Unravel 2014

Today I took a little trip to the Maltings in Farnham to have a look around the 2014 Unravel show. With over 70 exhibitors and held over 3 days it is fast becoming the premier knitting and yarn show in the south east of England. Stalls included yarns, tools, patterns, wonderful yarn bowls, storage ideas and various guilds and organisations. There were also several workshops and talks available to book.

I took my daughter with me, although neither of us are keen knitters (she has never got the hang of it and I only knit occasionally), she became very excited with all the supplies and she purchased a toy alpaca that she has named Alan. I on the other hand, treated it more as a research and inspiration mission for the weaving section of the course that I am really behind on.

I have never really done any weaving and am finding the course notes a bit confusing and unhelpful. I spoke to the lovely lady from Oakhanger Alpacas who gave me a few pointers, as well as discussing how my Springer Spaniel was (she bred her). I also had a long chat with the West surrey guild of weavers, spinners & dyers who were really helpful and had some wonderful items on display.

It was a really well organised show with a great selection of exhibitors. I would love to visit their textile festival (thread) in September as I am sure it will be equally as good but will unfortunately be away in Bedford.



About Julie Hooker

Having recently returned to my roots in Surrey, I am currently studying a BA Hons degree with the OCA. My work is often inspired by the local countryside in the beautiful Surrey Hills area and the wild rugged nature of the North Cornish coast. Steam engines and abandoned industrial history are also recent themes. A free machine embroiderer and felt maker; I like to explore the use of natural, found materials to create my art, whether that be as raw materials to stitch or weave with or as a material with which to produce dye or print with. Previously, I completed City and Guilds parts 1 & 2 Creative Embroidery at the East Berkshire College in Windsor in 2007. I was also awarded first place in the wearable art section of the National Quilt Championships 2008 and 2009 held annually at Sandown Park.
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