Last week I bought a CE testing self certificate pack from Compliance in order to help me test some items I am thinking of making to sell
this pack is not a legal requirement BUT as the law is quite convoluted and complicated it is nice to have things spelled out for you. After a quick look through the pack I saw only one problem
also known as “will it poison the child should they suck on it?” this is the only part of the compliance that I can not do on my own, I will need a lad to test the yarn for this. I set about asking King Cole if the certificates were available, I must say the reply was rather speedy but not at all helpful, yes for £150 PER SHADE and £50 admin. Now, I can not fathom why it would cost so much as further investigation lead me to discover that the cost of commissioning these tests my self would be £60 ish per shade.
As I do not have a great many liquidised assets this soon after Christmas I set about E-mailing yarn companies with yarns that might work, Stylcraft are by far the most helpful with their certificates being freely available at no charge, but of the replies I got back, although nice, non were much help as they used Oeko-TEX certificates and they do not quite meet the CE EN71-3 standards I need.
This is when I turned to a FaceBook page (CE Marked Soft Toy Support Network) and this lead to a group that have a Kitty and test yarns, fabric, ribbon and such (by vote), I have requested a copy of the yarn certificates from them as there are some nice yarns I would like to look at for the bears (I’d have to change their name) and, oh joy of joys, they have had the yarn I wanted to use for the bunnies tested already.
So wile I await my brain making a decision on yarn for bears I will be able to get on with making and testing a bunny with a view to making baby bunnies (with heart, flowers, cars, and the like on them) and maybe cats and bears as well. For now I am waiting for the very busy, non paid admin to send me the certificates I will get on with lesson organisation and cupcake hooking for Dolly’s sewing school