• Imagen 1 Handspun Yarn Worsted Weight 100% Angora Chain Ply, 3 ply
    Here you have natural 100% pure white French angora rabbit yarn. Softer than cashmere, 7 times warmer than sheep wool. $86


The Best Recipe for Brioche or BABKA CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT By @paul.hollywood

The chocolate brioche chocolate babka recipe from Great British Bake Off

The chocolate babka recipe from the great british bake off recipes aka Chocolate Brioche.

I was intrigued by this recipe because it called or only one proofing session. NY style Babka calls for 2 it can even be as long as overnight. I loved this recipe by @paul.hollywood The singular rise with the addition of instant yeast worked great and this will be the new recipe moving forward for the family. For those of you who aren't familiar, chocolate babka is an enriched bread that's plaited, stuffed with chocolate, and can be filled and topped with all sorts of sweet things like hazelnuts, streusel, and more. 

Essentially the best brioche recipe. It's A BIG DEAL in New York City. 

The chocolate babka recipe from Great British Bake Off

The chocolate babka recipe from Great British Bake Off

Just look at the chocolate hazelnuts! The best babka recipe, love that paul hollywood baking.

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The chocolate babka recipe from Great British Bake Off

The chocolate babka recipe from Great British Bake Off


Quick Guide to Dyeing With Wild Goldenrod Plant Solidago Colour from Natures Sunshine

purchase this yarn at my store nancystoreonline.com
Goldenrod Flower Pima Cotton Yarn DK Weight

Goldenrod flower dye vat with mercerized pima cotton yarn and Pearl Ex. 

Here in New York, goldenrod matures and blooms from July to October. I carefully harvest the flower fronds, trying not to pick too many leaves or stems in the process then gathered enough to fill my dye pot 3/4 full. 

I used for the mordant aluminum acetate and a tiny rust (iron) from the bottom of the enamel vat, perhaps making it a little hint of green. We will see what it looks like when finished. I use a 10% by a weight-of-goods proportion of alum to cotton, checkout tutorial on mordanting by Botanical Colors it has a great tutorial on mordanting.  1 teaspoon of Pearl Ex Interference Gold check out the video so sparkly. I kept it on the stove to a simmer (not a boil unless you want a deep russet color) for 3 hours.

Soaked my mercerized cotton overnight in tap water at room temperature. I placed it in the simmering vat for 1hr making sure it was mostly submerged. After an hour I removed and used the towel dry method for the yarn let dry, then rinsed 3 times, created a soaking bath for 1/2hr with cedar essential oil, rinsed again toweled dry and hung up to dry. The Pearl Ex is still visible after 4 washings. Goldenrod definitely brought the sunshine it came out great.

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how to use natural dyes goldenrod nancy tranter

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How to Make The Best Rainbow Spiral Cookies (gluten free cookies) Recipe

These gluten free rainbow cookies will take your sugar cookie game to a whole new level

Out of all the gluten free cookie recipes the Rainbow Spiral Cookie is the best. These colorful swirled cookies will take your gluten free sugar cookie recipe game to a whole new level! They are made just like a jelly roll cake. All you do is roll and slice away.


1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp. confectioner's sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups of one to one gluten free flour baking mix (I get the best gluten free flour at nuts.com)
rainbow non pareils
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. almond extract
1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple food coloring
1. Mix together granulated sugar, confectioner's sugar, and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the egg and vanilla extract. Set both bowls aside.
2. Beat the butter with an electric mixer until pale light and fluffy. Add the sugar mixture and whip until you know their are air bubbles -light and fluffy. Gradually add the flour and mix until just combined.
3. Divide the dough into 2 balls and set one ball aside this will be your white spiral. Divide the other ball into 6 pieces and dye each the color of the rainbow or any color combo you see fit.

These colorful swirled cookies will take your sugar cookie game to a whole new level

4. Create two layers. the uncolored dough on top of a silicone sheet rolled out into a 10 x 12 inch rectangle. Roll each colored ball of dough into a long sausage shape and line them up  on another silicone sheet 10 x 12 inch. Gently press together and place another silicone sheet on top. Roll out into a rectangle. Stack the sheets and put in fridge for 1 hour.

