A final look at this year’s Marketplace

In just two weeks, as you approach Redborne Community College in Ampthill, prepare for your senses to be attacked! You are likely to be hit by the heady aroma of yarn fumes, your ears will be bombarded with ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ of appreciation from fellow fibre-lovers and your eyes will be dazzled by the myriad of colours, which may lead to much fondling and squishing of yarn and fibre, purchasing of said yarn and fibre, admiring the talents of the guild members as they demonstrate their skills, buying equipment to learn a new fibre art, chatting with friends and making new ones! Yes folks, Fibre-East 2018 is getting ever closer! It’s the weekend of July 28th/29th and you can buy advanced tickets now to save having to queue on the day! Simply go to the website here  – it’s easy! Let’s take a last look around this year’s marketplace and meet some more of our fabulous vendors.

Our first featured exhibitor is Moonbeads. Moon Beads will be at Fibre East for the second year running, offering an even greater selection of quality, large hole beads for knitting, crochet, Kumihimo and Macramé. This year they will be bringing some new ribbon tape – these Viscose Ribbon Tapes come in lots of delicious colours – perfect for knitting necklaces and bracelets with their beads! They also have a tempting range of fine coloured wires for knitting and crochet! Rosie will be demonstrating beaded Kumihimo (- Japanese Braiding), plus knitting with beads – showing how easy it is to make a beautiful beaded necklace or bracelet. They are also giving away a free Kumihimo (- Japanese Braiding) Beaded Bracelet Instruction Sheet (worth £3.50) – with the Basic Kumihimo Kit – as long as stocks last! Sounds like fun and a great way to learn a new skill by watching a demonstration from an expert.

Bear in Sheep’s Clothing sell British yarn, spun in Britain. They’ll be bringing their signature ‘speckle gradients’, an exclusive Fibre-East colourway, and will be premiering a few new bases, including a non-superwash, no nylon sock yarn! They will also bring a limited number of hand carved yarn bowls! It’s always exciting for us when people choose to launch something new at Fibre-East. We can’t wait to see what the exclusive colourway is!

The Knitting Swede will be bringing lots of lovely yarn to delight and tempt you. Tanja has expanded her colour selection of her Gradient Packs (5 x 50 g skeins). She will have her very popular Mini Rainbows with her, with the two new base colours (back-ground colours) for 2018: Dark Matter and Denim. Tanja also has a new [guest] base called Westai – it’s a gorgeous Welsh Mule and she will be dyeing up her remaining stock of it in time for this year’s Fibre-East. In addition Tanja has expanded on her metallics and now has four colours in the range. Time permitting, she will be having some BFL Sock Blanks and some project bags. My goodness, I’m exhausted just reading all that! It all sounds wonderful and well worth stopping off for a look.

Charisma Beads are delighted to be celebrating their Silver Jubilee year by exhibiting for the first time at Fibre-East. They will be bringing beads suitable for knitting and/or crochet. Size 8/00, 6/00 and 5/00 in both seeds and triangles, as well as a variety of sizes in cubes etc. Vivien will be demonstrating both knitting and crocheting with beads and they will be bringing along  a supply of hooks suitable for the technique. We are delighted to be welcoming them to Fibre-East this year and can’t wait to see all the beautiful beads.

Joe’s Toes were a real hit at last year’s show and they are returning in 2018. Amanda trained as a shoe designer and pattern maker and worked in industry for many years for big companies such as Clarks shoes and Hotter.  Joe’s Toes started in 2013 and Amanda has been designing and making slippers and kits ever since. From the initial felt slipper kit,  she’s expanded the range with crochet and knitted design. She’s also expanded the size range and they now have slippers and soles from new-born size to an adults size 14. They like to use natural materials, their thick felt comes in ten colours and is at least 90% wool, and use wool yarns. For vegan friends and customers they’ve just sourced a new thick felt made from recycled drinks bottles – it’s softer than it sounds! The kits have all the holes punched ready to sew and knit and crochet patterns have lots of pictures to guide you. You don’t need any glue or sewing machine to make the kits – they are simply stitched together with the bodkin and super-strong waxed thread which is supplied. All the parts to make the slippers, soles, tops, thread, bodkins, felt by the metre or fat quarter and handmade trims are available separately. So for lovely warm feet this winter, head to Joe’s Toes and get yourself a kit!

