We can’t quite believe that Fibre-East 2016 is next month!!! Yikes, time is moving fast now. Before we know it, we’ll be donning our hi-vis jackets and marking out the halls and marquees ready for the vendors to arrive. We are feeling very pleased with the number, quality and variety of vendors we have this year. Time now to meet some more of them to whet your appetite before the big woolly weekend of July 30th/31st!
Costa Brava Knitting will be showcasing its own-label collection of splatter-dyed Merino and Bamboo Yarns, together with its collection of organic cotton 4 ply in all the shades of summer. Made-up garments will be on display to show how beautifully the yarns knit up, and Bonny will be doing demonstrations. They’ll also bring a wall of photos to showcase the magical scenery of the Costa Brava, where their holiday guests enjoy spa-hotel accommodation and pampering, knitting workshops and tourist excursions to see the very best that the area has to offer. If you like the idea of a knitting holiday in the sun (who wouldn’t?!), then make sure that you stop off and speak to Bonny.
Emily Cross Ceramics will be bringing her yarn bowls and magnetic porcelain pin dishes with her to Fibre-East in July. Emily has been working full time as a ceramic artist and designer for just over a year, but has been making yarn bowls since before she got her studio space in 2012, 2 years after graduating with a ceramics degree. Emily’s yarn bowls are made on a wheel and she closes the tops in to help the yarn stay inside. All kinds of fibre crafts are catered for from the doily crochet maker to someone using those fantastic super balls for broomstick knitting! Emily says: ‘I’m really excited to be taking part in Fibre East this year and am looking forward to meeting new people and making new friends’. Definitely worth visiting Emily’s stand to see and touch her beautiful work.
The Calico Cat, started 13 years ago, sells ‘pretty things for people who stitch’. Carole makes lampwork glass beads and designs counted thread embroidery as well as enjoying hand stitching and working with felt, while her colleague Linda enjoys patchwork, quilting, machine stitching and free-hand embroidery. Between them, they make a range of accessories and project bags, and are also expanding their range of pouches for knitters, weavers and crocheters. They will be bringing a range of threads for embroidery and machine stitching, buttons, shawl pins, beaded tassels, scissor fobs, pin cushions, needle books, embroidered tape measures and project bags. It sounds like a veritable treasure trove of delights and one not to be missed!
has been selling buttons, ribbons and other clothing accessories for 10 years. Maggie enjoys searching out unusual and beautifully made items that she can then sell to her customers. She tries to work with small producers as much as possible and visits each one, building up good relationships. If you’ve ever been at an event where TextileGarden is exhibiting, you’ll no doubt have been seduced by the wooden trays full of buttons of every colour, shape and size imaginable. So if you’re looking for the perfect fastenings to finish off a garment, make sure you bring along a sample of yarn or fabric to match to! I’m definitely going to be paying them a visit!
is a specialist business providing yarns and equipment to the textile artist. Primarily these are tapestry weavers but also needle pointers, cloth weavers – in fact anyone who loves to be creative with beautifully coloured yarns! A new product to Fibre East this year are their four Tonal Ranges; six colours in worsted wool, carefully gradated from quite pale to fairly dark offering great opportunities for blending and shading whether in tapestry weaving, canvas work, embroidery, knitting or cloth weaving. Their Artisan Bobbins and Weft Beaters will also be new to the Fibre East crowd and they have repackaged their tapestry Kits into more flexible units. So if you’d like to expand your collection of yarns with some beautiful colours, be sure to stop and visit Matty at weaversbazaar.
Our last featured vendor today is Cat and Sparrow
; this business started in Australia when two friends, Rachael and Cathy, shared a stand at the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Fair, and they brought out a range of hand-dyed fibres for spinners and felters. Although Rachael now lives in the UK, she and Cathy still work together on new ideas for their shops. Rachael will be bringing hand dyed fibre, using unusual blends and also custom blended fibres. Rachael says: ‘I’ll be bring a lot of batts with me. I love to use silk in my batts, and have some particularly lovely carded silk fluff that I will be putting into a lot of the batts this summer. I’ll also be bringing a large selection of hand dyed silk hankies, as well as undyed muga silk for those who fancy something a bit special and different!’ If spinning and felting are your ‘thing’, make sure that you go and say hello to Rachael and get stocked up with fibre!
Hope that your list of ‘must visit’ vendors is growing with each blog post. Make sure you tell your friends about Fibre-East and keep checking the blog. There’ll be another chance to win a pair of tickets to this year’s event coming up. In the meantime, leave us a message and tell us what’s on your shopping list so far! We’d love to know!