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Guest Blog: Diane from Eco-Stitch

Today sees the first in a number of upcoming guest blogs linked to the Cheshire Fibre Festival. Without further ado, I’ll hand you over to Diane
Hi,

My name is Diane and I’m the founder of Eco-stitch, based in Cheshire in the UK.

We source top-quality linen yarn from just across the Channel, where you can find the best flax-growing area in the world, which results from ideal climate conditions and centuries of know-how in flax cultivation and linen production.

We hand-dye this beautiful fibre using low-impact, non-toxic dyes and transform it from this:

Diane 1

into this:
diane 2 Diane 3

Knitting has been my hobby for years, and I recently took up crochet again. I love natural fibres, but I only discovered linen about 18 months ago, and I just fell in love with this beautiful, ancient fibre with so many natural qualities. It is also a very eco-friendly yarn which can be used in many different crafts, hence the name “eco-stitch”. I felt that linen yarn was really quite under-represented in the UK and wanted to promote its wonderful natural qualities, which you can read about in more detail on our website, www.eco-stitch.co.uk.

I will be attending the Cheshire Fibre Festival on October 1st with our hand-dyed linen yarn. You will be able to see all the different colours and skeins in real life.

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In the meantime, you can take a look at what we have to offer on our website shop.

Hope to see you soon at the event,     Diane.

 

Thank Diane. I have to admit I have mainly used linen in weaving, where I love the fabric it creates. I can’t wait to see the line of products at CFF in October.

Cheshire Fibre Festival

Saturday 1st October 2016

10am-4pm

The Hall at Marthall

Sandlebridge Lane

Marthall

Knutsford

WA16 7SB

Free entry and parking

Refreshments available (proceeds to Bloodwise)

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Cheshire Fibre Festival!

Well, I mentioned this back in March, but we are now exactly three months away from this:

CFF logoWoo hoo! I have to say I’m delighted with our logo and that is entirely down to the fabulous Little Grey Girl. Thanks Gemma!

In earlier posts I mentioned both Crafts From The Dungeon and Jenny Barnett Needlefelt will be there. In addition to Agrarian Artisan Designs and myself, we will also be joined by Eco-Stitch, who dyes linen in the most beautiful colours. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be shining a spotlight on each of the vendors in turn, so keep an eye out on the blog.

I am so looking forward to this event, partly because there will be cake!!!!! We are not charging an entry fee, but will be taking donations to Bloodwise for refreshments, which visitors will be able to enjoy in the Knit and Natter area. Obviously, don’t feel you have to restrict your social crafting to just knitting – bring your hooks, spindles, palm looms… I would say though, you’re probably better off leaving your spinning wheel at home…

Both Valerie of Agrarian Artisan Designs and Jenny will be running workshops during the day. Valerie’s are Crochet Blankets – Squares or Stripes? and Magical Mandalas. Each 2 hour workshop costs £25 and includes yarn, and both require knowledge of basic crochet stitches. Jenny’s workshop is Needlefelt a Badger. It’s a 3 hour workshop, costs £25 including materials and is suitable for age 12+. No experience is necessary. All workshops need to be booked in advance, directly with the tutor involved Email Valerie on  agrarianartisan (at) supanet.com and Jenny on jennyneedlefelt (at) gmail.com.

Cheshire Fibre Festival

Saturday 1st October 2016

10am-4pm

The Hall at Marthall

Sandlebridge Lane

Marthall

Knutsford

WA16 7SB

Free entry and parking

Refreshments available (proceeds to Bloodwise)

 

 

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More Vendors!

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!

©Jenny Barnett Needlefelt
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Save The Date!

Recently my co-conspirator Valerie, aka Agrarian Artisan, pointed me in the direction of this Facebook page: The North West Fibre Arts Trail.

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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…

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