Janet from The Threshing Barn has been inspired by her move to the Yorkshire Dales and will be bringing some new yarns in both DK and 4 ply that have been sourced from local sheep farms and also spun in Yorkshire. The yarns have been overdyed to create stunning textured yarns with a real richness of colour. Janet has also dyed some yarns inspired by the vibrant colours in her garden. She will be bringing these along to the show as well as the full range of Gaywool Dyes that she uses and exclusively distributes in the UK. So if you’d like to try dyeing your own yarn, why not go and have a chat with Janet?

Abby from Luxury Yarns will be at this year’s show too. She started Luxury Yarns 7 years ago and has spent that time (and a lifetime before that!) sourcing the highest quality yarns available – her silks are produced by a small family business in India and her cashmere and cashmere blended yarns are manufactured in Italy by a company with strong like-minded ethics and are also part of Greenpeace’s detox campaign. In addition she has a wide range of hand-dyed yarns some of which you won’t find anywhere else (silk/cashmere, alpaca/cashmere and silk/camel – as well as Merino).  Abby will also have a selection of exclusive patterns and knit kits with her  at Fibre-East. So for some luxury yarns, go and see Abby.

Jibbyroo Sews was created by a mother and daughter, Francesca and Michelle, off the back of their love for sewing, knitting and all things crafty! Making things has always been a passion of theirs and they started by creating project bags to hold all of their knitting and sewing experiments in them. From here they started their business 4 years ago, selling their project bags along with drawstring bags, tote bags, purses, notions bags and sock sack bags. You can expect to see all of these at their stand at Fibre East, as well as their handmade stitch markers and to celebrate the newest addition to the Jibbyroo Sews family, they will be bringing along their new collection, Baby by Jibbyroo Sews! If a project bag is what you’re looking for, make sure to pay Jibbyroo a visit!

This year we will be very sad to say farewell to one of our oldest friends at Fibre-East. Joan from Woodland Turnery tells us:

‘As many of you know this is our last visit to Fibre East (we have been to every one so far) and we shall be retiring in November 2018 and then moving North to be near family early in 2019.

So at Fibre East we will still be selling most of the items on our web page as we still have two more shows to attend. Our best seller at present is our great value blending boards £49.95  (overall size 35cm x 25cm).  We have approximately a dozen left, once they are gone they are gone.

We have reduced the price of out lace bobbins including pre-spangled ones (for lacemaking) by 25% and also our stitch markers and crochet markers  by 25% too. Shell beads are down in price (60p down to 30p per pack) and there are so a few good bargain bags of beads (200g for £2.00). Miyuki sliver lined round beads (4mm) and the bags of coloured 4mm beads all reduced by 10% while stocks last. Come and grab yourself a bargain

During the show we shall be running a wheel surgery as usual.’

Everyone at Fibre-East wishes them both a long and happy retirement.

Julie has been a trader at Fibre-East since the very first show – firstly as half of Knit ‘n’ Caboodle and, over the past four years, as Wool Zone. She is an avid sock knitter and stocks a wide range of sock yarns in her shop in Oakham, Rutland. Brands include Drops Design, Opal, Grundl, Schoppelwolle and West Yorkshire Spinners. Julie is on a mission to show that sock yarn is not just for socks so visit the Wool Zone stand and find knitting and crochet kits for shawls, garments and even blankets – all featuring sock yarn.  There are, of course, also kits for socks including the fabulous Summer Grazing Sock Kit.  If you’re a sock knitting addict or would like to learn more about knitting socks, go along and speak to Julie at Wool Zone.

Truly Hooked will be back again this year with their colourful yarns. As well as this, Verity will also be launching her latest book at the show.

