncatbuddies.org and fill out the Pet Cat Application. :-)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Wooly Belle Book Club

Welcome to the Wooly Belle Book Club! Our first meeting will be on Monday, February 27 at 6 pm at Wooly Belle. We are located at 128 N Pollard Street in Vinton.

Book clubs are about more than just reading. They provide a great break from everyday life, both in the escape you get from reading something new and the time you spend with your new book club friends. New books, new people, new viewpoints - these can all have a great and enriching impact on your life. Even if you don't finish reading the book, or don't like it, come to the meeting anyway for the community and the friendship.

The first book we're going to read/discuss is The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs. The book should be available at the local library or bookstore, and is also available at half.com if you don't mind having a used copy. There is an audio book available, since I know some people do their "reading" by listening to audio books on their commutes or during their workdays.

If you have suggestions for the next book, or if there is a book you've been wanting to read and discuss but keep putting it off, let me know. I hope to see you there!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Club Memberships...

Ok, If you've kept up with this, you read I was trying to set up a Roving and Sock Club 3 month membership program.  I'm happy to announce that it has happened.

Wooly Belle has teamed up with 2 of the best Indie Dyers we know and made magic!!

We are starting these two new clubs starting March.  I, personally can't wait until we get this rolling!!!  These two ladies chose the themes and they did a fantastic job!!  Read more to see what we have planned!!


Roving 3 Month Club Membership(March, April, May)
We will begin pre-order starting February 1st online and pre-order in store starting today!! 

What does a 3 month club membership mean?
It means that for the 3 months you're enrolled you will receive a different fiber each month with a different colorway.  The 1st of each month, depending on how you choose, you will come by the store or have it shipped to you!  You will get to experience new things each month!! You never know what you'll get or what color it will be!!

What is the theme for the first 3 months?
Well, the two ladies have chosen Birthstones for March, April, and May.  This means they're inspiration will come from Aquamarie, Diamond, and Emerald.  I'm sure these ladies will have amazing colorways inspired from these amazing stones!!

How does the payment work?
You have the option of paying 3 months in advance, which is $54.00.  If not, you may pay on a monthly reoccuring payment plan which requires a credit card/debit card, and the monthly fee is $18 a month. If you would like a different payment arrangement, please email wooly.belle@aol.com.

How does the next 3 months work?
You will have the option to cancel or continue the membership.  You will receive an email or letter asking yo if you would like to continue for the next 3 months during the 2nd month of your membership. You must notify us within 30 days of the membership ending that you would like to cancel, if you are on a reoccuring payment plan.  This will allow us to stop the payment. 

What if I missed the first month, Can I still join in April?
Yes, You will be able to join in April.  You'll need to make two payments at that time to catch up payments and set up reoccurring for May.  If you decide you would like to join in May, all payments will be due on the day you decide you would like to join. After May 31st, this group of rovings will no longer be available.

If I want it shipped, what do I need to do?
You will need to let us know and order the item online or in store. If you need the items shipped each month, you will need to add $15.00 to your total price. 

How many ounces and what type of fiber can I expect?
These ladies will be doing a variety of fibers.  From Specialty Batts, to Superwash Merino, to BFL.  The roving each month will range from 2 oz-4oz, depending on the fiber.

What if I need more roving?
You will need to order what you think you will need.  You will not be able to get these items on an individual basis.

Is there a limited number of club memberships available?
Yes.  Due to making this a variety of exclusive items, there is a limited number of people that will be able to join this 3 month membership.

Any additional questions, please e-mail wooly.belle@aol.com



Sock Yarn 3 Month Club Membership(March, April, May)
We will begin pre-order starting February 1st online and pre-order in store starting today!! 

What does a 3 month club membership mean?
It means that for the 3 months you're enrolled you will receive a different sock yarn each month with a different colorway.  The 1st of each month, depending on how you choose, you will come by the store or have it shipped to you!  You will get to experience new things each month!! You never know what you'll get or what color it will be!!

What is the theme for the first 3 months?
Well, the two ladies have chosen Flowers of the Month for March, April, and May.  This means they're inspiration will come from Daffodil, Daisy, and Lily of the Valley.  I'm sure these ladies will have amazing colorways inspired from these amazing flowers!!!


How does the payment work?
You have the option of paying 3 months in advance, which is $69.00.  If not, you may pay on a monthly reoccuring payment plan which requires a credit card/debit card, and the monthly fee is $23 a month. If you would like a different payment arrangement, please email wooly.belle@aol.com.

How does the next 3 months work?
You will have the option to cancel or continue the membership.  You will receive an email or letter asking yo if you would like to continue for the next 3 months during the 2nd month of your membership. You must notify us within 30 days of the membership ending that you would like to cancel, if you are on a reoccuring payment plan.  This will allow us to stop the payment. 

What if I missed the first month, Can I still join in April?
Yes, You will be able to join in April.  You'll need to make two payments at that time to catch up payments and set up reoccurring for May.  If you decide you would like to join in May, all payments will be due on the day you decide you would like to join. After May 31st, this group of sock yarn will no longer be available.

If I want it shipped, what do I need to do?
You will need to let us know and order the item online or in store. If you need the items shipped each month, you will need to add $15.00 to your total price. 

How many ounces and what type of fiber can I expect?
These ladies will be doing a variety of sock yarns.  Between 440-460 yards each skein.

What if I need more than one skein?
You will need to order two club memberships since these are not available on an individual basis.

Is there a limited number of club memberships available?
Yes.  Due to making this a variety of exclusive items, there is a limited number of people that will be able to join this 3 month membership.

Any additional questions, please e-mail wooly.belle@aol.com


We are so excited about this and we hope you are!!  Please let us know if you need any help!


