Remember I told you last week about how Agrarian Artisan and I are working together to host the Cheshire Fibre Festival on Saturday 1st October at The Hall at Marthall? Well I’m delighted to announce that Jenny Barnett, Feltmaker is joining us. She will have a stall and also run a workshop in the afternoon. We’re so excited to have Jenny with us; I hope you are too!
It’s that time of year again, when the replies for the show applications start to come in. I’m thrilled to be returning to two shows that I attended last year; the Pop Up Wool Show in August and Kendal Wool Gathering in October.
This year sees a change of location for the Pop Up Wool Show, from the Bebbington Oval to Hulme Hall at Port Sunlight. This is a venue I’ve never been to before, so I look forward to it. I’m very fond of the Pop Up Wool Show as it saw the first real discussions between the powerhouse of world domination that is Jo Shiny Bees and myself about the idea of Yarns From The Plain attending shows. Last year was also a wonderful opportunity to meet with some podcast listeners.
The Pop Up Wool Show is at Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight on Saturday 20th August from 10am to 4pm. Entry costs £3.
The Kendal Wool Gathering takes place on the last weekend of October, in a variety of units in the K Shopping Village, and this year is expanding into a local school as well. It was created as a way to promote Kendal’s woolly heritage and that is something very close to my heart. I met some lovely people last year and had a great time demonstrating the Dizzy Sheep spinner. They flew off the shelf like hot cakes on the Saturday!
The Kendal Wool Gathering takes place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 3oth October, 10am to 5pm on the Saturday and 10am to 4pm on the Sunday. Free entry.
The aim of the Trail is “to help NW fibre artists and small producers to promote their work to the public via exhibitions, sales, demonstrations, workshops etc. 30th Sept – 14th Oct”. Well, what’s not to like? I hit the “Like” button and began to ponder how I could get involved. Suggestions on the page included having a pop-up shop (but where?) or an Open Studio (have you SEEN the state of my house?) and to begin with I was a bit stumped. The idea of an Open Studio sounds so wonderful and a couple of my friends have done it in the past but to be honest I live at the bottom of a very long cul-de-sac in a rabbit warren estate, so parking is not ideal and my house is just not suited to a stream of visitors. Oh, who am I trying to kid? There’s nothing wrong with my house, it’s just my lifestyle that doesn’t lend itself to it!
Anyway, while I was deliberating and had come to the conclusion that the only possible way was a Pop Up in a local yarn store (and to be honest the number of ones with space available in my immediate locale is dropping…), Valerie dropped me an email. She hosts a regular crochet workshop which falls within the fortnight, but a Monday might not be the best day and her venue has limited parking. While pondering the use of another venue, she had realised that there was a lovely village hall nearby, but the cost of the hall hire was prohibitive on her own – would I be interested in sharing the costs? Within a very short time, we’d bounced ideas around and I can now proudly announce that Saturday 1st October sees the very first Cheshire Fibre Festival, at the Hall at Marthall, just off the A537 Knutsford to Macclesfield Road. Valerie will be offering a range of crochet workshops and selling her patterns, I will have my yarns and fibres for sale and we have also approached a number of other Cheshire based Fibre Artisits to see if they would like to be involved. I’m delighted to announce that Crafts From The Dungeon is one of our vendors.
Right now I’m wobbling between excitement and terror (but hey ho, what else is new, lol!) Keep the date free and keep your eyes peeled as we release more details…
A couple of weeks ago I was delighted to be interviewed by fellow podcaster, friend and all round good egg, Jo from the Shiny Bees podcast. The interview was published today, in episode 84 and there is a link here.
It was a reet good giggle and a delight to do. If you don’t listen to Shiny Bees (why not?), then I heartily recommend her. Listen in for information in what I’ve been up to recently, plus a couple of scoops and even something special just for you…
Some of you may have noticed that there is currently no yarn in the shop. That’s because I am in the middle of a big stocktake prior to having a big update towards the end of the week. I am currently taking a break from my tally sheet with a cup of coffee and The The blasting out. I am seriously having to resist the urge to roll around on all the skeins laid out on the floor…
Due to increases in raw materials towards the end of last year I am unfortunately having to increase some of the yarn prices. I’ve held off as long as I can, but from the next update, Nether Alderley will cost £15, Chelford will cost £14.50 and Mobberley and Stanley will cost £14. Other lines remain the same. Fibre prices currently remain the same and there is some fibre in the shop, along with the second quarter of the Fibre Explorers’ Club.
I’ve had so much fun designing the colours for this! It’s a quarterly club, with Round 2 covering the second quarter of 2016. Each month for the three months’ duration you will receive 150g of fibre, hand dyed by me in a not-to-be repeated colourway. So far in Round 1, we have had two fibres that are brand new to Yarns From The Plain and I’ll be dyeing the third and final fibre of Round 1 next week. I haven’t yet made the decision about Round 2 yet, but what I can promise is that each month’s parcel will contain 150g of fibre of which at least 75% is British (or British Overseas Territory) wool. It will probably be combed tops… but might not be! The club will cost £50 per quarter, which includes postage, and each month’s parcel will be sent out by the 20th of the month. Sign ups for round two open on Friday 4th March and close on April 5th unless the club sells out beforehand. It is a three month subscription and places are limited – so what are you waiting for?
[This link will take you to the club section, but the club itself won’t show up until it goes live on Friday.]