The Second Drawer Down is the follow up to their award winning book, The Sock Drawer, which debuted at Fibre East in 2016. It contains 10 sock patterns, with large charts and deceptively simple designs. Perfect for knitters of all experience levels. If you’d like to get your hands on a copy of Verity’s book, hot off the press (and perhaps even get it signed) then make sure you visit Truly Hooked’s stand.
There’s always a buzz of activity around the Textile Garden‘s stand at Fibre-East with people choosing from the vast collection of buttons and other trimmings that finish off projects perfectly. Here’s what Maggie has to say about it:
 “Hi, I’m Maggie!  For about 12 years I have been selling mainly buttons via TextileGarden website.  You may have also seen me at various yarn and sewing festivals around UK and maybe even in mainland Europe.  TextileGarden offers what I believe to be the very best buttons available at an affordable price.  I get great pleasure in sourcing new stock and travel to visit factories frequently.  Keeping things fresh and interesting by introducing new design is very important to me.  I am always in awe at the beautiful knitwear I see at shows and I think you talented knitters out there deserve the best buttons available.”
So bring along swatches of yarn and fabric to make sure that you can get the perfect buttons for your latest projects.
Unbelievawool will be at Fibre-East this year with an exclusive F-E colourway, so we are all very excited about that! Unbelievawool yarns are dyed with colour in mind- Samantha loves colour and not only does she find colour fun to dye but also good for the soul!
Along with hand dyed yarns in a rainbow of colour they also provide a selection of patterns to purchase- many of which will be on display in Unbelievawool yarns to see and feel.
Yarn bases include standard merino and merino/ nylon for sock knitters as well as some luxury yak and silk bases- they like to provide yarns for a variety of projects. So make sure that you go and see Samantha and her colourful rainbow wall of yarn, and perhaps take home a special Fibre-East skein as a memento of your day.

GardeningWitch Designs will be at this year’s show too. Here’s Jane to tell you more:

“My name is Jane and I am the owner and maker at GardeningWitch Designs. Based in rural Bedfordshire, I make and sell stylish and practical accessories for the yarn enthusiast, including project bags, stitch markers and shawl pins. I have visited Fibre East every year except one, but this is the first year that I will be attending as an exhibitor. I will be bringing a variety of items, handmade by me, including project bags, knitting needle protectors, stitch markers, orifice hooks for spinners, and shawl pins. I will also have some ‘special edition’ project bags in a custom fabric, designed for Fibre East. Keep an eye on my Instagram feed (@GardeningWitch) for more details. I will also have some beautiful ceramic yarn bowls made by Chris Greening Pottery. I have published knitting patterns for fingerless mitts and a cushion cover, and you will find these on the Woolly Chic stand in the Romney marquee.

We are delighted to welcome Jane as an exhibitor for the first time this year. Make sure that you pay her a visit for lots of lovely delights!

Our last exhibitor to be featured in this year’s guide to the Fibre-East markeplace is Dragon Hill Studio. They are a small independent yarn dyeing business based in the Cotswolds. They work in small batches of 2-4 skeins and use a variety of dyeing methods to achieve different effects. Their main focus is on producing self-striping sock yarns and they have a large range of colours. Andrew has a very scientific approach and is chief dye-weigher and mixer! He also loves to knit socks and has developed many of our colour combinations. Sharon is chief dye-pot agitator and photographer. She loves working with bright, bold colour and luxurious yarns such as their irresistibly soft ‘Launceston DK’, a blend of Alpaca, Silk and Cashmere.

They currently dye yarn in a range of weights from lace to DK. Their self-striping yarns are proving particularly popular and they have greatly increased our range over the past 6 months. This will be their first visit to Fibre-East and we extend a warm welcome to them and to all of our exhibitors, both old and new.

Hot news! We are pleased to be able to tell you that Willo Fibres have bought the Natural and Acid Dyes side of the P&M Woolcraft business. P&M Woolcraft are not closing down, they have just sold the Dye side of their business, the rest of their business is open as usual. We wish them all good luck.

We hope you have enjoyed this sneak preview of the marketplace. For a full list of the vendors at this year’s show, check out our website here. Please leave us a comment and tell us what’s on your shopping list so far! Tickets can be purchased in advance on our website here, so why not get your tickets now so you’re ready for the show? Daily ticket prices are £8 for adults, £3 for children 5-16 (under 5’s free) and only £7 for groups of 15 or more. So get together with your yarny friends and make a day of it!




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