Can't wait to see you!


-Amanda

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Roving/Sock Yarn Clubs

If you know me at all, you know I sit around all day in the shop and focus on ways to get more customers involved in the store or how to get more people involved in activities of the store. 

So I thought I'd get two of our superb indie dyers and see if they'd be interested in doing a roving and sock yarn club. 

Luckily, I have some awesome vendors.  

We are still working out the details!!

It will start March 1st!!! It will go through May for the first set!!!

You will not be able to get the fibers/sock yarn in these clubs outside of the club!!! You will need to join to get these amazing & unique fibers!

I'm so excited to combine these amazing two ladie's talents!!

Please stay tuned for more details!! It will be exciting!!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Spinning Freak....

I  thought I'd share a customer's story....It starts with wool she bought on Saturday...

Here's Kimberly's story...

On Saturday, I stopped by a new store in Vinton called Wooly Belle*.  They had just gotten in some beautiful roving and top.  Here is what I purchased:

Wool Top by Wild Hare Fibers


Saturday night, I spun the top into this single ply yarn:

Single-ply yarn

After letting the single ply yarn rest overnight to help set the twist, I plied it together and produced this two-ply yarn:



4 ounces of the wool top produced approximately 192 yards of two-ply yarn


I am not sure what I am going to do with this yarn, but didn't it turn out nice!



*Wooly Belle is located at 128 N. Pollard Street, Vinton, VA.  Their hours are Mon-Sat 9-6 and Sun 12-5.    The owner of Wooly Belle had this to say about her shop:  "We have an eclectic group of vendors. We've researched and searched for the most unique items in the local area.  We try to keep new things in the store and provide a unique experience when you come in, every time! We never want it to be the same place twice."  "Like" Wooly Belle on facebook! Check out Wooly Belle's blog!



She's been awesome support to us and we'd like to thank Kimberly for being so awesome and sharing this with us!!! We can't wait to see what everyone does with what they buy!!! Send us your story at wooly.belle@aol.com!

Monday, January 23, 2012

February Calendar

a.       Beginning Knitting  $30 for all 4 weeks including materials. 
b.      Beginning Crochet  $30 for all 4 weeks including materials.
c.       Kid’s Craft Day :  $2 each child.  Make a Valentine’s Day card!
d.      Crochet-A-Hat(Must have beginning crochet knowledge) $16 including materials
e.      Beginning Needle Felting, $5.00.  This is for people who want hands on experience in Felting, to lead to next step!
f.        Crochet a Ruffle Scarf(Must have beginning crochet knowledge): $10 plus materials.  
g.       Crochet a Scalloped Scarf(Must have beginning crochet knowledge): $10 plus materials
h.      Felted Wool Soap:  $5.00; Learn how to make felted soap!  Washcloth and Soap in 1!
i.         Next Step Needle Felting (Must have basic needle felting skills): You will be making a snowman $20 includes materials. (If you have your own needle you’d like to use, please bring)
j.        Wet Felting Beginner, $10 includes materials.  You’ll be learning basic wet felting techniques and making a pin or hairbow!
k.       Wet Felting Intermediate, $20 includes materials.  You’ll be making a cuff bracelet!
l.         Wet Felting Advanced, $55 includes materials.  You’ll be making a purse or scarf. 
m.    Silk Scarf Dying,  We’ll be using men’s ties to dye scarves.  $20 includes materials.
n.      Glass Jewelry , $30, Make 3 pieces of Glass Jewelry.
o.      Valentine’s Day Card Making, $12 (On display in front of store) Make your own Valentine’s Goodies!!!
p.      Amigurami Crochet Class, $35, materials included. Make an Angry Bird!
q.      Polymesh Wreath, $30 includes materials!! Make amazing wreaths!!!  On display in store!

Wooly Belle's Beginning...

Since this is our first post, thought I'd share how Wooly Belle came to be!

Amanda, raised as an artist's child, always loved to draw, experience art and always wanted to be an art teacher. Her father, Robert, was an amazing artist.  He could draw anything, build anything and was the greatest dad you could ever ask for to help with school "art" projects.  She naturally took after him and had lots of ideas!!  Originally, planning to go to Fashion Design school, she opted to stay here and continue working.  Becoming an insurance agent, then working in a call center, she realized these were holding her back from her passion.  She was destined to be something.  Something artistic.  She taught herself to sew, and thus began Oh Sew Pretty.  She sewed flowers from fabric first, starting her and her mother's adventures to craft shows.  Teaching her mother to sew left her with other jobs.  She started sewing and embroidering items!  Thus began a new era of Oh Sew Pretty.  Oh Sew Pretty and Sweet.  She had the ingenius idea of creating embroidered items made to look like sweets.  She continued this journey until at one craft show in the lonely town of Galax, her destiny caught up with her.  She met Karen Simpson.  A renowned Fiber Artist, who has made a hat and vest for Lady Gaga, the adventure began.  Amanda took classes on how to wet felt!  She learned to make a scarf, purse and hat-all in 1 weekend.  Then she was hooked!!  She then taught her self to needle felt.  Oh it was a disease...It's addicting!! She then thought, it's so amazing and easy, that she needed to teach others to do it!! She created the beginning kits in September 2011.  Showcasing them at their first show with the beginners kits and wool.  She and her mother Pam knew it was a growing trend.  They set out and conquered numerous places, but the question always asked is, "Where do we get more wool?".  So Amanda and Pam decided it was time.  2012, was going to be their year.  They found the quaint space at 128 N. Pollard St. and decided it was fate.  Cleaning and working on getting the store open within a month, they opened Wooly Belle, January 7, 2012.