Things have been rather bustling here in woolly John Arbon Textiles land. It’s hard to believe it has already been a month since returning from Yarndale.
There have been lots of things keeping us busy…
One of our most favourite things about the woolly world are all the wonderfully vivacious, colourful, inspiring folk who populate it. The fibre community is a fab place brimming with some serious talent and many smashing events. One of the newest and biggest events in the UK hand spinning calendar is BritSpin.
As some of you know, the British Wool Spinning Marathon (or BritSpin) is a 4 day challenge event taking place from this Thursday to Sunday. The participants spin up as much yarn as possible during the challenge. All the proceeds go to the UK Association of Air Ambulances and it is a wonderful way of highlighting the many varieties and joys of British wool. And we are lucky enough to be sponsoring two teams this year: the Arbonites and the Arbonistas.
We’re bundled up in woolly garb and sipping hot chocolate because the Autumnal chill has started (as it is now the end of September, don’t you know), but, happily that can only mean one thing – Yarndale is just around the corner. This marvellous Yorkshire show is one of our very favourites. For one weekend the Skipton auction mart is bedecked with woolly bunting and transformed into a haven of textile delights..
We’re particularly looking forward to this specific Yarndale because here we will unveil our swanky new show signs. Cornish artist and fairground sign writer extraordinaire, Amy Goodwin, has created some spectacular Mill inspired hand painted signs for our show stand. Please find a sneak peak of Amy’s work in progress below and click here to take a look at her website… for those of you unable to attend the show, we’ll make sure to take some photos to share with you next week!
With autumn well and truly upon us, it’s time to start thinking of reacquainting ourselves with those trusty woollens in our wardrobes and – maybe even – preparing to cast on some new ones! To celebrate tomorrow we’ve got some delightful new Patterns launching along with our expanded Harvest Hues colour palette.
Here in Devon, the arrival of autumn is always something to be celebrated. Autumn here is awash with gently fading splendour: bracken and seadpods are slowly tinged with gold and the moorlands become dusted with gentle purple heather blossom. All the punchy, bright shades of summer soften and become more muted. This changing of the seasons is the inspiration for our Harvest Hues Yarn and Tops range.
John and Juliet have long been yearning for an excuse to visit Ireland’s dramatic coastline, so when they heard about the Yarnfolk Festival of Wool in Whitehead they began hatching plans to combine this lovely show with a bit of sight seeing.
Yarnfolk, which is organised by the lovely Louise of Lighthouse Yarns, has just had it’s second year and is going from strength to strength. This one day show takes place in a handful of different locations in Whitehead.
We had such a blast at Fibre East. We loved meeting all the folk who popped by our stand and particularly all the splendid spinners who will be joining in with BritSpin later in the year. It was Jack’s first show with us and he was a marvel – thank you to him and all those who welcomed him to the world of woolly shows.
We spent the weekend up at Woolfest, chatting to lovely folk and inhaling the yarn and fibre fumes. Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by our stand, we had a blast. It was a wonderfully sunny weekend up in Cumbria and a splendid drive through the beautiful countryside – and we even managed to fit in two World Cup matches on the way up!
We had all our usual goodies on display, with an abundance of delightful yarn and tops.
We are coming up to one of our most top-tastic shows!
Wonderwool Wales is on the last weekend of April and we are happily busy at the Mill preparing lots of sumptous Tops and fab fibre blends for spinners and Tops lovers!
We are on our usual stand of M5 and will be filling it the rafters!
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!
Last week was a flurry of organising and tidying in the Mill before the arrival of two special Italians! One was human, and one, not so much.
So, without further ado, let us introduce you to out newest member of the team… GINO! He is the non-human Italian and is our first ever brand new piece of machinery (all the others being 2nd hand and re-furbished). Gino is a lovely and shiny new cone winder. He goes super fast and is very clever. And he came with the human Italian – an engineer who came to install Gino for us and teach us all the finer points on how to use him to his utmost! We have let the human go now (thanks Massimo!) and Gino is now settling in quite nicely.
So, here are some photos of him being moved into his new home.