After being closed for several years the Dollshop, above the Metal Workshop, opened its doors again as a workplace for several people. Angelika Addison has taken on this workshop and since the 13th of November 2013 the warps are on the looms again.
There are a variety of products that are made in the Dollshop: hot water bottle covers, dream-catchers, scarves, door stoppers, felted balls, even ebook covers. Some of the wool that is used comes from Newton Dee’s own sheep. When Arjen sheers the sheep the fleeces come to the Dollshop where they all get put to a certain use - some become rugs and others are spun into yarn.
Some of the fleeces that we use are dyed with the use of plants collected on Newton Dee’s land. For the production of felt we mainly use bought-in merino fleece. The fleece is soaked in hot soapy water, rinsed, spun dry in the washing machine and hung up to dry. It is then drum-carded to align all the fibres and spun into yarn on a spinning wheel.
There are many different aspects of work in the Dollshop - there is knitting, weaving, felting and even spinning of the wool. Apart from being a production workshop, it is also a place with a calm and peaceful atmosphere. Angelika is a very gifted work-master and I truly enjoy working in the Dollshop, with the nicest thing about it being the chance to make something beautiful and meaningful.