Also appearing at Festiwool

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Manfield Crafts

 

Since opening in 2007 Emma has stocked the shop with a beautiful selection of knitting yarn, patterns and accessories and has run workshops, knitting groups and tutorials. 


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Two friends brought together by a love of yarn and accessories now creating beautiful hand dyed yarns just for you. And what would your special hank of yarn be without a beautiful project bag to keep it in and precious stitch markers to keep track? 

We hand craft all items in our shop and are happy to dye larger quantities of yarn for you, please just drop us a message and we'll get back to you.

Appearing at Festiwool

Paper Stories

Hand dyed yarns and special gifts from Paula. 

Paper stories bloomed back in 2002, when Paula created birth announcement cards for a friend who had just given birth to her first child. Paula can custom make any of her designs, particularly her yarn dyes


North Herts Guild of Dyers, Weavers, and Spinners

The North Herts Guild supports the preservation, improvement and promotion of craftsmanship in hand weaving, spinning and dyeing.

We meet at the Letchworth Settlement 229 Nevells Road, SG6 4UB at 7.45pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.


Native Yarns

It’s important to us to support British suppliers, as we believe the quality of the fibre they produce is wonderful and should be more widely used. We’re proud to say that we’re committed to using British wool and alpaca wherever possible.

Plant-dyed yarns produce a wider range of colours than purely pastel. We revel in the rich and the vibrant as well as the delicate and subtle. The colour palette from natural dyes is one that glows with a life of its own and offers the most wonderful possibilities when working in multi-colour as they harmonise beautifully. Britain has a great heritage in wool production as well as in the crafts that celebrate this wonderful natural material. I hope, through producing plant dyed yarns, to help keep this ancient craft alive and encourage more people to value this unique world of colour in wool and alpaca. 


Mint Bee

I am an independent hand-dyer, offering luxurious yarns coloured in small batches at my home in Hertfordshire. MintBee is committed to using only the most gorgeous yarn to create beautiful things for you to work your own magic with, or just to add to your collection... 

At any given time we aim to offer a selection of the following luxurious bases. Because wool is lovely, but things that smoosh and glimmer with cashmere, alpaca, camel or silk are lovelier. 

Festiwool Bag-Along Competition

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Festiwool Bag-Along

The Bag-Along, is basically an opportunity to knit or crochet a bag of your choice and bring it along with you to Festiwool.

Festiwool has teamed up with the very talented podcasters Sam from Betsy Makes and Sandra from Cherry Heart , who are hosting a Meet and Greet session at Festiwool from 3pm to 5pm in “The Green Room” and are also helping to launch this Bag-Along competition.   We are hoping to see lots of lovely hand-knitted and crocheted bags being filled with goodies bought at the show.

Now don’t worry if you can’t make it to Festiwool, but still want to take part, Sam has started a discussion thread on Ravelry where you can post photos of your finished bags.  Visit Ravely  to find out more.

Helen has donated a special prize, one of her Woolly Chic Mandalas Kits for entries that bring their bags to the show.   Sam and Sandra will put all the names into a hat and pick out a winner during their Meet and Greet session.  There will be another lovely prize for those that enter their finished bags on the Ravelry group thread.

If you are already making a bag, that is fine, the only rule is your bag must be finished by 11th November 2017.

Plus, just to help you out further, if you purchase Festiwool tickets before the event you get special Ravelry codes for 2 free patterns – Sam’s crocheted Star Flower bag   and Helen's knitted Festibag (pictured above) 

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Bag-Along Party

If you are in the Hitchin area on Thursday 26th October, perhaps you like the sound of a Festiwool bag-along party? 

To celebrate the launch of this Festiwool Knit and Crochet Bag Along competition we thought we would have a party! You are invited to bring your crochet and knitting to Molly’s Tea Room in Hitchin on Thursday 26th October, between 7pm and 9pm and start making a bag in time for Festiwool.  This is a free event, just come along and treat yourself to some of Molly’s yummy cake!

Sam, Sandra, and Helen will all be there at Molly’s for the evening!

Tickets for Festiwool on November 11th at The Priory School in Hitchin, will be on sale (and you can pick up copies of the free patterns too when you buy your ticket)

A Poppy to Remember

During the First World War (1914–1918) much of the fighting took place in Western Europe. Previously beautiful countryside was blasted, bombed and fought over, again and again. The landscape swiftly turned to fields of mud: bleak and barren scenes where little or nothing could grow.

Bright red Flanders poppies (Papaver rhoeas) however, were delicate but resilient flowers, and grew in their thousands, flourishing even in the middle of chaos and destruction.

In the spring of 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in battle-scarred fields to write a now famous poem called 'In Flanders Fields'.

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In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

 

 

After the First World War, the poppy was adopted as a symbol of Remembrance. 

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In Hitchin, members of Hitchin Stitchin’, and pupils from Hitchin Girls’ School, and Biggleswade Academy, have been hand crafting poppies in remembrance of the Hitchin men who were killed in WW1. At Festiwool, 20017, there will be an exhibit containing poppies for each of the men who were killed in 1917, almost 1/3 of those killed between 1914 – 1919.

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Four exhibitors

PurpleN8 

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After a long career as a languages teacher, Jaqui did a two year course in stained glass inspired by the gorgeous colours of modern glass installations in London and elsewhere, especially those of Marc Chagall and Brian Clarke. Her love of colour, texture and form led he increasingly towards mosaics for the home, in particular mirrors and bowls.

