Open Weekend 2016

Our 3rd Mill Open Weekend is now just around the corner (Sat 14th and Sun 15th May)!

We are busily polishing our most prized machines – they will be standing proud waiting to show you what they’re capable of!

Here are a few photos of our machines in action to wet your appetite!

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Top Confirmation for Sitting Knitting!

John has now confirmed which tops we can squeeze into the Van alongside the Yarns when he visits Sitting Knitting for the trunk show (Sat 23rd Jan, 10.30-4.30!)

Sitting Knitting
Stable Gallery, Rear of 7 Belwell Lane
Four Oaks
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
B74 4AA
United Kingdom
Telephone: 0121 308 4205
Email: Rachel@sittingknitting.com

So if you are a spinner, felter, or any other type of fluffy crafter you can look forward to this splendid list of tops we will be bringing along!

Our Natural coloured tops include…..

Alpaca superfine in brown.

The incredible Alpaca Supreme, a blend of Alpaca, Merino & Silk (in white and anthracite) … just breath taking and glorious.
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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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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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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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Top Tastic Fibre East

What a blast we had at Fibre East … we camped, got rained on and had a fabulous show.

As always, it was great to see everyone again and catch up with projects in the planning and just completed.

A lovely customer – Adrienne, who often visits our stand at shows, has finished her blanket that we have been longing to see for months!

A whopping 3.5 Kg worth of Knit By Numbers yarn was used to create this amazing piece!

It looks totally wonderful…

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Spinach / Cabbage / Squashed Frog… SYCAMORE

After much deliberation of what to call our new Merino/Zwartbles browny/green top, made exclusively for the secret Mill Members page…

…it is now called SYCAMORE… we felt Spinach did not do it justice, it will be available on the secret Mill Members page imminently.

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Do we think Sycamore works the best?

To find out more about becoming a Mill Member, click HERE.

Membership secrets

Hello woolly folk!

We thought we would share some info about the goodies on the secret Mill Members web page at the moment.

One of the perks of being a Mill Member is you get first look at our new scrummy fibres and luscious yarns.

On the secret Mill Member web page we have two new wondrous tops, and two limited edition yarns, exclusive to our Mill Members.
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