I'll be adding some diary dates soon too...
So, another year starts and I've been very busy spinning yarns for showing at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March. i've created a new page here with my latest hand spun yarns - just a few for now - the photographic process is ongoing and with over 300 skeins to capture, that takes a bit of doing! Updates will be frequent so please keep coming back to see what's new - meanwhile, here's a taster of what's on offer.
I'll be adding some diary dates soon too...
After a really fantastic St Abbs Wool Festival on Saturday, I've drawn breath, had a couple of days off and now it's back on the road for...
Some dates where I'll be out and about - all squeezed into November!
Tomorrow, Friday 10th November I'll be taking a table at the St Abbs Market in the Ebba Centre, St Abbs, between 10am and 3pm - winter opening hours now! We have a bright but breezy forecast tomorrow, so come and see who's there, grab a cuppa in the new Ebba Bistro and watch the waves whipping up over the sea wall around the harbour. What could be better?
Sunday 12th November a pop-up market on Lindisfarne/Holy Island in the village hall between about 1pm and 4pm - check the tide table for safe crossing times! Once again the forecast is dry and bright, so have a bracing walk around the island, see the young gannets diving (amazing sight), follow the willow sculpture trail by local artist Anna Turnbull and have a great cup of coffee in Pilgrim's Coffee House.
Saturday and Sunday 18th & 19th November is the Melrose Crafters Art & Design Fair in Springwood Hall, Kelso with lots of really talented crafty stalls - all hand made.
Only a few days now and we will be ready to welcome everyone to the St Abbs Wool Festival in the Eyemouth Community Centre in Eyemouth. So much to see and do when you get there! If you've been following our Facebook page you will have seen images from all of our exhibitors and lots of sheep too!
Here's a link to the page.
We are having a fleece sale at the event and I just wanted to post here what's available, so if you don't do Facebook you won't miss out!
Firstly, we are very lucky indeed, to have, for our fleece sale this year, a number of hogg/shearling fleeces from the Etal flock of Hebridean sheep - photos below. The Etal Hebridean sheep are a long established flock, dating back to the 1970’s when the breed were considered to be rare. Their initial purpose was not only to look attractive but also to be used as ‘lawnmowers’ for small and awkward patches of grass such as those near to river banks and ditches. The ewes are remarkably trouble free when they lamb.
To the details then: these fleeces are very very black, with just a little bleaching on the tips, a staple length of up to 7 inches, no kemp hairs to speak of and about a kilo in weight, priced at £12. Suitable for hand spinning, felting, peg loom weaving, etc. If you'd like to get your hands on one of these beautiful fleeces, you can email us to reserve one - or more - and collect it at the St Abbs Wool Festival in Eyemouth on the 4th November."
Here's a link to the Estate! https://www.facebook.com/fordandetal/
And secondly, for all you spinners, felters and free form weavers (and anyone else!) who love working from fleeces we will also have the following varied few available to buy at the St Abbs Wool Festival in Eyemouth next Saturday! There will be: North Country Cheviot, Black Welsh Mountain, Bowmont, (Bowmont/Shetland roving), Shetland, Ryeland shearling, British Texel, (Shetland roving) and Llewyn x - and probably one or two more! Jean Bennett will be hosting the fleece stall and she has an amazing wealth of knowledge about what to look for in a fleece and how to prepare and select for spinning, so do go and see her! If you'd like to reserve any of the fleeces (we sold everything before lunchtime last year!), then please message us here!
After a wonderful wool festival in Alnmouth last weekend, autumn finds us travelling again! Staying closer to home with just a couple of forays out of Scotland before the end of the season. So here are a few dates for your diaries if you'd like to catch me out and about.
As usual, if you click on the coloured text you will go to the websites/facebook pages with more information about each event.
Friday 15th September at St Abbs Market in the Ebba Centre between 10am and 4pm, along with lots of other local food and craft producers - you really never know who's going to be there! Drop in for a cuppa at the cafe too.
Sunday 17th September an impromptu gathering and de-stash sale organised by the Lowick Quilters in the Village Hall at Lowick. A chance to pick up a great deal.
Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September it's Yarndale time!!! At the Auction Mart in Skipton - a veritable cornucopia of all things yarnie.
Friday 6th October back at the Ebba Centre for the St Abbs Market.
Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th October on Lindisfarne in the new village hall - check the tide times here for safe crossing on the causeway and see you there! It's beautiful.
Friday 20th October the regular weekly market at the Ebba Centre in St Abbs.
Our final trip south of the border is for the Kendal Wool Gathering on the weekend of the Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October. In a new venue and all beautifully lit and easy to park!
Then on Saturday 4th November it's the St Abbs Wool Festival in Eyemouth at the Community Centre. We are really looking forward's to this one! Lots of organising to do, but lovely to be on home turf.
Saturday November 18th & Sunday November 19th is the Melrose Crafters Xmas Fair at Springwood Hall, Kelso. For all the best in hand made goodies, and a great cafe come along and do the gift shopping all in one place. For arts and crafts - be it paintings, photos, wooden items, woolly items (that'll be me then!) or jewellery, locally produced quality food - chocolates, fudges & jams to name a few. See you there!
At the risk of repeating myself, here is where I'll be in August and early September. As usual, click on the coloured text to go to external websites for more information.
Coming up this weekend, starting Saturday 12th August, through until Monday 14th August I'll be at the Village Hall on Lindisfarne for a pop-up market with the St Abbs Market folk. Times the market vary due to the tide - as the island is cut off from the mainland at high tide - so check the tide tables here for safe crossing times! The market will be open when the causeway is! We had a lovely time when we were there a fortnight ago, so please come along and see what we have to offer!
