Edinburgh Yarn Festival is the UK's Premier Contemporary Hand-Knitting Show
EYF2019 is brought to you with the support of John Arbon Textiles, a name familiar to many of you already! John, Juliet and the Team maintain and run one of the very few remaining small-scale worsted spinning mills in the UK. John likes to use fibre from sheep on his doorstep wherever possible, and, with the help of his trusty team — not to mention some lovingly-restored vintage machinery with names like Chapman, Ralph and Mr Boyd — they transform it into unique and sumptuous blends in the form of both yarn and tops.
This process is a labour of love, and for that reason John and Juliet will only work with fibre that excites them. The Mill is situated in the heart of North Devon, where John and Juliet have made their home. The surrounding Exmoor landscape is an ever-changing vista of rolling moors, mossy wooded valleys and dramatic cliffs – all populated with a rich variety of local sheep breeds. As much as possible, John uses the fibre which is reared and sheared on this land. Whilst experimenting with different local breeds, he has found a few firm favourites, including Exmoor Blueface, a crossbreed of the Exmoor Horn and Blueface Leicester. This wonderfully bouncy fibre, with a hint of drape and lustre, is the staple ingredient in John’s signature Devonia yarn and tops range, and also his newest addition, Exmoor Sock 4ply. Zwartbles fibre is another favourite because of its long staple length and naturally dark brown colour. John makes a gradient Exmoor Zwartbles natural shade yarn, whilst also adding a dash to his Harvest Hues and Exmoor Sock ranges for a wonderful depth of tone.
You’ll find John, Juliet and the John Arbon Textiles Team (Sonja, Frankie and Helena) at Stand F3 in the Main Marketplace at EYF2019. John will be speaking about the Mill and his adventures on Sunday at MAKE::WOOL (look for the Newmarket Room) at 1pm - this event is now full. But check out www.jarbon.com for details of how to become a Mill Member and to find out about the next Mill Open Weekend on 8th and 9th June 2019!
And if you happen to be wearing something created using his yarn, please do stop by the stand – seeing your wonderful handiwork always brings a smile to John’s face!