 

Jaqui then found she could play with colour equally well with wool and embarked on several felt making courses, including one at the CityLit. 3D felt making has inspired her to produce several quirky hand felted vases, which satisfies her love of both felt and glass.


She has also re-discovered crochet and enjoys using wool dyed by indie dyers to make unique accessories such as shawls, scarves and wristwarmers.

Pickle Lily 

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Making Cute Things.... Using fabric and wool mix felt to create knitting and sewing gifts and accessories, as well as cute things to keep little hands happy. Jo is always happy to accept commissions

Paper Stories

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Hand dyed yarns and special gifts by Paula.

North Herts Guild of Spinners, Weavers, and Dyers

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The North Herts Guild supports the preservation, improvement and promotion of craftsmanship in hand weaving, spinning and dyeing.

We meet at the Letchworth Settlement 229 Nevells Road, SG6 4UB at 7.45pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.

Guild membership fees are £35 per year, plus £2 per evening meet (includes tea/coffee/biscuits).

Non-members welcome (£4 per evening meet includes tea/coffee/biscuits)

We’re a small friendly guild, with a lot of spinners, some weavers and a few dyers.

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Sincerely Louise is an independent, award winning knitting brand that specialises in faux taxidermy inspired designs.

We believe that knitting should be fun and that with a few simple stitches you can make something extraordinary. We think that creating something with your hands should be championed and we're so proud to be makers with a quirky sense of humour.

Launched in 2014 Sincerely Louise has grown from a one girl band working in a bedroom to a small team based in our South London studio. Our aim is to encourage and inspire as many people as possible to learn to knit and to create something fun with a big personality. 

Quaint Craft Corner 

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Katherine loves making things and wants to share them with you. She crochets, knits, sews and try new crafts whenever she discovers them. She loves vintage inspired designs, as you'll see from her items. If you'd like something customised or created just for you, let her know. 

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Spinspired 

supplies hand washed and carded fleece for spinning, felting and other textile crafts. Anna sources fleeces from local flocks whenever possible and she lucky enough to live in an area where various breeds are kept, including rare breeds and alpacas.

Raw fleeces are carefully cleaned, washed and carded before being packaged for sale or spun. Spinspired yarns are hand spun by Anna, unless otherwise stated. She also hand dyes commercial yarns. 

Spinspired knitted items are hand crafted, using both hand spun and commercially produced yarns (always stated in the item description) and, like Anna's yarns, are unique.

Sheep on Mars 

Natasha's love of wool began when she started spinning. That led her into hand-dyeing which became such a passion that she gave up her job in IT to set up Sheep On Mars. As well as spending most days dyeing yarn and sheep locks, she also finds time to use her dyed locks in her felted products such as shawls, scarves and hats. Natasha loves to create new things and is always looking to develop new products especially ones that incorporate her hand-dyed sheep locks.

When he's not doing his day job in artificial intelligence, Nick supports his wife Natasha in the running of Sheep On Mars. He's by her side when they go selling at wool festivals around the country and is often driving up narrow tracks in the countryside to find farms where they buy beautiful fleeces straight from the sheep's back! It was Nick who came up with the name "Sheep On Mars" after Natasha asked him to think of names that are different and memorable. Nick also helps with the accounts, with marketing and with this website.

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The shop is a light, bright, warm and welcoming place, jam packed with wools, yarns, notions, patterns. needle felting supplies, Tilda kits and oodles of inspiration for all

A shop where everyone feels welcome, with a fun and friendly atmosphere, a sanctuary for all away from the everyday, where customers can meet other like minded people who share a common passion.

This is such a place, the pattern tables that are surrounded by wools and yarns for every project, feel like sitting at a friends house, with customers sharing ooos, ahhhs and tips with each other. The shop is vibrant, inspiring and frequently full of joy and laughter – everything a wool shop should be!…

Spin City 

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Louise's Spin City is a treasure trove of sparkly, fluffy delights - with a myriad of rainbow dyed natural fibres collected from local English farms - which Louise combines with luxurious ingredients such as faux cashmere, soya silk, firestar, tencel and her personal favourite - glitter.

 Louise also hand crafts all her own drop spindles from wood or resin, where she traps real pressed flowers from her own garden inside during the hand pouring process - or found objects such as vintage lace, seashells or real candy sprinkles from her cupcake supplies cupboard.

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The Studio at Number 30 

In the last 7 years Kaye has been involved in teaching children sewing and creative textiles in local primary and secondary schools as well as privately at home. She is passionate about passing on the skills of sewing to the next generation. Sewing is good for children in so many ways. It is an important lifeskill which teaches fine motor skills, dexterity, patience, bulids confidence and provides a social outlet to make new friends! 

Kaye's reputation has expanded recently and she has grown out of my old space. She now has a brand new shiny studio which allows her to teach more students, including adults.

Sue Stratford Designs

Sue has also become a successful author for Search Press with titles such as Mini Knitted ChristmasKnitted Meerkats and Merry Christmas Sweaters, amongst others.

As well as having a keen eye for designing cute knitted animals with incredible character and appeal, Sue branched out to create iconic Christmas sweaters which are being used to promote Save The Childrens' 'Make the World Better with a Sweater' campaign.