Cheering on our BritSpin teams

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.

John with Marilyn and Hilary when they visited the Mill earlier this year. They had a right laugh and are giving him fibre horns in the photo!

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Goodbye Fibre East and Hello Yarnfolk!

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.

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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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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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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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