Although this happened two weeks ago, I wanted to put up a quick post of my Fibre East experience. In the last two weeks I have packed up all my things and moved across the UK to live with my boyfriend and start a new job. Exciting times! But onto the fibre festival:
I didn’t have a full day to explore Fibre East and I think you definitely need a good few hours to see every nook and cranny of this place. Set in a school in Hertfordshire, just north of London, Fibre East keeps growing. I last went two years ago and I think it has at least doubled in size since then.
Entry costs £10 and you’re provided with a map of the place. You will need this as the stalls are spread out in different halls and buildings around the school.
The first building I entered had various guilds and societies from the local area including the knitting’s and crochet guild with a table covered in knitted and crocheted items. Just look at these mice!
Then there was the Northants Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.
They had an amazing stall displaying naturally dyed yarn and lots of different looms with samples on them. You could even try weaving yourself! It’s inspired me to have another try at weaving and attend my local guild in Winchester.
Another interesting stall was from British Wool. There were huge wraps of wool in boxes, on tables and hanging from coat racks.
Unfortunately because this was a few weeks ago I can’t remember all of the stall holders whose booths I photographed. One of those moments you’re sure you’ll remember all of them!
Although you can’t help but recognise the John Arbon area. Walls of colour in either fibre or yarn. With beautiful samples.
I’m trying to make a conscious effort this year to save money and not buy random skeins. I loved the jumper above but I don’t think the colours were quite right. I wandered away to think about it and spotted another jumper I couldn’t walk away from. This is from Wensleydale Longwool yarns. Sadly their shop was flooded in the recent flash floods in the north of England. The ladies running the stall were delightful and I hope not too much of their stock was damaged.
I instantly bought the kit which was my single purchase from the show. The colours stand out enough to see the colour work but blend together beautifully from a distance.
A few other things I want to buy in the future are some yarn from Shropshire Ply:
This specific red from Skein Queen that caught my eye and wouldn’t let go:
And this jumper in Aran weight yarn. The design is Brookins by Olive Knits and the yarn is from Sherwood Yarn (thumb helpfully over the website!).
And finally all of the colours from Triskelion Yarns!
It was a great day of wandering around, chatting to stall holders and hearing the story behind their yarn. I can’t wait to buy more skeins once I’ve put a dent in my current stash!
Did you go to Fibre East?
Have a great week x