Edinburgh Yarn Festival is the UK's Premier Contemporary Hand-Knitting Show
Apart from the opportunity to buy from and meet some outstanding small vendors, we will also offer a couple of talks on the Sunday of EYF. Both events must be booked in advance and tickets are limited.
Kate Davies “Knitting in Edinburgh”
Once more we’re very pleased to welcome Kate Davies to MAKE::WOOL at EYF - she will be presenting a talk as part of our Sunday gathering.
Many of you will know Kate’s designs, yarns and other goods already, but even if you haven’t had the pleasure of hearing her speak yet, this will be a real treat. For centuries, the city of Edinburgh has been bound up with the story of wool and knitting. Kate will talk about the interesting connections between wool and the city from monastic sheep farming to Leith's trade in fibre and finished goods; from the Shetland knitters who found their homes and livelihoods in the city, to the Victorian women entrepreneurs who helped to develop the languages of pattern writing that are familiar to us today.
**** THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED ****
John Arbon - “Spinning for Purpose”
John’s Mill is one of a handful of small scale specialist worsted spinning mills still operating in the UK (John Arbon Textiles). He produces fine quality yarns spun from carefully sourced, luxury breed specific fibres. John started the Mill eighteen years ago with a few vintage machines he rescued and lovingly revamped, and has been expanding ever since. In his talk John will describe the process by which he turns fibre into yarn and impart some of the woolly wisdom he’s learnt along the way. He’ll be taking a close look at the various aspects of fibre selection and suitability, the technical aspects of processing, as well as considerations when defining the final yarn’s suitability in terms of construction, effects and the design process.
When: 1 pm - 1.45 pm
Where: New Market room at the Corn Exchange
Cost: Free (limited availability) with MAKE::WOOL admission ticket (£9), booking is essential. Maximum purchase 1 per transaction.