These colorful swirled cookies will take your sugar cookie game to a whole new level

5. Remove uncolored dough silicone top. Flip the rainbow dough on top of the uncolored dough. Trim the edges. Position the dough with the long edge facing you and roll the dough away into a spiral. Wrap with silicone sheet or plastic wrap and place in freezer for one hour.

gluten free rainbow cookies

6. Slice the dough into 1/4 inch thick slices and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 325*F for 15 minutes, until the edges are golden. Cool for a few minutes and enjoy. Absolutely the best gluten free cookies.

These colorful swirled cookies will take your sugar cookie game to a whole new level

These colorful swirled cookies will take your sugar cookie game to a whole new level

If you like this gluten free baking recipe check out my Lane Cake an American Classic

#momlife #pinwheelcookie #cookie #rainbowcookies  #rainbow #treats #rainbowcrafts #gaypridecookies #desserts


A 13-Step Free Face Mask Pattern Guide (That ANYONE Can Follow)

nancy tranter face mask patternNancy Tranter Designs dolce gabanna fabric cat print red nancystoreonline.comNancy Tranter Designs Cavalli fabric cat print red nancystoreonline.com

Here is a face mask pattern it allows you to use elastic or ties to secure it in place and you have the option of inserting a P2.5 filter between the two layers and adding a wire nose guard.

This PDF download is the easiest version to sew. Click on the picture to the right to download PDF. Please hit the like button for my facebook page in the left column if you like or use this pattern.

Face mask pattern nancy tranter
Face mask pattern nancy tranter

  • Two 8″ fabric squares for outside of mask
  • Two 8″ fabric squares for inside of mask
  • 1/4″ elastic
  • wire
  • filter (optional)
  • fabric marking tool
  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • printed face mask pattern 

Face mask pattern nancy tranter

Face mask instructions:

  • Cut out inner and outer face mask pattern pieces on the solid lines.
  • With fabric right sides together, pin pattern pieces to fabric or just trace cutting lines onto fabric. Cut out inner and outer face mask pieces.
  • With right sides together, sew 1/4″ seam along the inside center face mask pieces. Repeat for the outside center face mask seam.
  • Cut notches into the curved seam allowance just sewn or use pinking shears to trim curved seam allowance. This will reduce bulk and help the seam to lay flat. Gently press to one side.
  • Turn under 1/4″ along the short side edges of the inner face mask and press. Stitch in place.
  • With right sides together, pin inner and outer face mask pieces along upper edge, matching center seam. Stitch using 1/4″ seam allowance (backstitching at the beginning and end).
  • Turn right side out and press seam, extending 1/4″ fold along the outer face mask edge.
  • Top stitch in place 1/8″ from folded edges.
  • Turn under 1/4″ along the short sides of the outer face mask and press.
  • Fold this edge again (5/8″) so that it meets the pencil line and press.
  • Transfer solid casing line (1 1/2″ from raw edge) onto the wrong side of outer face mask pieces using marking tool.
  • use a 1/4" elastic for around the ears cut 2, 6-8" lengths (depends upon size of ears), place elastic inside of casing and stitch along the inner folded edge, creating a casing for elastic or ties.
  • insert P2.5 filter I buy mine on ebay
Yes, some of that fabric is Dolce and Gabbana and Cavalli ;) They are in my shop nancystoreonline.com
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Rose Clay, Activated Charcoal, Goats Milk Spa Bar Recipe: It's Not as Difficult as You Think

Charcoal and Rose Clay Spa Bar - Learn to make a luxurious soap bar with this recipe.

Available at my store: Handmade Goat's Milk Soap Rose Clay & Charcoal Spa Bar with Rose Otto Essential Oil - FREE SHIPPING
nancystoreonline.com rose clay spa bar display on Coalport porcelain china plate

Rose Clay along with activated charcoal are great soap ingredients for several reasons. They have great purifying qualities and introduce beautiful natural coloring to your melt and pour soap. Rose Clay is a very beautiful clay that adds a dusty rosy pink color and gentle exfoliation. Clay can be added to Melt & Pour Soap up to 1 tablespoon per pound.  The easiest way to add Clay to your Soap is to mix it with a small amount of rubbing alcohol prior to adding it to your Soap Base. Creating a smooth liquid with the clay and rubbing alcohol will help keep the clay from clumping when you add it to the Soap; the rubbing alcohol will evaporate out.