Friday 18th August is the regular St Abbs Market in the Ebba Centre at St Abbs between 10am and 4pm.
Saturday 19th August sees Skybluepink Designs split between two venues!
I am excited about being invited to the Selvedge Fair in the Dovecot Tapestry Studios in Edinburgh with all my beautiful hand spun yarns, accessories made from them, my supercoil necklaces, hand woven scarves, throws and rugs, felted vessels, and drop spindle spinning kits - a new line and a lot of fun! Above is a lovely gallery of some new things I'll be taking along! So that's where I'll be between 11am and 5pm, so come along and see all the beautiful things in the Studios, have a cuppa in the cafe and perhaps take something home from me or one of the other exhibitors!
Steve will be taking the spinning fibres, buttons, needles and notions to the Broughton Gathering in Broughton Village Hall between 10am and 4pm.
On Monday the 28th August we are at the Glendale Show near Wooler for a fab agricultural day as part of the Sheeptales display in the Countryside Tent showing all the wonderful things you can do with wool!
Friday 1st September is the regular St Abbs Market in the Ebba Centre at St Abbs between 10am and 4pm.
Saturday 9th September sees us at the Alnmouth Wool Festival in the Hindmarsh Hall in Alnmouth, organised by the Sheeptales group.
First of all, please check this link to Finefettle Fibres blog - and whilst your there, have a look around her on-line shop! Judith has started stocking my handspun yarns and supercoil necklaces, so if you can't make it this far north to see me, then please go and see Judith in Felton, Northumberland.
The van is once more packed with woolly goodies going south! We set off for Thirsk and the British Wool Show this weekend - click on the coloured text to go through to the website for the BWS.
I've managed to do a bit of spinning, teaching and felting in between having a holidaying mother-in-law stay with us and doing all the touristy things!
We are back at St Abbs Friday market on the 14th & 21st July between 10am and 4pm, then a new venue on Saturday 29th July we go to Lindisfarne with St Abbs Market on tour - come along but don't get caught by the tide!
A couple of dates for August just so you can put them in your diary -
Fridays 4th & 11th August, we are at St Abbs Friday market, Saturday and Sunday 12th & 13th August back to Lindisfarne for the pop-up market.
News after the weekend of more dates - including a special show in Edinburgh....
Meantime, a few snaps of the cats helping me out in my work.
We had a lovely time at Woolfest - thank you to the Woolclip for organising such a wonderfully inspiring event and to everyone who came to say hello.
Here are a few photos of our stand - we look forward to seeing lots of familiar faces and some new ones at the British Wool Show in Thirsk on the 8th and 9th July.
P.S. If you want some supercoil necklaces please get in touch using the contact form and pre-order - I just about ran out at Woolfest and am busy spinning some more.
A bit last minute, but the van is now completely stuffed full of woolly goodies, camping gear and tasty food - we are setting off any minute now - on the road to Woolfest Cumbria 2017. We are bringing handspun yarns galore - and patterns too, supercoil necklaces in a wonderful array of colours, fabulous spinning and felting fibres, hand woven rugs and throws, hand knitted and crocheted scarves, wraps and hats, a thousand wooden buttons (at least!) in all manner of colours and shapes, bamboo knitting needles and blingy shiny crochet hooks! We are on stand D87-88, so come along and say hello.
I've now sorted out my workshop list -click here to download the leaflet. If you want to come along to try your hand at knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving, felting or dyeing, just check out the leaflet and get in touch to book a place.
I've got an introductory dyeing workshop on Friday afternoon this week (28th April) and a couple of places left so if you want to have a go, please get in touch using the form here.
Whilst I'm here, below is a list of events for the next couple of months where you can find me out and about.
Friday 5th May and 19th May, 10am to 4pm, St Abbs Market in the Ebba Centre at St Abbs. A weekly market selling locally caught fresh fish and shellfish, home made bread, cakes and pastries, local crafts and arts and a lot more!
Saturday 20th May, 10am to 4pm, the Stocksfield Gathering in Tynedale - the annual gathering of spinners, weavers and dyers in Northumberland, Cumbria and Durham. Lovely cakes too!
Saturday 27th May, 10am to 4pm, the Highland Wool and Textile Fair at the Auction Mart in Dingwall up in the Highlands!
Fridays June 2nd and 16th, between 10am and 4pm we are once again in St Abbs for the regular Friday St Abbs Market. There are regular fresh produce stalls, plus a variety of different art and craft stalls, so you never know what you might find! There are cafes too and a lovely walk around St Abbs Head where the birds are all nesting on the cliffs.
On to the biggest one of the year! Woolfest Cumbria on Friday 23rd June (10am to 6pm) and Saturday 24th June (10am to 5pm), long days to get your woolly fixes! Really looking forward to this craftiest and inspirational events of the year. Truly something for everyone.
Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th July is the British Wool Show in Thirsk at the Auction Mart. A lovely friendly show where the sun always shines and the great Yorkshire countryside is at it's best!
A little note about the Dornoch Fibre Fest on the 18th and 19th March! There are a couple of spaces left on my spinning class, so if you fancy a go at corespinning and supercoils, please get in touch with the organisers through this link here.
Even if you are fairly new to spinning you might be surprised at how quickly you pick up new techniques - so don't not do it just because you're a newbie spinner!
I've been knitting and designing for a long time and don't think I'm going to stop anytime soon. The inspiration just keeps coming, there is always a new technique to learn, a new yarn to try out and so many knitters out there in the world sharing their tips and secrets that it's sometimes hard to know what to do next.