Welcoming Devonia at Edinburgh Yarn Festival

We are now making ready for the long drive from Devon to Edinburgh Yarn Festival (very excited)!

We are in pre-show busyness – preparing and packing Tops, Socks and Yarns.
And we are adding the finishing touches to something very special to be unveiled at Edinburgh… our brand new yarn DEVONIA (more about that in just a mo’ but here is a photo to wet your appetite).

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Unravel this weekend!



This week we have been able to whip up some coloured Devonia Tops in blends we have been busily working on behind the scenes. We are coming to the final stages of our colour sampling and swatching, all of course influenced by Jean Lurcat, an incredible French Tapestry artist. We cant wait to share our process and start spinning the yarn!

We will be bringing FIVE of the blended Tops on their first ever outing to Unravel this weekend, the blend is from three of our local sheep, 50% Exmoor Blueface, 30% Devon Bluefaced Leicester, 20% Devon Wensleydale.
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Preparing for Unravel 2017.

It’s February which means its time for the eagerly awaited first show of the year!

Unravel, in Farnham, is a fabulously wonderful show full to the brim of Yarns, Wool and Tops.

You can buy tickets and find more information about it here.

It will be a first for us at Unravel to show off our new cabinets of Knit by Numbers DK and also the 4ply. We have been busy spinning up a fresh batch of the Knit by Numbers in all colours (91 in total!). We can’t wait for you to see them all in their glory!

Here are a couple of photos of us whipping it up at the mill….

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Happy 2017!

Hello woolly lovers and welcome to 2017!!
We have been very busy at the mill so far this year … we have started the year tweaking a couple of naughty machines (they are feeling much better now) and are at this moment in full production spinning up a fresh batch of Knit by Numbers ready for Unravel and Edinburgh yarn festival.
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Unravel is the first show of the year and we are excited to get back into show season. You can find more information about it here.

We will bring you more info about Edinburgh Yarn Fest over the next few weeks!

But for now, we had a lovely weekend at the York Guild of Spinners Weavers & Dyers (21st Jan). John gave a talk about what he gets up to at the Mill (and told some impromptu jokes as well!). Of course we took along plenty of yarns and tops! And had a wonderful time. Thank you to all the Guild members for looking after us so well.

Hope to catch with all you woolly folk at a show / event during this year and hope your New Years have started with a little less machine craziness than ours!

Thank you Bath, and Hello Pom Pom Party!

Merry Socktasticness!

With just over a week to the big day we are busy as little elves getting socks out to one and all!

But we have just spent 3 weeks in Bath for the quaint and delightful Christmas Market! It was lovely to spread the festive cheer throughout and send many new people home as woolly sock converts! And the residents of Bath who we met last year and came back again this year, thank you.

We hope you all have a lovely Christmas and New year and we look forward to seeing you in the near future. Juliet and the ladies in the shop will of course be working very hard to get all your orders out till as late as they can!

Now we’re off to sip Mulled wine and eat loads of mince pies whilst we get ready for the PomPom Christmas party tomorrow, Friday 16th December!

Frankie will be there at the PomPom representing us (wish we could make it too) and herself with her fab patterns. She will be taking along a small selection of yarn including Harvest Hues (used for her latest pattern Gilt Wood), Alpaca Supreme (used for Lemel in the beautiful winter edition of PomPom) … and you will be able to see her samples here too! You can find Frankie on Ravelry Here. Follow her on Instagram @francescahughesknitwear.
The PomPom Chrsitmas Party will have a live band, grub, and of course loads of knitters in the same room! A fab raffle which will include the chance to win 4 skeins of our Zwartbles dk yarn and a skien of Harvest Hues, which is enough to complete Frankie’s next pattern for us next year!
We hope to see you there! Tickets are available here.

Lots of love,
The John Arbon Textiles Team X

Behind the scenes…

On this very chilly winter day we thought we would share with you some of the extra photos from our beautiful summers day sock photo shoot for our catalogue.

Photos shot by Ray Burmiston in lovely locations in and around our home, Lynton.

This first selection of photos was shot on Lee Bay beach … a typical North Devon Exmoor beach – all rugged and sharp looking with crashing waves and lots of rocks and pebbles! There is plenty of fishing and lobster potting to be done round here. And sometimes you may spy a Dolphin! Or even John on his kayak!

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Yarnporium, the lovely London show!

Good morning Wool Lovers!

Better late than never, we are writing to report on the new show Frankie went along to in London a couple of weekends ago … Yarnporium, created by lovely Alison & Rachel of the Yarn in the City.

The show was a great success – full of fibre makers and dyers and people walking round soaking up all the fumes, yum! It was the perfect start to sweater weather and getting excited about winter knits in front of the fire! (And mulled wine!)

Frankie on stand at Yarnporium
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Yarnporium (a brand new show) is fast approaching! It is this weekend! And we are busy preparing lots of yarn for you behind the scenes!

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Yarnporium is a new show from the lovely ladies who organise The Great London Yarn Crawl. Find out more and buy tickets here. We are really excited to have a stand, especially as we are doing it in a brand new way … it will be Frankie’s first solo show.
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Behind the scenes!

We thought we would share some behind the scenes photos of our catalogue photo shoot with you!

With massive appreciation to Juliet who organised like a busy thing and brought the whole catalogue together.

Ray who took the stunning sock photos and great mill shots.

Cicely who came to be our assistant for the 2 day photo shoot (and turned out to have a great eye for lighting!)

Frankie for yarn, top and mill photos. And for being sock model extraordinaire.

And to Adrian for doing all the wondrous graphic design and layout!
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