Activated Charcoal has so many cleansing and purifying properties. With charcoal, a little goes a long way. 1 teaspoon should be plenty treat it the same way using a small amount of rubbing alcohol until it dissolves

For a great skin nourishing soap, I used goat's milk soap base a proprietary blend from Brambleberry. Goat milk contains a certain fatty acid that helps skin prevent moisture loss and its PH is similar to that of human skin. If you want to receive all the benefits of goat milk in melt and pour soap, Goat Milk Melt and Pour Base is your best bet. If you are using Rose Absolute you would not want to waste it in the heat up process during saponification. The oil is too precious and expensive to just burn off. This soap has a lot of skin-loving ingredients that are perfect for facial skin. However, everybody’s skin is different! Some may be more sensitive than others. I would recommend trying this bar on your face and seeing what you think!

The 4 Benefts of Rose Clay, Charcoal, Goats Milk Spa Bar Recipe

1) Rose Clay benefits are anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness of irritated skin, get rid of acne, dermatitis and eczema.
2) Activated Charcoal has so many cleansing and purifying properties.
3) In addition to lactic acid goat milk contains fatty acids that help repair the skin barrier, probiotics to encourage the growth of normal skin flora, and vitamin A to help gently exfoliate.
4) Rose Otto is the purest of rose oils and known as the Queen of oils. It has anti-inflammatory, cooling and soothing properties which can help with stress-related conditions in more mature skin types.

To make this soap you will need:
56 ounces Goats Milk Melt & Pour soap
1/2 teaspoon Activated Charcoal
1 tablespoon French Rose Clay Powder
12 mL Rose Otto Essential Oil 
12 Cavity Rectangle Mold

Start by cutting up your goats milk soap base into small cubes. I have learned that keeping the cubes small and evenly sized will help make the melting process go a little more smoothly – pun intended! When you have all the soap base all cubed, divide the base.

rose clay spa bar cutting up of goats milk soap

Put the small soap portion in the microwave for intervals of 30 seconds and stirring in between. This will allow the soap to melt evenly without scorching. The goal is to get a nice smooth melted soap base without over heating. 

Divide the soap into three portions: plain goats milk, pink rose clay, and charcoal.

Divide the soap into three portions: plain goats milk, rose clay, and charcoal.

Use a very small bowl and measure out 1/2 teaspoon of activated charcoal into the dish. Add rubbing alcohol until it’s well hydrated and easy to mix (up to 1 Tablespoon). Using the mini mixer or small wisk, carefully blend the charcoal to break up any clumps and get a smooth liquid consistency. Set that aside. Use the same technique for the rose clay.  Add rose otto essential oil equally to melted soap.

rose absolute vs rose otto

Rose oil is the essential oil extracted from the petals of various types of rose, the most commonly used being Rosa damascena, the damask rose, and Rosa centifolia, the cabbage rose. Rose Oil is expensive because you need a high yield of flowers to produce a small amount of oil. Typically Steam Distillation, Rose Otto, produces a smaller yield of oil compared to solvent extraction, Rose Absolute. It is said that Bulgaria produces about 70% of all rose oil in the world, other significant areas that produce rose oil are Morocco, Iran and Turkey.

Add rose otto essential oil equally to melted soap

get your mold ready mist with rubbing alcohol and pour the base creating a base of activated charcoal soap

get your mold ready mist with rubbing alcohol and pour and add charcoal layer

This bar has a dual design one side is entirely an DIY activated charcoal soap recipe melt and pour. 

homemade rose clay pour

Once the entire tray has completely cooled and hardened, you can carefully unmold your rose clay soap. Hope you have a better understanding of the benefits of rose clay in soap. 

