While Jon runs Natural Born Dyers, its setup was a joint effort with his partner Claire who is the knitter/crocheter and was the inspiration behind the business. They've both answered our questions, so you get a doubler!
When did you start knitting/spinning/crocheting?
J: I’m not a knitter but can spin and have spun for about 2 years
C: I learnt to knit as a child but then took it up seriously about 7 years ago, spinning about 5 years
What was your first knitting/spinning/crochet project?
J: I don’t have the patience for major projects so tend to do odds and sods
C: A disastrous Green Jumper in Acrylic
Can you show us some of the products you'll be bringing to the festival?
Batts, felting packs, curls, yarns and spurtzleurs.
What product/pattern are you most proud of?
Our Spurtzleur, spinning tools that came out of a chance meeting, were designed entirely by me and as far as I know are unique to us.
How many WIPS have you got?
C: Active WIPS-1, UFO’s too many to count! Do you use Ravelry?
Yes both of us, dyepotty (Jon) and panperoxide (Claire) Have you got a favourite pattern designer and why?
J+C: Anna Richardson at ‘One Hand Knits’ who we first came across whilst sharing stands next to each other at a show. She produces a range of individualistic but wearable designs and is a thoroughly nice lady
What's on your needles/hook/spindle right now?
J: Cotswold fibre on a spindle
C: Celestarium, a circular shawl representing the night sky with beads
If you had to pick just one kind of yarn to knit with/ tool to work with / fibre to spin for the rest of your life what would it be?
J: Cotswold fibre, gorgeous lustre longwool that, uniquely for its wool type, behaves in the dyebath, can be carded and spins wonderfully
C: Any BFL/ silk blend yarn for the lustre and drape
Any of you knew what a spurtzleur is? Well, we didn't either until we read about it on Jon and Claire's website! It's a little spinning stick, which is made by Jon from local and reclaimed woods. Jon has also put up a great little how-to picture guide on their website. I'm sure he'll be up for a demo on the day!