Mill Membership Treats

Autumn is upon us which means we are about to release our brand new catalogue and website (we will be doing a blog shortly to show you some behind the scenes action!)

So, if you are on our mailing list, you can excitedly anticipate your new catalogue landing on your doorstep towards the end of October.

But for now, we have made some lovely limited edition runs of woolly goodies for all our Mill Members.

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Gino!

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.

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Yarndale antics

Now back and unpacked from Yarndale we are trying to comprehend the amount of Knit by Numbers cubby holes we have to fill! We had an amazing show and really enjoyed it, even with the trauma of not being able to open our very stuck trailer door on arrival, (See the photo of John wrestling the sign in on our Instagram here.) without the aid of a shepherd’s crook and the lovely duo that are Freyalyn Fibres!
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Thanks to everyone that came to visit us over the weekend. We always have so much fun talking to people about the yarns they are choosing for their latest projects, whilst weighing out Tops that are destined to be spun up or felted. It’s fab to meet so many people learning new skills and trying out new crafts. A special thank you to the lovely organisers for all their hard work and splendid young men for helping us pack all our stuff up and Freyalyn Fibres for helping sort our trailer.

We were so humbled and excited to see how well the Knit by Numbers in 4ply was received. The new Grape range is almost all gone, but we still have a special stash of each colour available via the Secret Mill Member page. And, on this secret Mill Members page, you can also find the beautiful Devon bred Bluefaced Leicester with Silk tops that are so beautifully scrumptuous.
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Some of you may have seen, and even bought, some of our new Devonia Top – a gorgeous blend of Exmoor Blueface, Devon Bluefaced Leicester and Devon Wensleydale. A real home grown blend … and I am sure John told some of you the story of this, but, if not, more on that soon ; – )
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Anyway, our next show we will be a slightly different affair … Frankie will be going to Yarnporium in London with some carefully selected yarns and brand new patterns! Keep your eyes peeled for more info over the coming week.

Shows and treats…

We had a busy time between us at the beginning of July here at John Arbon Textiles… John and Juliet went up to Durham Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers, whilst over the same weekend Becky went to the Exeter Guild who were hosting their annual fleece fair (she is a member of the guild but this month she took lots of treats in the form of fluff!) Becky was exhibiting with lots of other talented Devon fibre crafters and John was giving a talk to the guild in Durham, explaining how he began his life in the textiles industry and eventually became the master of spinning at his Mill that he is today. A lovely weekend at both ends of the country.

Other exciting things … new to our secret Mill Members page on the website we have the natural Brown Corriedale Top, and also a new Top which is a blend of said natural Brown Corriedale with 20% Mulberry Silk which makes a super classy, silky, dreamy Top. They are currently only available to Mill Members, however will make their way over to the main website after a period of time when a new run is made up at the Mill.
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OK, so we are currently busy preparing lovely woolly things for Fibre East, our next show at the end of July.

Ampthill, Bedfordshire, MK45 2NU – 30th and 31st July 2016
Saturday 10:00-17:00, Sunday 10:00-16:30

Find there website here!

We hope to see you there!

Winners of the Show & Tell raffle!

As part of our bustling Mill Open Weekend on the 15/16th May this year, we invited you lovely woolly folk to bring along anything you had crafted using something we made at the Mill – be it hand spun, knit, crocheted, felted, sewn, or everything all at once!

The winners were not based on our favourites (cos lets face it, that would be all of them), but were drawn from a hat (or should I say fibre can!). So, when John & Juliet returned from their holidays we set up the special prize draw fibre can and John plucked out 10 lucky winners (there were only supposed to be 8 but we loved everyone’s entries so much we thought we would pull another winner from each day, Saturday and Sunday, to make it a round 10).
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Raffle enteries!

After inviting everyone to come along to our Open Weekend with something crafted from our fibre or wool, it was great to see lots of entrants to the raffle to win a goodie bag.
We had some amazing things entered! From felted sheep, to experiments gone wrong with knitting then felting! And everything in between! It was lovely to hear the stories of creations also, from companionship in hospital to whipping something up on the journey to the mill. Again, we love seeing what you have made … we have a group on Ravelry dedicated to showing off your finished objects here.

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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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Thank you Wonderwool

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Wonderwool Wales was the very first outing of our brand new Knit by Numbers 4-ply. We took it along in it’s beautiful new display cabinets (hand made for us by the joiners down the road from the mill in South Molton).
Having the huge range of colours in DK and 4ply side by side on our stand looked amazing … 91 different shades of each creating a glorious colour experience!
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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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