NEWS AND VIEWS – 05 February 2019
PLEASE NOTE!! PRICES FOR ALL MERINO TYPES HAVE INCREASED AS FROM 01 FEBRUARY 2019. THIS INCREASE HAS ONLY BEEN 5%, BUT A FURTHER INCREASE IS EXPECTED AT THE END OF MARCH WHEN MY NEW STOCK COMES IN FROM EUROPE.
As you all know, we have always been very proud of the fact that the majority of our products are wholly South African sourced and processed, but the powers-that-be at Group Head Office have now made the decision to close our own processing facility in SA, which means that the wool tops I will be offering after my present stock has run out will be combed elsewhere. I have managed to keep back at least a six-month supply of home-produced wool, but after that is sold I will have to resort to importing SA wool from an overseas processing facility, crazy as that may sound!
I will make every attempt to keep this show on the road as cost-effectively as possible in order to support all the wonderful people with whom I have been privileged to interact since 2004, which was when our small user business started its journey. I would suggest that those of you who have painstakingly built up your small and medium sized businesses over the years now take serious steps to work these projected increases gradually into your costings. I will only be importing 19.5 micron, 20.5 micron, and 21.5 micron wool tops in future. They will be sourced from a reliable European supplier who can guarantee non-mulesed wool, hopefully of South African origin.
Orders must be placed by email ( firstname.lastname@example.org ), following which a sales order will be generated and sent to you. When we receive proof of payment by EFT into our bank account, we will then issue your official Tax Invoice, pack up the parcel, and dispatch your order within five working days. Fastway is our courier of choice, but you are welcome to make other arrangements should you so wish. Please specify this when ordering.
Prices range according to micron (fineness), and are now fixed on a bi-monthly basis to follow the international market movement. Current prices are valid up until the end of March 2019.
We have decided to drop our minimum order policy entirely. This is due to the fact that the price of wool has risen so much in recent times, and we feel that this may have put many crafters off the idea of using our products due to the high initial outlay. Smaller volume orders, which means a maximum of 1kg wool tops (not noils) that can be packed into one of Fastway’s A3 satchels will incur a cost of R55 + VAT, rather than the Fastway Orange Label charge to major centres of R105 + VAT. I do not add any surcharge on to Fastway’s normal pricing to bulk customers, so you can even calculate in advance how much you will be charged.
TYPE APPLICATIONS CURRENT PRICES (EXCLUDING VAT)
Pure Merino Wool Tops
Combed undyed continuous sliver tops 25g/m, staple length 70mm
100% South African certified non-mulesed pure Merino wool tops
19.5 micron Good for spinning and felting next-to-skin goods R345 / kg
20.5 micron Most popular with hand spinners & felters R315 / kg
21.5 micron Popular with hand spinners and felters alike R300 / kg
100% South African certified non-mulesed Merino crossbred wool tops
23.5 micron 65mm Back in stock – good for chunky blankets R265 / kg
Combed in SA, but of New Zealand or South American origin (therefore non-mulesed)
29.0 micron 60mm Ideal for structural felting applications R165/kg
30.5 micron 70mm Wall hangings and rugs R165/kg
N.B. The above two types are in limited supply, and I will most likely not be stocking them when this supply runs out.
NOILS Stuffing of toys, cushions R90/kg
Very short 100% New Zealand non-mulesed Romney wool fibres
Removed from the sliver during the combing process
Contains some dried vegetable matter
My supply of South African noils has run out, so our current noil stock comes from the coarse New Zealand Romney wool which we processed during the mill’s last winter in 2017. The noils are very low in VM, and this breed’s wool is particularly springy and lofty, so it is a very good insulator.
Please note that these prices do not include V.A.T. or transport costs