Nancy Tranter artisanal soap rose milk and charcoal spa bar

source: brambleberry, soap queen rose clay soap mask, Dr. Purvisha Patel #rosesoap #roseotto #goatsmilksoap #charcoal


Pantone color of the year 2020 Classic Blue 19-4052

Handspun CLASSIC BLUE Art Yarn Beaded, Rose Sapphire, dk to Light worsted 247 yards - free shipping

This yarn is so rare and unique it is made mostly of Rose fiber it is very similar to bamboo in appearance and feel. It is a new cellulose fiber made from rose bushes, it is environmentally friendly, green eco fiber. I hand dyed this shade of blue to represent that special time of twilight. a shade reminiscent of the sky at dusk. It also has glass beads crochet into it. 

Imprinted in our psyches as a restful color, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. Aiding concentration and bringing laser like clarity, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue re-centers our thoughts. A reflective blue tone, Classic Blue fosters resilience.

CLASSIC BLUE Art Yarn is a one of a kind yarn that I carded and spun. The dkweight varying to worsted weight yarn looks amazing in finished products! Handspinning and carding is a slow craft technique which results in the yarn looking very different from a machine made yarns. Coordinating hues in of Brilliant Blue, Royal Blue, whites, aqua, and black. Hints of Miyuki glass beads in blue. Firestar and Glitz create a metallic effect. This Yarn is soft.
Its made out of rose fibre 55% flax 10%, viscose 10%, faux cashmere %10, merino wool 5%, firestar 5%, glitz 5%. I would use this for projects close to the skin or outerwear.You can purchase this yarn at my store https://www.etsy.com/listing/797748199/handspun-classic-blue-art-yarn-beaded 


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sources: leatrese eishman,  Laurie Pressman, procato


Houndstooth Shawl with Optional Closure by Nancy Tranter a Closer Look at the Rigid Heddle Weaving Technique

nancy tranter copper houndstooth shawl

English Houndstooth, French "Pied de poule", Dutch “Hanevoet”is one of the most classic patterns for fabrics. Take a look a closer look at the rigid heddle weaving technique.

Whether on a houndstooth scarf, coat, skirt, purse, chair, blanket, or umbrella, the houndstooth never seems to go out of style. If you have it in your wardrobe, you will have a piece that will always be fashionable, at least in pattern. Although the pattern must have been known for centuries, it was made famous mostly by Christian Dior and is still frequently used in many variations. It is a non-exhaustible source of inspiration for fashion designers.I am using a 24" rigid heddle loom for this oblong shawl; however, the houndstooth pattern may be created in the same way on many other types of looms. You should only need to adapt it to your loom’s particular warping method. Weaving the Houndstooth is the process of creating a fabric from 2 perpendicular thread sets. One set is called the warp (vertical), the other the weft (horizontal). The weft thread crosses either over or underneath the warp threads and the precise about rule where to cross over and where to cross underneath determines the weave type of the fabric thus made.This weave is the simplest version of houndstooth – a 2×2. This size is also known as pinwheel and puppytooth. The addition of Reindeer antler buttons are supplies from my Sami bracelets inspired from Swedish Lapland. 
example of weaving a houndstooth pattern puppytooth

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Vector Design AI file Middle Eastern Motifs Digital download (1 File) Adobe Illustrator, Vector Format


serpentine motif nancy tranter graphic design 

INCLUDED WITH THE PURCHASE OF THIS LISTING: Vector Design AI file Middle Eastern Motifs (Digital File) Collection contains everything you need to start creating beautiful serpentine arabesque designs. Perfect for logos, posters, print advertisements and on the web. 

Complex complementary color palette. The Borders and frames have a unique design, and can easily be adapted to fit any rectangular or square shape. All designs are 100% vector and have editable strokes which allow you to change the weight/thickness of the lines.

Vector Design AI file Middle Eastern Motifs Digital download (1 File) Adobe Illustrator, Vector Format

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The licensed asset can appear in up to 5,000 end products for sale:
-Up to 5,000 physical or digital end products for sale
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Cannot be used for: -Native apps, web apps, or games 

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