Introduction to Ixchel Yarns and Fibres and Charly McCafferty aka the bunny lady
By Joni Cornell
I first came across fibre from ‘the bunny lady’ during a visit to another felt-maker’s studio (we were there using one of her pieces to demo the Gentle Roller). At one point she proudly showed me a special order of ‘lush bunny’ that had arrived from the ‘bunny lady’ and cooed, as if this was special. I came away with the label and was soon ordering my own sample of lush bunny, which was (superfine merino, cashmere, suri, silk, and Tencel). Doesn’t it sound yummy?
Charly doesn’t have a website. She sells mainly through social media to drive people to her blog, which is updated with goodies each week. As a newbie I found myself drowning in a sea of photos of fibre and yarn on her Facebook page and her blog, as I searched her colourways. Where would I begin my ‘sampling’ of the goodies? It was like you needed to be part of an inner circle to get the ritual activity going on and I wanted ‘in’.
I soon discovered that there were indeed ‘clubs’ and you were able to sign up every quarter to receive a surprise parcel in the post each month. It’s a great way to get involved with different fibres that you may not usually use. I’ve found it interesting having the back-story of the colourway or blends and it has encouraged me to consider carefully how I will use the fibre. It’s more than a “nice colourway”.
It’s an experience buying from Ixchel and it’s special. Charly is intrepidly open and generous to most things. It’s unlike buying fibre from any other online supplier.
Each month for the last six months since my sign up, I have received a surprise. It arrives like a gift. When I open it, I find something uniquely handmade, with care and thought. I’ve enjoyed a palette of colours inspired by artists and their unique work (which for me with an art history background is a delight).
Along with the fibre, I find an information sheet usually giving a bio of the artist and the work which has inspired Charly’s blending and dyeing of fibres. (I’ve signed up for the fibre club – there are also yarn and batt clubs offering the same palettes in those media).
Sometimes if Charly has included a rare breed of sheep (because that’s something Charly’s into and you’ll find out more about her reasons when you read her blog) there will be information regarding the sheep. So it’s an education! 😉
Since my sign up I’ve experienced all sorts of luxury blends, including Racka (a rare Hungarian breed) Shetland, cashmere, angora, as well as plant fibres such as agave cactus, bamboo, Tencel and shell fibre.
The February Promotion
It is my pleasure to introduce you to Charly ‘the bunny lady’ and her unique blends through The Gentle Roller’s February promotion. With every Gentle Roller purchased you will receive the gift of a free membership to the Fibre Club for 3 months. During April, May and June you will receive an art inspired surprise package of one hand dyed top/roving per month. All the rovings are especially made for the members of IxCHeL Fibre Club.
I know you will enjoy and be inspired by Charly’s masterful blending of fibres and their dyeing.
Examples of past monthly colors can be found below and at https://ixchelbunny.blogspot.com/
Examples of the monthly information sheet are shown below.
Purchasers agree to allowing their contact details to be provided to IxCHel for the purposes of delivery of their monthly gift. You will not be added to any automated email list.
There are no product returns, exchanges or money back, and the offer is non-transferable for cash or other products.
Examples of monthly rovings:
Examples of information sheets: