Be childish, whilst there is still time

coin sparks cap. simpler things.

Enjoy the simpler things in life. Remember to enjoy the simpler things in life, a friend of mine was recently hospitalised. He recovered, but the gentleman in the bed opposite didn’t. Witnessing a guy dying has changed my friend somewhat, and as he returns to health his focus has changed too. Now he urges that […]

Out of respect for mice I will not use pesticide.

in focus bindweed root out of focus dug bed

So, I find myself with a conflict but have decided I will not use pesticide.  Plants you want will die if you so much as look at them wrong. Bindweed, on the other hand, can regenerate a whole new colony if you leave behind a single millimetre of it’s brittle root. Surely, this is when […]

Natural Dye Kits Now Available!

Dye your own bag kit

Dye your own ethically sourced cotton bag with our super simple kits. Natural dye kits! These kits contain simple instructions and all the ingredients you need to dye your own cotton drawstring bag. Each set of ingredients is ample for adding colour not only to the bag supplied, but also for dyeing/tie dyeing t shirts, […]

Introducing: The Lambkini!

Lambkini on male ready for the beach beachwear for men, made from sheepskin.

The Lambkini – Real Men Wear Wool. As summer approaches we’ll be asked if our wardrobe will embarrass us on the beach, or indeed if our own bodies are up to the task of laying in the sun and attracting a mate. Don’t hide indoors this summer, instead tan your hide with a luxurious longhaired […]

Sheepskin Seat Cover | Soft as a kitten, hard as nails

sheepskin seat cover on a motorbike

After an hour in the saddle without a sheepskin seat cover, many bikers experience ‘bikers bum’ and it can actually be quite sore. It’s not just that some bikers are more suited to a Nissan Micra either, there’s nothing manly about ignoring the early signs of a pressure sore – quite the opposite. That’s why so […]

Dyeing With Lac

lac dye with barney removing water from cloth

Lac Dye is a fascinating product, made from insect secretion and harvested by inoculating trees with Kerria Lacca insects. Cultivation begins when a farmer gets a stick that contains eggs ready to hatch and ties it to the tree to be infested. Thousands of lac insects colonise the branches of the host trees and secrete […]

Why People Are Returning To Natural Dyes

Synthetic Dye Mauve can be replaced with natural Mimosa

The first synthetic dye ever discovered was mauve. Found accidentally by William Henry Perkin, who at just eighteen discovered a purple colour leaching out of some coal tar he was experimenting with. He spilt some alcohol and the resulting solution stained his silk scarf purple. This was in 1856 and some of Perkin’s dyed samples remain […]

First Go At Dyeing With Mimosa

Despite selling the highest quality powdered inner root bark Mimosa, we hadn’t done any dyeing with it… until last weekend. With the delivery of a new set of natural dyes and life in general we hadn’t had a chance to get to the fun part; having a play around with the products themselves. We didn’t […]

COMING SOON: The Nose Cosy!

small piece of sheepskin covers exposed tip of nose

Here at Dartmoor Sheepskins we listen hard to what you need. You told us your nose was cold, we give you the Nose Cosy™ Sheepskins for keeping your nose warm on a cold winters day. How often have you cursed the cruel winter chill that brings with it the predictable running, sore and generally very […]

One More For The Woad

woad paint on face of child

Did you know that police uniforms had to be dyed in woad until 1930? Find out more in Shannon’s latest blog!