Bath Christmas Market

Those of you who have received our new catalogue you will know that we are having a chalet at Bath Christmas Market. And would have also have received the 10% off flyer for anything purchased at said chalet that can be found inside the catalogue. If you haven’t had one yet, please request one HERE.

We are so excited to get snug in our chalet (number 93 in York St, near the Stall St end). We will be filling it full to the brim of all our lovely socks and making it all Christmasy.
Bath Christmas market is fantastic … loads of wonderful chalets and tasty foods. We will be coming along with loads of Seasonal Cheer to share.

Over the last few weeks we have been enjoying planning how to line the walls top to bottom with all our cosy socks! We will be bringing all our staple sock styles with us…

We will be proudly showing off our brand new re-designed and extra soft Alpaca Bed Socks in the lovely new pastel colours… this will be their very first outing. They have been revamped with more colour choices and redesigned for a more cosy fit. We also now have certain pastel colours available in size 8-10 as well as the usual size 4-7!

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Wovember

Happy Wovember wool lovers!

With each November, comes Wovember … and Wovember is about celebrating all things WOOL.

Instigated by designers Kate Davies and Felicity Ford, the movement celebrates real wool, whilst highlighting the misuse of the term wool in product labeling – campaigning for clear and non misleading terms, such as wool rich, and adopting clear and concise compositions.

At John Arbon Textiles we love to use pure wool. There is no substitute for it. We produce lovely knitting yarns and fibre for spinning, felting and other crafts from wool. We also have our sock range using yarn we spin, made here in the UK. Our production concept is simple – a return to old style textile manufacture sustainably sourcing raw fibre locally wherever possible and converting it in Britain into high quality tops, yarns and textiles.

We support our local community by using the Exmoor Blueface Sheep fleece in some of our hand knit yarns – Excelena, a yarn created by John and used by designer Susan Crawford and our Exmoor Sock yarn, and 3 of our sock ranges – the hard-wearing, cushion soled Stanbury Walkers, the everyday Exmoor Socks, and the knee-length Exmoor Country Hose. We also use our local Zwartbles sheep in a few of our yarns!

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Number 10 has landed!

Its official, we are now well into the run up to Christmas and festive cheer is starting to bubble…

With the unveiling of our updated website this morning and the impending arrival of our new catalogues on your doorsteps

…We are getting very excited here and are now starting to prepare for our next show – Bath Christmas Market!

On our up-dated website and in our new catalogue you will find a number of new scrummy things!

In sock world we have brand new and improved Alpaca Bed socks! A more snugg and cosy fit in lovely new colours, these socks are perfect for wearing when relaxing (or knitting) in front of the fire and or cosy in bed. The new colours are available in size 4-7, and select colours are also available in size 8-10 too.

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John Arbon Textiles Catalouge Number 10.

…It is that time of year again where the nights start drawing in and the mornings have that chill … which can only mean one thing … that the Christmas elves are starting to get busy and we here at John Arbon Textiles are putting our latest catalogue to bed.

So, drum roll please, for the new John Arbon Textiles catalogue number 10 (out very end of October)…

Here is the cover

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Yarndale unpacked…

We are finally unpacked from Yarndale, and what a fab show it was! We love Yarndale and the beautiful Skipton countryside.

We took along brand new yarns and tops to show you lovely folk… our new Merino / Zwartbles colour blended tops, with samples of the brand new yarn range of the same fibre blend family ‘Harvest Hues’. It is designed by Frankie of the mill (Francesca Hughes) and the small initial run is currently only available to Mill Members, on the secret page. However it does feature in the new catalogue (coming soon) and will be on the website for all to have a look at come early November.

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Top additions!

We just wanted to let you know, we have added a new page to the website.

It is called named ‘Coloured Top’ and on it you will find lots of beautiful colourful tops here

This includes our exclusive Knit by Numbers, solid colour 100% Merino Tops! In this range are also the new up and coming Knit by Numbers colours we shall be making into yarn in 2016… Grape and Teal.

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Guild Summer School and our next show…

We are back and un-packed from the Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers summer school weekend show!

You would have found us nestled amongst all our fibre cans that were brimming over with different luscious blends of tops. We had a great time.

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Customer Showcase

Occasionally we like to do a blog showcasing items our talented customers have shown to us…

Here are just a few fab things…

RandiKN on Ravelry has knit the Tambourine cardigan by Julia Farwell-Clay from a past issue of Pom Pom Magazine. Randi used our Viola yarn in English Mustard. We just love this colour and fabulous pattern. Here is a picky of her sporting her lovely new cardi. Photos belong to RandiKN.

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PomPom Quarterly come to visit!

If you have managed to get your hands on the latest POMPOM Quarterly magazine (the Autumn issue), you may have noticed that they came to visit us at the Mill and also our home town of Lynton recently. We had so much fun when Lydia, Meghan, Amy and Agnes came and they have written an amazing article about their 24 hour action packed fun Friday with us. Photos are by “Agnese Sanvito for Pom Pom Quarterly.

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